I love all things British…the accents, the actors (can you say Jax…Sons Of Anarchy? All that and he has an English accent? Yum) and the foods…Yorkshire Pudding…how are southern people not all over this? It’s baked in meat drippings…and then covered in gravy!! My other favorite…scones…Nothing better than a warm scone with a cup of coffee on a lazy weekend morning. I used to think that they were hard to make…nope super easy…EASY…just follow my tips and your family will think you are amazing, even if you walk around talking in a “British” accent for the rest of your weekend.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold or even frozen
1 cup fresh strawberries chunked (or blueberries, blackberries or raspberries…heck mix them if you want)
1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing the scones
Juice of one large lemon
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 lemon, zest finely grated
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix together the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar with a whisk or use your sifter if you have one (mine got put in the dishwasher by the boys and rusted so I just whisk it together) Now an amazing trick…take your cold or even frozen butter and grate it into your flour…yep use a grater it makes it so easy to cut in the flour…Then just stick your hands in the bowl and start crumbling it together. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Now add your strawberries mix them in with your hands, making sure they are all coated with flour. Take care not to mash or bruise the strawberries or you will have pink scones. Make a well in the center and pour in the heavy cream. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overwork the dough. It’s not gonna be a ball, just a bunch of pieces…stop mixing.
Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface and press it into a circle, or a rectangle or a triangle…we don’t judge you can make whatever shape you want…just don’t overwork the dough…just use your hands and push it together…it should be about 1 1/2 inches thick. Cut the dough into triangles or squares…I make a circle and cut it into triangles/funky squares till you have eight pieces. Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush the tops with a little heavy cream (don’t skip this part..it will make them moist). Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until beautiful and brown. Let the scones cool for a minute or two before you apply the glaze.
Mix the lemon juice, zest, and sugar in a microwave-safe bowl, then add the butter. Now nuke the glaze for 30 seconds, stir it and nuke it again if butter isn’t melted. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps, then drizzle the glaze over the top of the scones. Let it set a minute before serving.