Fruit Scones can be eaten hot but not straight from the oven, they will need to cook slightly or alternatively they are good served cold. Fruit scones are also best eaten fresh, they will keep for a day or two in an airtight box, but once kept warm through before serving. They also freeze very well.
The success of the perfect scone depends on working as quickly and as lightly as possible, keeping all the ingredients as cool as possible. To make sure your scones are light, fluffy and well risen you may like to have a look at these simple tips to making the perfect scone, the tips apply to fruit as well as plain or cheese scones.
How to Make Perfect, Light SconesEnjoy.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 - 8 scones
- 50g /1/2 stick butter
- 225g /2 cups plain / all-purpose flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 30g /1 oz caster / fine sugar
- 50g /1/4 cup sultanas or chopped dates
- 150 ml /1/4 pint milk
- 1 egg beaten with a little milk
- Heat the oven to 400F/205C/Gas 6
- Generously grease a baking sheet with butter then sprinkle with flour.
- Sieve the flour into a roomy baking bowl, add the cubed butter, the baking powder and salt. Quickly rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Add the sugar and the dried fruits, mix well.
- Make a well in the center and using a dinner knife, stir in enough milk to make a soft, pliable dough.If the dough is too sticky sprinkle with a little flour.
- Turn the mixture on to a floured board and knead very lightly until just smooth then lightly roll out to 2cm / 3/4" thick.
- Cut rounds with a 7.5cm /2" cutter or cut into triangles with a sharp knife.
- Place on the baking tray and brush with the beaten egg and milk mixture. Bake near the top of the hot oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and well risen.
- Cool on a wire rack before eating.