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Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Jammin' with British Scones and Clotted Cream!

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Fresh from the oven

There is a wonderful British tradition, afternoon tea.

In times gone by, it used to be more of a light meal - a pot of steaming hot tea and tiny sandwiches, cakes and pastries - taken between 3 and 5pm. Nowadays, the more formal afternoon tea is only served on special occasions, in hotels or when friends pop round. Cream teas are more popular, and can be found in every tea shop.

At the weekends, we quite often stop for a mid afternoon cuppa and a biccy, recharging our batteries after slogging in the garden.
It's a treat to have a cream tea - warm scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam - something we normally indulge in when on holiday, or when a pot of Cornish clotted cream finds it's way into my shopping trolley.

The recipe I use for rich scones has been adapted from the Be-Ro cookery book. The traditional method is to rub the fat into the flour using your fingertips, but I find that by doing the rubbing in bit with the food processor, your scones are far lighter and more crumbly in texture - you really don't want them to end up too heavy or 'cake like'.

Now, for the controversial part! Jam or cream on top? There is a big difference, ask any cream tea aficionado. We can argue about it until the cows come home, but for me it's got to be jam.
Why? Well, it just tastes better! Try it and see for yourself!

PS. You can use any jam that takes your fancy, it doesn't have to be strawberry. My 14 yr old likes to eat his with a drizzle of caramel on top - kids eh! And if you can't get hold of clotted cream, use the thickest double (heavy) cream you can find.
Oh... and they also taste good cold!

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Rich Scones
Adapted from Home Recipes with Be-Ro

200g (8oz) self-raising flour
1 pinch salt
50g (2oz) unsalted butter
25g (1oz) caster sugar
50g (2oz) currants or sultanas (optional - I left them out)
1 large egg beaten with enough milk to make 125ml (¼ pint) liquid

Heat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7.

In a food processor, pulse the flour, salt and butter to make fine breadcrumbs. If you don't have a food processor, rub the flour, salt and fat in with your fingertips until fine.

Transfer the mixture into a large mixing bowl and stir in the sugar and dried fruit if using.

Add the egg and milk, reserving a little for brushing the tops of the scones. Stir with a flat bladed knife until the mixture comes together.

Knead lightly on a floured surface a couple of times until the mixture is smooth. Be careful not to overwork the dough as this will make the scones tough. Roll out the dough to between ¾ and 1" in thickness.

Cut out rounds using a biscuit (cookie) cutter, any size will do but I like a 2½ inch size cutter. Re-roll the trimmings to use up all the dough.

Place on a baking tray and brush just the tops with the reserved egg and milk.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until well risen and the tops are golden.

Split them in half horizontally and serve warm (or cold) with clotted cream and jam.

(Printable Recipe)

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Ready for baking

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As we are slap bang in the middle of British Food Fortnight, these scones are my entry into this year's blog event being held by Antonia of Food, Glorious Food!

Last year's entry was a Hazelnut Cartwheel, a dessert made with pastry and cake crumbs, a bit unusual and different from anything I've made before.

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37 comments:

Antonia said...

Ooh yum - a proper British cream tea is so so good. Your scones look so perfect and I agree, jam on top tastes best! Thank you for your entry.

partimecook said...

OMG! I love scones... and these pics are so... inviting to eat!

In spanish supermarkets there are no double cream or clotted cream to buy.

I miss scones with that delicious cream...

That's why I love your post, it reminds me of those moments I enjoyed in UK.

Cheers.

Sheryl said...

wow...

Lisa said...

Those scones look delightful and I would truly love one just now. They look lovely with the jam dripping down the side but I'd say my favorite topping is clotted cream, probably because we can't really get it here. There's something about scarcity that makes it taste that much better.

The Mrs. said...

These scones look amazing!! My mouth is watering!

LyB said...

Oh, my! And I've been making jam like crazy! Those scones look fabulous, very light and buttery.

Bellini Valli said...

Definitely a keeper:D

Sam said...

I'm with you cream first then jam. These look fantastic I love scones!

Margaret said...

Beautiful scones from the very trusted Bero cookery book.
Yes - jam on top is best, but then again........

Jan said...

Nic - You should get a job as a photograper for Marks and Spencer food. Amazing pictures.
Those scones look great!

Grace said...

lovely scones, even better jam. i live for drip shots. :)

Rosie said...

Oh my goodness one of my all time favourites Nic and your scones look perfection indeed!! Wonderful entry!!

Rosie x

Raquel said...

Wow, Nic! I adore scones and those look excellent! We do not have clotted cream locally :(. I usually just whip some heavy cream and some cream cheese together. Much love, Raquel XO

Patricia Scarpin said...

Nic, darling, these are so tall and beautiful! That oozing jam is killing me, my friend. Can I come over for tea? ;)

Marysol said...

I love carbs, and I especially love scones. And yours are a delight to the eye, and undoubtedly, to the palate.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I've actually never had British cream tea or clotted cream. You've certainly piqued my curiosity though--it looks like a great way to start the day! I need to try this

Kevin said...

Those scones with clotted cream and jam look so good! I have never had clotted cream.

Helen said...

ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod! This is one of my all time favourites. The classic cream tea with scones, which look perfect by the way. It has to be Cornish clotted cream for me and I'm a raspberry jam girl.

myfrenchkitchen said...

I haven't had scones for years and I wonder why, because your pics remind me of how I love it, especially with blackcurrant confiture!
Ronell

Passionate About Baking said...

Yum yum yum yum yum...very pretty & absoltuely gorgeous Nic. Love these & am ready to dive in! Coincidentally I posted scones 3 days ago too.

Elra said...

The only best scones I ever had was in London. American scones are so different. I definitely miss scones and clotted cream. Jams are good too, but I must have it with clotted cream since I can't find this cream in America.
Yours look so delicious! Cheers.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Surely nothing can top fresh scones, cream and jam! And your scones look so wonderful... Thanks for the tip about using a food processor - I'll give that a try next time.

Maria said...

What a great entry! Those scones look so fluffy and delish. I love scones with jam and clotted cream and the only way one should eat scones.

Maria
x

Ann said...

OH that jam dripping down just killed me, I adore jam. These look just delicious!

lisa said...

Just delicious! I'm ready for tea time now, and I'll take cream and jam.

Vanille said...

These scones look very tempting ! I've tried desperately to make some...I will have to try your recipe !!

Lore said...

Good old British scones, they looks as decadent as always. Wish I had one of these within 2 meters range right now :D

Parker said...

Love the melted cheese on these scones.

Jude said...

Clotted cream sounds so bad for you but it's so addictive. Love it on strawberries, too.

Dee said...

Love LOVE scones, and the whole tea ritual. I made some cream scones from Rosy Levy Beranbaum's book and they were amazing, but a little too involving (whipping the cream before folding in...). Can't I have jam and cream? Although I think your son is onto something with the caramel :)

anudivya said...

That looks lovely with the jam dripping over!

Robin Sue said...

I love scones but to have an authenic recipe like this, awesome! I like jam and cream. I could sip tea all day, I love cream teas and all those yummy sandwiches and treats.

Patchwork Dragon said...

Those scones look lovely Nic. Personally I'm a cream on top girl...you have to squish the cream to put the jam on top, if you put the jam on first you can get more cream on!!

miri said...

Wonderful looking scones, Nic! I especially love the pic where the jam drizzles off the scone - so much YUM!

bbaking said...

for me it's jam but if I have the choice jam AND cream! mmm your scones look delicous!

nicisme said...

Thanks for hosting Antonia!

Partimecook - oh that's too bad...:(

Sheryl - I know, that jam...

Lisa - I know what you mean, makes you want it even more!

The Mrs - thanks!

LyB - well these only take 5 minutes to make, you can use up your jam with them!

Valli - thank you!

Sam - me too!

Margaret - that Bero book is great!

Jan - that would be so much fun!

Grace - oh those drippy drip drips!!

Rosie - thank you!

Raquel - well the cream and cream cheese sounds good too.

Patricia - oh do come over, how about this afternoon?

Marysol - thank you!!

Mike - oh no, I wish I it was something I could pop in the post to you!

Kevin, I'd love to send you some too...

Helen - you do make me laugh, and I love raspberry jam too!

Ronell - you really must make some now.

Deeba - that's great that we both had scones on the brain!

Elra - thank you. I think American ones are a bit different, more cakey!

Aforkfulofspaghetti - right from the oven, mmmmm! Do try the food processor and let me know if you prefer them that way.

Maria, Ann and Lisa - thanks so much!

Vanille - do try that recipe, I've not had a failure with it yet...

Lore - me too, I might have to make some more.

Parker - I must say it does look like cheese, but it's not - they are sweet scones!

Jude - yeah, it's really bad for you, but you've gotta have it on scones!!

Dee - I like to make easy recipes, but yours sounds interesting. How about jam, cream and caramel? lol!

Anudivya - thank you!

Robin Sue - this must be a really old recipe - but a goodie for sure!

Patchwork Dragon - hi there! How about jam, then cream, followed by a bit more jam....

Miri - thanks so much. I love drizzling jam photos too!

bbaking - thank you! I might have to do a poll about it!

Jeanne said...

I've always been a cream on top kinda girl myself, but I think that's because I grew up without the benefit of proper clotted cream, and putting jam on top of airy whipped cream just flattens it into oblivion ;-) THat said, scones are one of my favourite teatime treats and the first thing I learned to bake. Yours look wonderful!