I’ve been making a few batches of scones recently. I’ve always loved scones, but could never quite be bothered with the ‘rubbing in the butter’ stage needed for them and shortcrust pastry. Luckily we got a mini food processor for Christmas, which has a blade for that sort of thing, so I had fun trying things out.
I’ve made three batches so far. First I made this eggless recipe (which could easily be veganised) with cranberries and blueberries in. I skipped the glazing it with the egg. The resulting mini scones were very tasty, but didn’t rise that much.
Then I tried a recipe from a book which had one egg, and I also used and added an extra teaspoon of baking powder, plus vanilla sugar, vanilla essence and blueberries. It was kind of like this one here. That gave a fantastic consistency, but I wasn’t sold on the vanilla double whammy. The scones smelled so much like cakes that it was almost a disappointment when you bit into them, and they were just sweet bread.
For the final batch, I meant to repeat the second recipe, but couldn’t for the life of me remember where I’d found that. I used a different one from a book, which also had one egg but annoyingly gave the butter portion as table spoons. And really, measuring butter in table spoons? I think not. So I stuck in the same amount of butter as in another recipe I also found and hoped for the best. For flavour I added lemon and orange zest and the rest of the dried cranberries and blueberries.
I also made twice the quantity of the recipe because I was baking them for my leaving party, so wanted loads and that overloaded the food processor a little so it wouldn’t mix up properly. I’m sure it would have been fine had I just made the one portion though. I ended up adding more milk to make it properly mix, and then had to add more flour. So god knows what the final recipe was.
Despite that though, the final scones were my favourite! The citrus fruit gave it that little bit extra, but was subtle enough for them to still taste like scones. Everyone loved them at the party too, presented on a cake stand!
If I made this again, I’d go with the second recipe, but I’d say really it doesn’t matter too much, scones seem to be a great for making it up and ‘Pi mal Daumen’ (Pi times thumb, i.e. guesstimate. Another genius German phrase!) type calculations.
And the best thing is you can add anything you fancy to them. Coconut might be quite nice for next time!