Last night, while watching Of Mice and Men (Me for the millionth, Bill for the first time!) we both got a hankering for a little something with our tea, and scones are so easy and quick, so between rubbing in the butter in front of the tv and then wandering in and out of the kitchen now and then, the scones appeared, risen and golden and warm beside our cups of tea...
One is never enough...
Buttermilk fruit scones (as per the river cottage cookbook)
450gms Self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsps Baking powder
100gms Caster sugar
125gms of mixed dried fruit (I use sultanas, raisins and cranberry mix)
about 300ml buttermilk
Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter until you have a damp sandy texture. Add the sugar and the fruit. Then add the buttermilk, bit by bit, until you have a raggy dough. Upturn onto a floured board and with your hands flatten to about 2-3 cms thick. I do this with my hands, instead of a rolling pin, because it leaves the texture, inside the scone, airy and layered. Cut out as many scones as you can get and place on a hot baking tray (helps cook the bottoms!)
Just before putting in a hot (190c) oven, brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with caster sugar, this leaves a lovely crispy sugary glaze!
My other favorite scone recipe, from Domestic Goddess, has no sugar in it, which this one does. It really depends on what mood you're in, these scones are sweet and light. Try both and pick your fav, I tend to chop and change depending on my mood!