Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Morning or Afternoon Tea Collection: Raisin scones

While still living and working in Kuala Lumpur, one of my favourite breakie item is scones.  There was this lovely swiss bakery that opens around 7ish am every morning which I use to frequently stop by on the way to work and doggy bag some scones or donuts and have them for breakfast and tea if there are leftovers!  Tried making them once ages ago but it did not turn out well.  After watching masterchef season 2 CWA challenge where scones was on the afternoon tea menu, I decided to give making scones another go.  Viola!  It turned out pretty well, definitely was not hard as stones..lol.  It is such a joy making them and seeing it turn out pretty.  It also stores very well in the freezer and reheated for about 30-40 seconds in the microwave..such a comfort to eat them during cold winter days...and yes, in my dictionary, there are so many comforting food that matches so well with the winter weather:)  Anyways, here is the recipe adapted from http://www.masterchef.com.au/

150 ml milk
150 ml cream
3 cups self-raising flour (don't need to sift)
1 egg
2 tablespoon caster sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
Optional:  1 cup raisins (or dates)
Enough milk mix with some sugar to brush the top before baking

1) Preheat oven to 200 degree C
2) Whisk together milk/cream and egg.
3) Add sugar to flour, add lemon zest and raisins if using them into the flour
4) Pour egg mixture into flour and mix them up till just sufficiently combine (do not overmix!)

5) Tip flour mixture onto bench (lightly flour bench surface before that) and knead into a chunk (again do not over knead!)
6) Lay it out to about 2 cm thick.  Use round cutter of your desired size to cut them up.
7) Lay them on a baking tray (flat side up).  Ensure that each scones are placed close to one another.

8) Brush top with milk and sugar mixture.
9) Bake for approximately 15 minutes or till scones are browned.

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