Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cinnamon Raisin Scones

Yes. Really. Like Gerald Durrell and Enid Blyton.

I grew up hearing/reading about these things, and never et a one, even when I visited old Blighty. This week a friend got me into a baking mood, so I made Mushroom and Potato Quiche, and now tried scones. No idea if this is what they should be like, but melikes! also, SUPREMELY unhealthy!

  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 100 g butter (salted), cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup milk (original said buttermilk)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest/1 tbs orange zest
  • 3/4 cup raisins, soaked for a bit and then dried
  • 2 tsp powdered cinnamon

Mix together, with spoon, spatula or whisk, the dry ingredients in a big bowl. Add butter, and slash with knives till it looks like breadcrumbs (will put in picture next time). Add milk/buttermilk, zest, cinnamon and raisins, and mix with hands till it comes together in a loose dough. Flour a rolling surface (I used cleaned countertop), and pat into rectangle. Cut into four and then each piece diagonally, to get 8 scones. Grease and flour baking sheet (or, as in my case, 2 steel plates, to be done in 2 batches), and bake at 250C for 15 min. If the tops aren't brown and they don't look crumbly, bake a little longer - play by ear.

Serve hot.

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