How To Make The Perfect Scone
Flour, butter, eggs, raising agent, sugar and milk are all that’s required to make a batch of scones. I favour locally milled flour, Irish butter, free-range organic eggs and buttermilk when I’m making scones. In this post, I’ll explain how to make the perfect scone.
Once you have mastered the classic buttermilk scone there are lots of delicious variations to try. Fruit scones with sultanas or currants. Cherry scones using glace cherries, pear & cinnamon using fresh pears in autumn, apple and ginger using Bramley apples and rhubarb and ginger when the rhubarb appears in Spring are some of my favourites.
What makes a good scone?
Good ingredients for starters as in all baking and cooking. Then a few key things.
Don’t overwork your dough. When you add the liquid ingredients to the dry just use one hand and work firmly and quickly to bring the mix together. You are not kneading this at any point just literally bringing the mix together. This will ensure a light, fluffy scone.
Keep the dough mix quite soft. By that, I mean adding enough milk so that the mixture is really soft and sticky. I find this produces the lightest crumb and that all-important melt-in-the-mouth texture.
How to get a good rise on your scones
To get a good rise on your scones do not roll or press the mixture too flat. I don’t use a rolling pin at all, I just flatten it a bit with my fingers and keep it at least 2.5cm high. If using a scone cutter keeping the dough to the depth of the cutter is a good guide. Just press the scone cutter straight down and don’t twist it, alternatively use a knife to cut the dough into triangular shapes.
Have your oven really hot to start and do not open the oven until you can see the scones starting to brown on top. Only open the oven if you need to turn the tray around as often the back of the oven is hotter. This also ensures a good rise.
Baking Classics Classes
If you’d like to learn how to make the perfect scone, join me at one of my baking classics classes where you’ll make your own scones and have them to bring home to enjoy after the class.