Vanilla Bean Scones

Vanilla Bean Scones

Morning Monday-haters! (Or lovers but i'm guessing most of you are haters!) I'm going to give you an easy peasy cutesy recipe to make your Monday a little less harsh (especially with some of us in the middle of a blizzard!) For Mother's Day yesterday I made a batch of heart shaped scones, which I really like fresh out of the oven with a dollop of jam (shhh don't tell anyone I eat them so hot they burn my tongue!) This is my go to, never fail recipe, which even the most beginner baker can do!

All ready to be baked
All ready to be baked

The Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 500g self raising flour
  • 110g unsalted butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 300ml milk (I use skimmed)
  • Dollop of vanilla bean paste
  • Beaten egg to glaze

Method:

  • Pour the flour into a large mixing bowl, and bring the butter to room temperature
  • Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers - this is where it gets messy!
  • When this forms a breadcrumb-like consistency, mix in the sugar, vanilla bean paste and milk, until it makes a sticky dough
  • Turn out onto a floured surface (I cover the workbench with cling film to minimise mess)
  • Knead a few times until the dough is less sticky
  • Roll out and use a heart or any cutter to form your scone shapes
  • Place on a baking sheet and use a pastry brush to glaze them with egg wash
  • Bake at 225oC for 12-15 mins until a nice brown top forms
  • Remove and eat hot or warm - I recommend a generous spoonful of jam with some clotted cream!

The simplest pleasures are often the best and this saying is definitely true for these quintessentially British scones!

Just out of the oven!
Just out of the oven!
Look at that lovely crack in the middle, just ready to prise open and fill with jam!
Look at that lovely crack in the middle, just ready to prise open and fill with jam!
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