One of the most British things i can think of is Afternoon tea. And nothing screams that more than Scones. The main type of scone that we serve here are with golden sultanas. Yumm. I do love the texture and taste and combination of scones, clotted cream and jam.
I have been doing a lot of parties recently which offered afternoon tea and cakes and i wanted to come up with different types of scone.. By all means these were not ground breaking variations, but they were indeed fantastic. I made a selection of Craisins (dried cranberries), Sultanas, plain and milk chocolate. They were a huge hit.....
I always make scones and have been following the same recipe for almost 10 years until i decided to try a new one and i am sooo glad i did. It is the BEST one i have made and eaten to date. The recipe originally comes from Tartine bakery in San Fransisco. It is wonderful and versatile to use it with any flavour. Oooh i almost forgot, i made this scone with grated cheddar, cayenne pepper and dill. Oh did that turn out to be good or what?!?!? LOVELY!. I swallowed it up and so did my other half.
This recipe would be a basic recipe, obviously omitting the sugar if you are making savoury scones....
680g / 4 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1T baking powder
3/4 t Bicarbonate of soda
100g caster sugar/ 1/2 cup (omit if you are making savoury)
255g/ 1 cup + 1 TB very cold butter cut in to cubes
375ml/ 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Currants, chocolate, craisins, nuts (whatever your choice) use 150-200g or nothing at all if you want plain.
- Add flour, salt baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and mix.
- Add sugar and butter and mix till you get a breadcrumb mixture.
- Add the buttermilk and mix till you get a nice combined dough.
- Cut the dough in 2.
- Turn one piece out onto a slightly floured surface and flatten into a round shape and get your filling and place on top and roll till well combined.
- Cut into 8 triangles and place on a baking sheet.
- Coat with egg wash and place in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit / 400 C for about 25 minutes.
- Serve with clotted cream and jam or plain.
Something i will be making a serving in my deli for sure. What a great bakery Tartine is. Makes me wish I live in San Fransisco....