Spiced Scones

Spiced Scones: Delicious, Dense and Tasty

Spiced scones are a type of shortbread that is traditionally made with butter, sugar, and flour. They are sometimes topped with dried fruit, nuts, or chocolate.

The term “spiced” refers to the addition of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The spiced scone recipe is often found in British pastry cookbooks dating back to the early 1800s.

The earliest known mention of the recipe was in 1809 when it appeared in “The Universal Receipt Book”. Spiced scones can be served plain or with jam or cream.

I liked that these scones were just simple and lightly spiced. Often times scones are so jam-packed with different fillings it takes away from their perfect simplicity.

All you need is a slather of good butter and maybe a bit of jam to enjoy one too many of these. Oh, and coffee, yes, lots of coffee.

The key to this recipe is in the use of baking soda. The baking soda helps to create the fluffy texture that makes these scones so delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups (343g) AP flour
  • 1/3 cup (66g) sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter, cold and cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (118ml) milk
  • A dash of milk and a bit of sugar for sprinkling

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon.
  • Add in the butter and work in with your hands until unevenly crumbly.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and milk.
  • Add to the dry mix and stir until just moistened and comes together.
  • On a parchment-lined baking sheet, scrape all the dough into the middle.
  • Pat down into a 6-inch circle.
  • Using a knife, cut into 8 pieces and gently pull apart, so there is a 1/2 inch gap in between.
  • Place scones in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Oven 425F.
  • Brush the tops of the scones with the bit of milk and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Let cool slightly, then serve warm with butter and jam.

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How Are British Scones Different From American Scones?

Unlike American scones, British scones are plain in taste and are designed for toppings such as clotted cream, butter, lemon curd, and preserves. A British scone is usually tall and round, while an American scone is often shaped like a triangle or wedge.

How Do Scottish Scones Differ From English Scones?

Scones are more like American biscuits (which are really what we Americans call cookies or crackers). According to many, biscuits were derived from Scottish scones.

How Do You Make A Good Scone?

Using cold ingredients – such as cold butter, cold eggs, and cold cream – will result in the flakiest scones. By using cold ingredients, you prevent the butter from melting before baking the scones, which makes the end result super-flaky.

Is It A Good Idea To Rest The Scones Before Baking Them?

In the same way that pizza dough relaxes completely after resting, scone dough’s gluten does the same.

Do Scones Need To Be Baked Touching Each Other?

Scones should be placed in the baking tray touching each other. Scone should be arranged on a baking tray so that they just touch each other. In this way, the sides of the scones will cook straight and evenly.

Is A Scone Supposed To Be Soft Or Hard?

The outside of the scones should be crunchy, while the inside should be soft and moist. There should be no crumbliness or dryness to them.

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