Oh no, this is not an Italian recipe. In fact, scones are unknown in Italy. A few weeks ago, I went out for high tea (again, something not Italian at all) with some girl friends (they were Italian though! ;-)) and among all sorts of yummy goodies, they served us scones with cream & strawberries and jam. They were delicious, and it got me thinking that I had never made scones at home. I needed to remedy that… after all I am Australian too! So, I did some research and found this recipe that makes yummy scones and thought of sharing it with you as I think it is quite good. You can serve them with jam and strawberries & cream. I personally loved them with blueberry curd (recipe to follow). Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from abc.net.au
Ingredients: (makes 6-7)
300 gms – 10.5 oz. plain flour mixed with 4 tsp of baking powder OR
300 gms – 10.5 oz. self-raising flour
30 gms – 2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp caster sugar
180 mls – 3/4 cup milk OR for a richer flavour & denser texture you can try half milk/half cream
Sieve the flour (and the baking powder) and put it in a mixer together with the butter (1). Mix for a few seconds, until the butter gets absorbed by the flour. Add the sugar and milk (2) and mix until combined. Then transfer the dough onto a floured surface (3). Knead for a couple of minutes (adding a little extra flour if required) until you get a soft but not sticky dough (4).
Pat the dough down into a sheet of 2 ½ cm in thickness (1 inch). Cut the dough into rounds with a scone/pasta cutter (mine was 7 cm – 2.75 inches in diameter). Shape the leftover dough into a slightly thicker sheet and cut out the remaining scones.
Place the scone rounds on an oven tray with their sides just touching each other (this produces a softer sided scone and helps to support them). If you prefer crisp tops and sides, place the scones apart from each other on the oven tray. Brush the top of the scones with a little milk.
Bake in a preheated oven at 220ºC – 430ºF for 12-15 minutes or until the scones are golden brown.
Serve warm with your favourite jam, whipped cream and strawberries, lemon curd or blueberry curd and a cup of hot tea.