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English recipe: Scones with jam and clotted cream (& cheese scones)

EA single scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream insideating warm scones with a lovely jam and clotted cream in the afternoon feels like a real treat.  I’ve been lucky to experience afternoon tea at a few locations here in London and scones are always on the menu.  It wouldn’t be an English afternoon tea occasion without them.

Back home, clotted cream isn’t easy to find and scones are usually served with whipped cream.  If you can find clotted cream, it’s much better than the alternative.

Another “issue”, however exists here in the UK, that I hadn’t stumbled upon before.  The big jam or cream first debate.  This isn’t something to scoff at.  I have attended a corporate afternoon tea and being the only non-English person in attendance, felt it was best to allow the locals debate without my input.  The debate lasted for nearly half an hour…..

I personally put jam on my scone first and then top with cream, purely for a practical reason – it’s much easier to do than the reverse.  But I won’t get upset if you do.

These are super easy to bake and are perfect for afternoon visitors.

Makes 12.

Ingredients:

  • 250 gr (8 oz) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup of milk
  • extra milk for glazing

Method:

Heat the oven to 220 C (425 F). Grease an oven tray.

Sift the flour and salt together. Rub in room temperature butter into the flour. Mix into a soft dough by adding the milk in slowly (may not need all the milk).

On a floured surface, knead the dough lightly, not too much so the scones remain light. Flatten the dough with the heel of your hand to approx 2cm thickness. Stamp out with a scone cutter – or as I used a regular glass dipped in flour.

Place on the greased tray (you can bake close together for extra height). Glaze the tops of the scones with extra milk.  Bake the scones for 10 min.

Pull (or cut) the scones in half and spread on some lovely jam (I like strawberry the best) and clotted cream (or in reverse order!).  Enjoy the scones with a cup of tea and good conversation.

VARIATION:

For cheese scones, add 2 tablespoons of grated cheese to the flour before adding the milk.  Instead of jam and cream, just spread on some butter.

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