Light and Fluffy Scones

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A couple of weeks ago, we invited our friend, Sue, over as a thank you for all the help she gave us in the garden. We decided to make some scones, which sounds pretty easy, right? I remember whipping up light fluffy scones in England no problem at all. Here, in Ontario, at least, it has been a struggle, and not just me, but most of my friends too. We don’t have self-raising flour, and the flour we do have is heavy enough to bake bread. The scones usually resemble hockey pucks! Wasn’t I amazed to read a recipe from Paul Hollywood’s book “British Baking” that uses bread flour! Becky and I began our 17th Bake-Off challenge, Sultana Scone Ring.

You need 225g bread flour, a pinch of salt, and 40g butter, diced. Rub in the butter until you have a breadcrumb mixture. Add 40g sugar, 60g sultanas, 2 tsp baking powder, and 1 egg. We used dried cranberries instead of sultanas. Mix gently and start adding 125ml milk until you have a very soft dough. You probably won’t need all of it. Put another 25g/tbsp. flour on a work surface. Fold the dough several times, turning 90 degrees each time until the dough is smooth.  Don’t over work the dough! Make a circle 2.5cm/1″ thick and place on a prepared baking tray. Mark 8 triangles in the dough cutting part way into the dough.

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Brush the top with egg and bake at 220C/425 F for 20 minutes. We gave it the full 20 minutes, but I think it could have come out a couple of minutes earlier.

The scone ring rose beautifully. We made some orange honey butter to go with it; orange and cranberries, oh yeah.

We had a lovely morning outside and then we invited Sue for lunch.

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Chicken and strawberry salad with pecans. Yum!

We haven’t baked since, and Becky is away at the moment, so there probably won’t be any more baking for a while. We have been busy and will try and post some photos of our adventures.

Happy baking!

Cheryl and Becky

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About chebandbecky

I was born in Birmingham, England and emigrated to Canada in 1988. Becky is my daughter who was injured in a car accident. We are working towards her independence.
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8 Responses to Light and Fluffy Scones

  1. Wow! That looks so delicious! 🙂

  2. restlessjo says:

    They look delicious! Many thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. elliebleu says:

    What a great idea to leave the scones in a loaf and cut it afterwards. Saves time and looks delish.

  4. I can see the Brummie coming out in these scones. They look gorgeous.

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