You know when you are onto a winner of a scone recipe when it’s told to you by a little old lady wielding a set of dangerously long gardening shears.
I met Margaret last week while organising a tea dance in Kallista. She told me many stories of the war days and somehow we landed on the topic of scones. One thing I have come to learn is if a recipe for Pavlova or scones is given to you by an old woman, take it, remember it and treasure it, for it will never lead you astray.
The genius in this recipe is how difficult it is to wreck them as the fat is contained in the cream which evenly coats the flour upon mixing. This reduces the likeliness of producing long gluten strands (the part of the flour that creates structure but also makes scones rubbery) as compared to the traditional rubbing method, resulting in soft fluffy scones. Also, the lemonade adds flavour and a touch of leavening power with its bubbles. These scones are the easiest and most delicious scones I have ever made. Thanks Margaret.
3 1/2 cups of SR Flour
2 tsp Salt
1 cup Lemonade (the sparkly clear kind)
1 cup Cream
A little bit more cream for brushing the scones
1. Pre heat oven to 190 degrees Celsius and lightly flour 2 cookie sheets. Sift the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the cream and lemonade, mixing until the dough has just pulled together.
2. Place dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat down until 5cm thick (patting down instead of using a rolling-pin avoids over working the dough).
3. Using a scone cutter or round cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds and place on the prepared trays. It is important to use a sharp cutter and not a glass as the blunt edge will press the sides down which prevents the scones rising. Also, don’t touch the sides when moving the rounds onto the trays.
4. Brush the tops of the scones with the extra cream and place in the oven for 10 – 15 min or until golden on top.
5. Enjoy the scones straight from the oven served with jam, cream and a pot of Earl Grey tea. Put on a record of Glen Miller and share them with someone you love.