Traditional English Scones

Photography by Yuki Sugiura / Recipe Development and Food Styling by Edd Kimber

Edd Kimber, blogger behind The Boy Who Bakes, believes there aren’t many things better than a scone topped with clotted cream and jam. Scones are known the world over for a good reason! His recipe is fairly traditional but incorporates a slightly unusual kneading and resting technique he learned at Le Manoir, a two-star Michelin restaurant he spent a little time in after The Great British Bake Off. If you don’t have time for the resting, don’t worry—bake the scones as soon as they have been formed. They will still taste excellent; they just won’t look quite the same.

Traditional English Scones
 
Makes 8 scones
Ingredients
  • 2¾ cups (344 grams) plain/cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt
  • ¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup (100 grams) caster sugar
  • ½ cup (64 grams) raisins or sultanas, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and drained
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon (95 grams) whole milk
  • 3 large eggs (150 grams), divided
  • Clotted cream and jam, to serve
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender or your fingertips, rub in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in sugar.
  2. In a small bowl, combine drained raisins, milk, and 2 eggs. Make a well in center of dry ingredients. Add raisin mixture, and using a knife, stir together just until a soft, wet dough forms.
  3. Turn out dough onto a heavily floured surface, and sprinkle with flour. Gently knead dough by folding in half and then turning through 45 degrees. Repeat until dough is smooth and springs back slightly when pressed. (Be careful not to overwork the dough. This is a light, very brief action. You are not kneading bread; it is more of a folding motion to create a smooth dough and incorporate a little air.)
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly sprinkle dough with flour, and roll to about 1-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch round cutter, cut dough, rerolling scraps as necessary. (When cutting scones, push the cutter into the dough using a straight up-and-down motion.) Place on prepared pan. Let rest for 1 hour. (Resting gives the scones a more refined, less rustic look. The baking powder gets to work, and the dough will puff out slightly, giving a slightly wider base, which, when baked, looks more like something you’d get at a hote afternoon tea.)
  5. Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C).
  6. In a small bowl, whisk remaining 1 egg; brush over top of scones (avoid getting any egg on the sides, as this will prevent the scones from rising properly).
  7. Bake until golden brown on top, about 12 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving with clotted cream and jam.

 

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