Saturday, October 12

Sunday Baking Project: Cinnamon crusted scones!

Welcome back to Sunday baking project!  It's nice to be able to make something quick and simple for the family to enjoy over the weekend.... These days I have no shortage of volunteers to help me in the kitchen and all that helping over the years has started to pay off, as Eloise in particular is able to master a few recipes on her own these days.  She has a real fascination about the science behind it - how yeast and baking powder work and the texture of things.  This recipe was a good lesson in texture and outcome is scones because they really are better the less you handle the dough.  

Of course, scones are also quick and good for the impatient cooks like my Eloise.... this one is done and dusted within 30 minutes.

I thought it might be nice to add a bit of a crust on the top, and by adding a glaze I think it gives it enough flavour to not warrant any cream or butter... but you might not be able to live without..

2 cups self raising flour
125g butter 
1 egg, separated
300ml buttermilk
3 tb honey
1 tb raw sugar
1 tb brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1.5 cups icing sugar, sifted
2 tb milk

Preheat oven to 190 degrees c

Rub your butter into the sugar.  Eloise has mastered this art now and realised it works better when you only use your fingertips.. I challenged her to get no flour on the palm of her hands.. :)

She did great, it should look like breadcrumbs like below.

In another bowl mix honey, egg yolk and buttermilk

Sometimes it's faster if we're both working at once..

Whisk the wet ingredients with a fork until well combined.

Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients, and then mix the dry ingredients into the wet.  It will seem like wet sand, but don't worry, it should be crumbly.

Put it onto a floured surface and bring together with your hands.  Don't overwork it.

Place onto lined baking tray and cut  - you can do it in triangles or in an oblong and cut squares or use a cookie cutter. This is quick and easy.

Whisk the egg white with a fork until it becomes frothy, just a few minutes at most.

See?  Not meringue, but a bit fluffier than regular egg white..

With pastry brush, spread the egg white over the scone dough.

Make the cinnamon crust by mixing the raw sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon together

Try to resist you or your assistant eating it at this point...

Instead, sprinkle it liberally over the scone dough.  Time to pop it in the oven for about 10-12 minutes, you should see the sides turning golden..

Whilst it's baking put together your glaze by mixing the icing sugar, vanilla extract and milk to form a runny paste.

Yum! You can add some maple syrup and add a little less milk if you like too.

Here's our scones out of the oven, there's a very proud 9 year old there!

After it's been out of the oven for about 15 minutes, drizzle the glaze over the top.  It will keep a 9 year old occupied for about 5 minutes if they do it with a spoon.. if you are doing it, just drizzle it straight from the bowl..

Let it spill over the edges.. smells fabulous I have to tell you..

Wait for 30 minutes until it sets and then re-cut your scones and serve.  Very good with a tea or coffee..

Worth a try or bookmark it for later!


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1 lovely comments:

Jessica said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I tried this but my mix turned out too wet, more like muffin mix than scones. But still tasted yummy - might go easy on the buttermilk next time.


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