Every body loves a scone and everyone has their own favorite scone recipe! This is my scone recipe, A FAMILY HEIRLOOM if you will. To be absolutely fair it’s my Nanny Kathleen’s recipe! She’s the person who was responsible for my love of baking.
I was very lucky to spend a lot of time with my wonderful Nanny during my childhood. Nanny loved to baked and she was most definitely responsible for my love of baking.
I was always fascinated how she managed to bake so may delicious things without ever using a recipe book or an electric mixer. No all she had was a simple hand week, a gas oven that had a mind of its own and she had to feed the meter 20p to make it work. Her fridge was a metal bucket outside her kitchen , she only got a fridge in her late 60’s. She had no time for “modern machinery”.
I don’t think a day went by without her baking her wonderful Buttermilk Scones. If there wasn’t a plate of fresh baked Buttermilk Scones on the table, then they were in the oven baking.
This is such a simple recipe, takes less than 5 mins to put together and 15 mins to bake, an absolute winner, turns out the most delicious scones every time.
Of course every great recipe needs a secret ingredient! In fact my Nanny’s Buttermilk Scones has two
- A glazed Sugared Topping
She also never rolled out her scone dough, patted it out with her hand as quickly as possible. Nanny only ever used cold cubed butter never margarine.
I have made this recipe countless times & I have never changed a thing except the odd time I buy the buttermilk! Nanny always made her own and I do too (most of the time). It’s so simple to do –
All you do is add lemon juice to fresh milk and leave to stand for 10 mins or more
GRANNY’S BUTTERMILK SCONES
450g self-raising flour
¼ tsp salt
100g cold butter CUT INTO CUBES
85g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
splash of milk & 3tbsp sugar for sprinkling
Heat oven to 220C/425f – SCONES NEED A VERY HOT OVEN.
Put the flour, salt and butter into a food processor and pulse until you can’t feel any lumps of butter or just use your fingers. Add in the sugar.
(I know my Mam or Nana never used a processor, just their hands but the less you touch scone dough when making them the better because your hands can make the dough too warm.)
In a large bowl add in ½ the flour mix from food processor and ½ buttermilk. Use a knife to quickly mix together, repeat with the remaining flour and buttermilk using the knife to form a dough DO NOT OVER MIX!
Tip onto a floured surface and lightly bring together with your hands. (FLOUR YOUR HANDS BEFORE YOU DO THIS.
I just press out gently to about 4/6cm thick and stamp out rounds with cutter. I never use a rolling pin when making scones.
Glaze the top of the scones with some milk and a sprinkle of caster sugar.
Bake for 12-15mins until golden and risen!
Serve with some delicious jam and whipped cream for a special afternoon/tea-time treat
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