I LOVE SCONES. I really do. They are my favourite tea-time pastries. Some are moist while others are dry like biscuits. For me, my preferred scones would be those that are dry and buttery on the outside, but soft and moist on the inside!
I checked my kitchen and there were loads of multi-purpose flour lying around. Two packets are past their expiry dates and I really wanted to bake something with them! Spent the night before searching online for a good recipe and because I didn’t want to waste time making failed pastries. I’ve been there and done that too many times 😦
So imagine my delight and surprise when I chanced upon the following recipe that got me my FIRST home-made scones. They are light and moist and don’t feel heavy on the stomach. RockstarPapasan saw my Instagram and came back asking to try it. He is not a pastry person but the scones drew praises from him! Yippppeeee.
Many have asked for the recipe so I’ve decided to upload it here for my own reference too!
MINIMOMMA FIRST HOME-MADE SCONES
3 1/4 cup (390g) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup (100g) granulated sugar *U may reduce the amount of sugar if you prefer it to be less sweet, especially when you may serve with clotted cream and jam*
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounce (227g) cream cheese *I use SCS brand*
1/2 cup (115g) cold slightly melted unsalted butter
1 large egg (about 57-60g with shell on)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup (60g) milk, plus 1 – 2 tablespoons (if needed) *You may use plant based milk for healthier option*
1/2 cup diced dried fruits or berries (apricots, raisins, blueberries are good options)
Sugar for garnish (optional)
1) Preheat over to 200°C.
2) Prepare a baking tray and line with parchment paper.
3) In a large bowl, sieve your flour and whisk the dry ingredients together.
4) Cut the cream cheese and butter using a fork. Mix them into the dry ingredients, until the chunks of butter and cream cheese are about the size of peas. I use my hands to knead them.
5) Stir in the dried fruits or berries.
6) In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together.
7) Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stir with a fork or knead with your hand until the dough is evenly moistened.
8) Pat the dough into your preferred thickness.
9) Cut the dough into your preferred shape.
10) Brush the tops lightly with milk and sprinkle some sugar.
11) place the scones about 1-2 inches apart on the parchment paper.
12) Bake for 18-20mins until the tops are light golden brown or when the toothpick comes out clean.
13) Serve hot with clotted cream and jam.