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[Updated 28 May 2021]
Hands up if you love scones! This is a classic English teatime treat that is best enjoyed with clotted cream, jam and of course, tea! Scones also happen to be one of the easiest bakes to whip up in your kitchen. Using basic baking ingredients, you can have a batch of scones baked and ready in less than 45 minutes 😍 So if you're missing your cafe outings or are just looking for a yummy snack it's time to make the best scones with this simple halal English scone recipe.
Ingredients (makes about 15 - 20 scones, depending on the size of your cutter)
500g all-purpose flour
3 tsp of baking powder
2 heaped tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp salt
110g cold butter, cut into small cubes
300ml whole milk
1 egg, beaten
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Sift flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and salt and mix everything well.
Put the chilled cubes of butter (make sure they're cold and solid!) into the bowl, and using your hands, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture is combined and resembles bread crumbs. Make sure to use quick and fluttery motions just with your fingertips to rub the butter in, so as to prevent the heat from your hands warming up up the butter. Not sure how to do this? Check out this video below that shows how it's done!
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the milk. Using a fork, mix in the flour into the milk until everything is just combined. Switch to your hands, gathering up all the pieces so it sticks together to form into one cohesive dough.
Flour your surface area and plonk your dough out of your bowl. Dust the top of your dough and your rolling pin with some flour.
Roll out your dough roughly so it's flattened out to a thickness of about 3cm.
Use a round cutter (either fluted or smooth), measuring about 5cm in diameter to and cut out scones. You can find cutters for cheap pretty easily, such as on Shopee Malaysia or Shopee Singapore,but if you don't have a cutter but can't wait for scones, just use a glass instead - press the glass down upside down on the dough to punch out your scones. It won't be as easy as using a cutter but it'll get the job done!). Dip the cutter or your glass in the dough periodically while pressing out your scones so it doesn't stick and it's easier to remove your scone.
Place the scones on the lined baking sheet. If you have remaining dough scraps after cutting out your scones, you may gather them into a dough again and repeat the process (though do note the scones from this leftover dough will be tougher in texture).
Brush the top of the scones with the beaten egg using a pastry brush.
Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving warm with clotted cream (or butter, if you don't have any!) and jam.
You can add mix-ins like raisins, orange zest, chocolate chips or anything else you'd like when mixing up the dough.
If you don't want to waste dough or bother with cutting out scones, you can simply pat the dough out into a circle and cut into triangular wedges.
Scones are a classic teatime treat that is not only delightful to eat but one of the easiest things to bake! You probably already have all the ingredients you need to make up a batch, so it's time to whip up some scones in your kitchen 😉