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Home Baking: How To Make Fruit Scones

ingredientsIf you’re anything like us, then the Great British Bake Off has inspired you to bake more at home. There literally is no alternative to home baking, so we thought we would show you how we made some fruity (Semi burnt) scones!

You really don’t need many ingredients to make some fruit scones. Here’s what you’ll need:-

  • 200g Self Raising Flour
  • pinch salt
  • 100ml Milk (1/4 pint)
  • 50g Butter/Margarine
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 50g Sultanas/Raisins
  • Baking Powder

You can get all of the ingredients from: Tesco Groceries

In terms of equipment, all you will need is:

  • a large mixing bowl
  • measuring jug
  • scales
  • a mixing spoon
  • rolling pin
  • scone cutter

How to make fruit scones:

Before you start, preheat your oven to 22o°C,425°F or Gas Mark 7, and grease your baking tray – I usually line mine with baking paper so I don’t need to grease it.

mixture

Firstly put your flour and baking powder and salt into your bowl, mix together and add the margarine.  Rub the margarine into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs and all the margarine is rubbed in.

Add the sugar and sultanas and mix together.

Add the milk and mix together to make a soft dough and knead lightly,  this is when I usually get my hands into the mixture, (quick tip – if you plan to use your hands make sure to dust them with flour first as this should help stop the mixture sticking to your hands).

Dust your baking board/work surface with flour and turn your scone mix out onto it.  Before rolling out make sure to dust your rolling pin and the top of your mixture with some flour before you start to roll out. Roll out to around 1cm thick using a cutter which has dipped into flour to stop the mixture sticking. There’s always a little dough left after cutting out the scones – knead these pieces together and re roll and cut out another scone or two.  What’s left now isn’t worthy of calling a scone – join the pieces together and rub them in your hands to form a ball and bake it with the rest.

scones

Pop your scones onto the middle shelf of your preheated oven and put the kettle on (you have about 10-12 minutes to spare before your scones are ready and you’re bound to need a cup of tea or coffee by now)

 

oven

Most ovens have a glass door, so it’s fairly easy to keep an eye on them without opening the oven door.  Fans of the Great British Bake Off will probaly already know that continually opening the oven door makes your baking go flat.  (UTCT’s Holly made this mistake!)

When the top of your scones have gone a nice goldenny brown remove from the oven and gently tap the bottom of the scones and listen for a hollow noise  – this indicates that they are ready.

scones-finish

The finished result should be some lovely golden brown scones.

Remember that little piece that was too small to be a scone?  This is called the ‘Cooks Cheat’, so get that butter out and melt in into your small scone while it’s still warm.  Mmmm – well somebody has to be first to try them out!

Cream scones anyone?

We would love it if you would share your recipe’s or pictures of your own scones!

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