Monday, June 23, 2014

Cook: Buttery Raisin and Chocolate Chips Scones (simple steps and don't need kitchen aid)



Difficulty: 3/5

Scones is one of English's favourite afternoon tea set ... It is usually serves with clotted cream and jam.... or one can also enjoys them as it is with a cup of English tea... 

I came across this scones recipe from desserts tales (http://desserttales.com/2013/12/simple-scones/) and has been thinking of making them for quite sometime, finally got down to making them :) 

I made some changes to the amount of sugar... and increase the butter. I only used half of the amount of milk/egg/vanilla extract mixture because it started to get quite wet after i pour in half of the mixture .. so will be halving the amount of the milk mixture in the recipe that i share below.

I also took a little of the scones mixture and added a tablespoon of cocoa powder in an attempt to make some mickey mouse scones, but they ended up looking more like an ugly bear.. well, its mummy's little attempt to make the kids happy... its the thought that counts right....hehe!

INGREDIENTS:

1. 2 cups of plain flour
2. 1/8 cup of brown sugar ( can use castor sugar if you wish to, i ran out of castor sugar therefore using brown sugar)
3. 1 teaspoon of baking powder
4. 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
5. 120g of cold, cube butter
6. 1/4 cup of fresh milk
7. 1/2 egg
8. 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
9. A handful of raisins and chocolate chips

METHODS

1. Sieve together plain flour, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda
2. Toss in the cold, cubed butter and rub them together with your hand until the flour mixture turns coarse (as shown in picture)

Coarse mixture
3. Add in raisins and chocolate chips or anything that you like (e.g.: dried cranberries etc), set aside.

Added raisins and chocolate chips

4. In another bowl, mix well the milk, egg and vanilla extract.
5. Pour the milk mixture bit by bit into the flour mixture, mixing well after each pour.
6. Stop pouring the milk mixture when the dough starts to get sticky.
7. Roll them into round shape and flatten them a bit.
8. Brush the top with some leftover milk mixture
9. Baked in preheated oven at 200 degree celcius for 18 minutes or until the top turns golden brown

Note: I took a small dough out and mix with a tablespoon of cocoa powder in an attempt to make a cute mickey mouse shape... turns out to be an ugly bear...

Before baking
Before baking
After baking.. my ugly bear...
Yummy scones
Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear