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Fruit Scones

Christmas time means as well holiday time for the kids. Time to slow down – time to get bored now and then. I like it when kids get bored, as they often get creative. When my son got bored this time, he grabbed Jamie Oliver`s cooking book, picked a recipe and asked if we can bake it together. He had picked Fruit Scones, just in time for an afternoon tea break! And while my own attempt in the past on scones turned out too dry, this one was just right! Ingredients where all in the house, so this one was a great easy mix!
We only had to rush out to get some clotted cream and more jam!

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Fruit Scones

(by Jamie Oliver – Ministry of Food)

Ingredients:

  • 120g dried fruit,
    such as sour cherries and/or raisins plus orange juice , for soaking
  • 450 g self-raising flour , plus a little extra for dusting
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 120g butter
  • salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 tablespoons milk, plus a little extra for brushing
  • jam
  • clotted cream

Makes around 10 scones

Tip: brilliant scones are about having the confidence to do as little as possible, do not over mix!

Directions:

  1. Put the dried fruit into a bowl and pour over just enough orange juice to cover.
  2. Pulse the flour, baking powder and butter in a food processor just until the mixture starts to look like breadcrumbs (don`t over mix!) or rub them together by hand (until they kind of look like cornflakes)
  3. Transfer into a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle
  4. In another bowl, beat eggs and milk with a pinch of salt
  5. Pour the beaten egg-milk mix and fruits into the well
  6. Stir well until you have a soft, dry dough (I found that easiest to do by hand). Add a little bit of milk if necessary.

Make the scones: 

  1. Pre heat oven to 200deg C
  2. Dust the workspace and rolling pin with a little bit of flour.
  3. Roll the dough until 2cm thick
  4. Using a 7cm round cutter or a glass, cut out 10 scones and place them upside down on a non stick baking sheet
  5. Brush with some milk
  6. Bake in pre-heated oven 12-15min until risen and brown.
  7. Cool on a wire rack

Scones are indulged at their best when warm; with some clotted cream and jam – and don`t forget a lovely cup of tea and candle light!

Enjoy,
AK

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