What would a true British tea time be without these mouthwatering scones? Heavenly rich and fluffy, hard to resist not having one too many. Which is why I decided to make a small batch only. The quantities listed below make 5 scones, so do feel free to double up if you want to make more. Whether you serve them with jam and clotted cream or just on their own, they are absolutely gorgeous warm or cold. I always have at least one as soon as they come out of the oven, the smell of freshly baked goodies is just so tempting.
On a few special occasions like anniversaries or Valentine’s Day I was brave enough to book a table for the afternoon tea in some posh hotels in London. Such a treat! They were quite dear, but then every single pence spent was so worth it. Having a lovely cup of tea with some delish sandwiches, cakes and scones and enjoying a great company has no price, really.
You can, however, make your own special tea time at home with these finger-licking scones. From start to getting them out of the oven only takes about 15-20 minutes, so you really have no excuse not to bake them. I used dried cranberries, but sultanas or any other dried fruit would do. Or just omit the dried fruit altogether if you like plain scones. Oh, my world!
Homemade tea time scones
- 175 g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 100 ml full-fat milk
- 50 g butter
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- a handful of dried cranberries
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- double or clotted cream
- strawberry jam
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
- Sift the flour in a large bowl, add the baking powder and salt and mix.
- Cut the butter into small cubes and rub them into the flour using your hands so that it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Warm up the milk in the microwave for 10 seconds, then pour it into the dried ingredients.
- Add the caster sugar, lemon an vanilla extract and dried cranberries.
- Using your hands, knead it into a dough. I find that the dough is so easy to work with, that there is no need to transfer it to the work surface, just slightly knead it into a ball.
- Divide the dough into 5 smaller balls and shape patties with your hands.
- Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper and bake the scones for 12-15 minutes until golden.
- Serve with strawberry jam and clotted cream or any other cream you like.