English Scones (Happy April Fool’s Day)

This flaky, dense and slightly sweetened shortcake is the perfect blank canvas to be painted with cream and a variety of jams. This is the perfect scone recipe that can be served the classic English way unadorned, round with cream tea or triangular with a variety of mix-ins and a glaze.

Happy April Fool’s Day! So, it is day whatever of the lockdown and the general mood has certainly been better. I am predominantly referring to my own this past week in which I did not blog at all. I did not want my mood to bring everyone down, we already have the 24/7 Covid19 watch for that. The global situation is bad and so many people are working hard to keep things going. Doctors, nurses, retail workers and delivery people and many others who have to go out and work even though they’d probably rather stay at home. People are struggling with money, losing their jobs and likelihoods. Those are all complaints I completely understand. Then there are people who are complaining about the lockdown and the social distancing measures because they cannot barbecue with their friends as they would get fined, in a day and age where everyone has a phone with a camera in their pockets. Is it the same? No, but for a little while it will be good enough. I don’t know whether I am overly sensitive, but that made me so mad. Some people feel invincible because they were told it is just a cold, yet thousands of people die daily all over the world. Some people are more likely to be hit hard by this virus, but you don’t know who that is going to be and the health sector can barely cope as is. Are these people just ignorant or do they have no perspective? At the very least you should know that it is serious when politicians order the closure of businesses globally as the last thing they want is to hurt the economy.

English Scone Devon Style with Cream and Homemade Strawberry Jam


I didn’t want to rant and I did it anyway, sorry about that. Maybe this was my way of therapy and I got this off my chest, because my angry therapeutic baking has only had moderate success to improve my mood. This week it is going to be different, I will workout at least three times to improve my mood and I will stop singing the Imperial March from Star Wars to the faucet as I wash my hands. I should also definitely stop angry baking, although bread is still fine, right? Maybe have a relaxing tea party with some scones, cream and homemade strawberry jam. The people in movies always seem calm and relaxed, in a very passive-aggressive way. Did you notice how I brought that back around? It was so smooth and corny I should write for daytime TV or Spotify commercials.

Scones

Recipe yields 12 scones

Ingredients:
• 520 gr flour
• 80 gr sugar
• ½ tsp salt
• 15 gr baking powder
• 120 gr butter
• ¾ cup milk
• 2 eggs

Instructions:

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder until well combined, then rub the butter into the flour mixture until crumbs begin to form.
  2. Mix the milk and the eggs together. Pour the mixture into the bowl (holding about one tablespoon back for brushing the top of the scones) and knead it together just until a smooth dough begins to form.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°.
  4. Roll out the dough to 1 ½ – 2 cm thickness and cut out scones with a round cookie cutter or glass and place on a lined baking sheet. Knead the scraps back together just until the dough comes together without any cracks and proceed cutting out the scones until there is no dough left.
  5. Brush the top of the scones with the leftover mil/egg mixture and bake for 20-22 minutes until golden.

This scone recipe is a good basis for any add ins such as raisins and other dried fruits, chocolate chips, nuts and others.

Recipe pdf download:

Scones


As it turns out this lockdown has practically made me cook and bake my way around the globe. I am Spanish so cooking food and feeding people is the way I deal with stress. Have you eaten something? You should probably eat something. I hope you enjoyed this post despite my lengthy rant nobody probably bothered with and I don’t even blame you. How have you been dealing with the stress? What kind of song are you serenading your faucet with? As it turns out I know two songs only, Happy Birthday and the Imperial March. I don’t know what this says about me other than that I need a new song. I hope you have a great day and stay healthy. #stayhome

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