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