Thursday, 28 July 2011

Baking for beginners: Epic mini scones

Wedding season is totally upon us like a drunk, sleazy uncle. Despite all the festivities, these times of financial hardship and economic rubbish mean we can't justify new shoes for every wedding; and we are finding that other cuts have to be made, too.

At a recent wedding, we were all asked to bring something delicious for the guests to eat, as there was no way they could afford caterers.

I decided you can't go far wrong with a whole load of mini scones. A LOAD of them. They were little, loaded with jam and cream, and went down a storm.

Nom nom nom.

You'll need (for 15 mini scones):
  • 450g plain flour
  • 250ml milk
  • Big pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of caster sugar
  • 55g butter
Make it!
  • Preheat your oven to 220 degrees C. You can contemplate the importance of lipgloss whilst you do this, if you like.
  • Double sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  • Soften the butter in a microwave for about 5 seconds. Rub the butter in with the flour mix, crumbling and blending until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the sugar and mix well.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the milk. Combine the ingredients gently, but firmly. I usually use a palette knife to do this, but realistically a wooden spoon will do the job just fine.
  • Once you've got a nice dough going on, it's time to roll it out. Make sure you have a clean, dry and non-greasy surface and be liberal with your flour. A good sprinkling will stop the mixture from sticking, but a touch more helps the scones brown in the oven, and give them an ever-so-slightly crispy finish. Mmm.
  • Roll out the dough to about a half inch thick. As these are mini scones, you want a 1.5 inch cookie cutter. Once cut, place on a lined baking sheet and brush with a little milk.
  • You'll have to bake in batches, so go for half the scones at a time, cooking in the middle of the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  • Once cooked and cut, you can add whatever fillings you choose; personally, it's jam and cream all the way!

6 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea! These look delicious.

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  2. Oh, LOOK at them! Gorgeous! They're far too small and dainty for my enormous hands.

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  3. Mind officially blown.

    I'd never even THOUGHT of miniaturising scones! They're so cute!

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  4. The good thing about small and dainty is that you can fit two in your gob in one go ... #justanidea

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  5. I went to a wedding that was catered by the guests and it was the *most* fun.

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  6. I think I have the perfect cocktail to wash them down.

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