Fruit scones

My hubby loves his sweet things and as you know I’m having to be good getting ready for surgery but as he is having a bit of a bad time at the moment I asked him if I could get him anything and he told me he really fancied scones.

I’ve never made scones before so thought it was about time I tried and the obvious place to start was the wonderful Mary Berry. Her recipe from the saga website seemed straightforward, I had all the ingredients in and the recipe promised hubby would be eating scones in 20 minutes flat.

Ingredients

  • 75g butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp baking powder
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 75g dried fruit (I had a little mixed snack pot from Lidl)
  • 125ml milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Method

In a large bowl Mix the butter and baking powder then rub in the cubes butter till you get loose breadcrumbs. It doesn’t matter if you can still see butter lumps as this will all work out in the baking!!

Add in the dried fruit and sugar and mix around wih a palette knife, adding both eggs (leave a little egg for glazing) and gradually add milk to combine into a loose dough. Only add milk till things come together but don’t get sticky (even if it does add a little more flour)

Flour the worksurface then pop down the dough, kneading gently till it comes together. Roll out 2cm thick (makes about a dinner plate wide) then start to cut out scones, rolling up leftovers to use up the dough

Pop each on a lined greased baking tray and then glaze with remaining egg, then pop into the oven for 10 mins or until golden and risen slightly.

Eat these as soon as you can after they come out of the oven with butter and jam (and cream if you are feeling decadent). We had ours with some Bonne Maman apricot conserve and some creamy butter.

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