Scones, a popular British baked dish which is equally popular in Ireland & United Kingdom. Traditional Irish Scones are made with a combination of flour, butter, sugar & dried fruits. There are few tips used to make the flaky buttery scones of your life-time including the folding technique which is covered in this post. Learn how to make buttery scones recipe with clotted cream and jam.
Have you tried buttery scones with clotted cream and jam. If not you have to try because it is so good. Scones are one of the easy recipe to make, All you need is some basic pantry staples and few techniques. In this detailed scones recipe post, I have shared recipe for clotted cream and berry jam so make sure you read till the end.
A Scone is a popular British baked dish which is equally popular in Ireland & United Kingdom. It is made with plain flour, wheat flour or oatmeal which is flavoured with any ingredients like orange zest, raisins, cranberry or chocolate. It has baking powder as leavening agent and made into a dough which is then cut into small rounds using cookie cutter or triangles and baked. Check my treacle scones & orange cranberry scones.
There are many variety of scones. Some of the most popular ones are potato scones which has potato flour. Griddled Scones are baked scones, split in half and grilled with some butter and served as a part of Full English breakfast. Fruit scones has addition lemon zest, orange zest, dried fruits like cranberries, raisins, apricots, currants, sultanas, peel and glacé cherries.
To achieve flaky buttery light scones you need to follow two important tips. Always make sure your ingredients are cold. The dough has to be super cold before baking. Once dough is just mixed transfer to a work surface and give few folds to it to create the flaky layers.
Scones are usually served with a cup of tea. Popular way of serving scones is with clotted cream which is a thick baked cream and jam or golden syrup.
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Plain Flour – I used refined flour in this recipe for tender buttery scones. You can use half whole wheat flour and half plain flour.
Sugar – Use caster sugar in scones for the sweetness. Extra sprinkling of sugar on top of the scones create a sugary crust.
Butter – use unsalted butter which is cold. Chop butter into small pieces and mix into flour till it is bread crumbs texture.
Baking Powder – a bit of baking powder gives the required lift to the scones.
Egg – Egg is used in the scones mixture and also as egg wash over the scones. make sure you use cold egg in the scones.
Milk – use full fat milk which is required to be cold.
Salt – you need to add salt in the scones for balance of taste.
Irish Scones Preparation
Preheat oven to 425 degree C / 220 degree F. Mix egg and milk together and put it in fridge till needed.
Make Scones Dough
Take flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl and mix well. Add in cubed cold butter into it and use a fork to mix it into the flour to create crumble like. Add in raisins and mix well. Now add in the wet ingredients and use the fork to bring it together, the mixture will looks crumbly at this point.
Folding Scones to Create Flaky Layers
Now take the dough in a work surface and gently bring it together. Start folding the crumbly scones mixture over itself. Repeat this few times, As you do this folds the scones dough will come together into a manageable mixture. Still it will look rustic in look, that is what you want. Use a cookie cutter to cut out scone shapes.
Egg wash & Baking
Now arrange it in a baking tray and brush with the remaining milk and egg mix. Sprinkle top with some sugar and bake for 14 to 17 mins. Now remove from oven and cool slightly. Serve with jam and cream.
You can flavour the dough with whichever flavourings you prefer. Some popular flavours are lemon zest, orange zest, dried fruits like cranberries, raisins, apricots, currants, sultanas, peel and glacé cherries. Chocolate chips can be added to scones dough.
Make sure the scones dough is cold before baking which helps with the flaky texture. You can make scones dough the day before and store in fridge and bake next day. Use cold butter, cold egg and milk for making dough.
Don’t over mix the dough, it should look crumbly. So add milk and egg mix little at a time.
Folding for Flaky Layers
Folding technique is important to bring the dough together and also to create layers. Take crumbly scones mix onto a cold working surface preferably marble or steel work surface. Flatten it and fold it over itself. Repeat this few times to shape the scones.
Make Ahead & Freezing
Once the dough is done folding, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and freeze. You can thaw the frozen dough in fridge and bake whenever you need.
How to Make Scones (Stepwise Pictures)
1)Start by preheating oven to 220 degree C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
Take egg, milk in a bowl. Make sure the egg and milk is cold.
2)Mix egg and milk really well and put it back in fridge till needed. So it stays cold.
Make Scones Dough
3)Take plain flour in a bowl.
4)Add in sugar.
5)Add baking powder and salt to the flour.
6)Mix this really well so the baking powder is evenly mixed into the flour.
7)Add in cubed cold butter. Make sure the butter is super cold.
8)Now use your fingers or a fork to mix the butter into the flour.
9)The mixture should resembles breadcrumbs texture.
10)Now add in the cold egg and milk. Don’t pour everything all at once. Add little at a time. Also leave some behind for egg wash.
11)Now use a fork to gently mix the flour into the egg milk mix.
12)The mixture should looks clumpy. This is the correct texture.
Folding Scones Dough to Create Flaky Layers
13) Transfer the scones mixture to a work surface. Start folding it from one side and the other. Repeat this 3 to 4 times which creates flaky layers.
14)Once it is done folding. Gently flatten the dough. If you feel the dough is too warm, you can place it in fridge for 10 minutes to chill it.
15)Dip the cookie cutter in some flour and cut out small circles.
16)Cute little scones.
Egg Wash & Bake
17)arrange the scones in baking tray lined with parchment paper.
18)Brush the scones with some egg wash.
19)Sprinkle top with some sugar.
20)Time to bake. Bake in preheated oven for 14 to 17 minutes.
21)Scones baked till golden.
23)Enjoy scones with jam. For more serving ideas, check below.
Clotted Cream for Scones
Scones are usually served with clotted cream. Clotted cream is baked cream. It is made by slow baking thick cream in oven for 12 to 15 hours and allowed to cool slowly to create luscious nutty tasting cream known as clotted cream.
Making clotted cream take so many hours to make but this version is an instant version which takes less than 20 minutes to make.
- 200 ml Cream (fat content 25% to 30%)
- 2 tbsp Butter
How to Make Clotted Cream for Scones
Take cream and butter in a shallow frying pan or saute pan. Heat and cook on low heat for 10 minutes stirring constantly until it is reduced by half. Once it is reduced, transfer to a ramekin or bowl and place in fridge to set overnight. The next day clotted cream is ready to serve. Scoop the thick set clotted cream and place over scones with jam and enjoy.
Mixed Berry Jam for Scones
Traditionally scones are served with jam. I have so many jam recipes on this blog which you can choose from. This version of jam is easy recipe made with mixed berries and pectin.
- 2 cups Mixed Berry
- 1 ½ cup Sugar
- 1 tbsp Pectin
- 2 tsp Lemon Juice
How to Make Mixed Berry Jam
Mix sugar with pectin powder and set aside. Take mixed berry in a heavy bottom sauce pan and place over heat. After 2 to 3 minutes the berries will start to cook. Use a potato masher to mash it roughly. Once the berries are mashed, Add in the pectin sugar and mix well. Bring everything to a full boil. Once it reaches full boil, take it off the heat and add lemon juice. Pour this in clean glass jar and allow to cool. Store under refrigeration.
How to Serve Scones
Scones are usually served with a cup of tea. Popular way of serving scones is with clotted cream which is a thick baked cream and jams or golden syrup.
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Scones | Irish Scones Recipe
Scones, a popular British baked dish which is equally popular in Ireland & United Kingdom. Traditional Irish Scones are made with a combination of flour, butter, sugar & dried fruits. There are few tips used to make the flaky buttery scones of your life-time including the folding technique which is covered in this post. Learn how to make buttery scones with clotted cream and jam.
Servings: 8 scones
- Make sure the scones dough is cold before baking which helps with the flaky texture.
- you can make scones dough the day before and store in fridge and bake next day.
- Use cold butter, cold egg and milk for making dough.
- Don’t over mix the dough, it should look crumbly. So add milk and egg mix little at a time.
- Folding technique is important to bring the dough together and also to create layers.
- Once the dough is done folding, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and freeze. You can thaw the frozen dough in fridge and bake whenever you need
- You can flavour the dough with whichever flavourings you prefer.
Serving: 1servings | Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 2mg
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