Come rain, shine, snow or sleet- I am indefinitely one to encourage the enjoyment of afternoon tea (so much so, it seems to make weekly appearances on here)! Perhaps it’s a British thing (like my incessant complaining of the rain, sarcastic sense of humour and drinking tea at optimum temperature) or perhaps it’s because they’re so damn easy- but these scones are the perfect remedy to any afternoon at home (three cheers to freelancing), and they hardly take any time at all! Based on a Bake Off recipe- you can also add marmalade to the filling for an extra twist, but either way is just as tasty #greedygalprobs.
These scones do taste best hot out of the oven, so much so that I hot footed it to my neighbours with a small bundle to enjoy with some marmalade (or Nutella) and a good cuppa! I also took the opportunity to pop on my awesome new Goodmans Heritage Radio whilst in the kitchen- way to make baking a little more fun!
You will need:
– A baking tray, lined and greased.
– 250g self raising flour
– Pinch of salt
– 50g caster sugar
– 50g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
– 1 egg
– 100ml buttermilk
– 60g chocolate chips (Sainsburys now do a milk choc ‘Taste the Difference’ pack which are life changing)
– 1/2 tablespoons marmalade (optional)
2. Rub your butter into the mixture, to create a mix which looks a little like small crumbs (technical).
4. Add your chocolate chips and marmalade, and mix with a round edged knife to blend into a dough.
6. Dust your worktop with flour, and knead your dough for a few seconds- pat out until about 3cm thick. Use a small round cutter (or teeny bowl) to stamp out your scones- re-flour your surface if things get sticky!
7. Separate the scones on your baking tray and pop in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes until golden brown (yup, this song will now be in your head) and cool very slightly before gobbling up!