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Tea Scones

Devon Clotted Cream

British High Tea (around four in the afternoon) is the time for a cup of hot tea and scones which are traditionally served with butter, strawberry jam and Devon Clotted Cream. To make Scottish scones add a 1/4 cup currants. Follow directions, then instead of cutting into individual scones, set dough on baking sheet. Form a 1/2-inch thick round, slash top to form "spokes" of a wheel or some say this represents a Celtic Cross. Brush with milk and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Scones

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup cold butter
    1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
    1/4 cup fat-free milk
    1 large egg
    Milk for glazing

Toppings

    Butter
    Raspberry Jam
    Whipped Cream or Clotted Cream
    Violet flowers

 

1.  Preheat the oven to 450 . In a large bowl, use a fork to stir the
     flour, baking powder, sugar and salt just until blended.

2.  Cut the butter into thin slices with a serrated knife, then cut
     the butter into the flour with two dinner knives or a mixer
     on low speed until the mixture is crumbly.

3.  In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk, milk and egg. Add
     to the flour mixture to form a soft dough, stirring to the right with
     a fork. Keep stirring until all the flour is incorporated.

4.  Pat the dough out gently on floured breadboard to form a
     1/2-inch-thick round. Contrary to popular belief, this dough
     should never be kneaded as this will produce tough scones.

5.  Cut with a sharp biscuit cutter. Set each scone on the
     baking sheet and then brush the tops with the milk by using a
     pastry brush.

6.  Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.

7.  Cut the scones in half horizontally and set on plates with the
     cut sides facing up. Top with butter, jam and cream. Violet
     flowers look pretty when placed on the top of the whip cream.

     Variation: If you prefer, you can cooked scones on a griddle.
     Turn only once during the cooking process and regulate the
     heat so they cook completely and don't brown too much.

     Makes 6-8 scones



 

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