Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Old Time Citrus Raison Scones

 I don't think anyone can go past a good scone. I know i can't. Especially with Jam and Cream (when i could eat cream - i am now a lactose intolerant sufferer! Oh the pain of it all). When my husband and I travelled around Europe and made a stop in England for a few weeks & that was something we saw a lot of.... cute little tea houses serving tea time snacks starring beautifully made scones with jam and clotted cream... and including the best accompaniment... a good pot of tea.

I like the different varieties of scones that you can make as well. The possibilities are endless really, date scones, blueberry scones, pumpkin scones, savoury scones and these delicious little morsels...... Ole Time Citrus Raison Scones. Yum.

The key to any fabulous scone is sifting the flour twice to make it light and fluffy, stir the ingredients with a butter knife to combine the ingredients, when applying the milk glaze be careful not to let any touch the edges and a hot oven. Remember these simple tips and your in business for some fantastic scones!

Old Time Citrus Raison Scone
150ml Milk
150ml Cream
1 Egg
3 Cups Self Raising Flour
3 Tablespoons Sugar
Pinch Salt
1 Cup Raisons
Juice of 1x Orange
Zest of 1 x Orange
Milk for Glazing


~ Preheat oven to 200 - 220 degrees. 
~ Zest orange in a bowl set aside, juice the same orange and toss with the raisons in a separate bowl and let it macerate for 20-30 min.
~ In a bowl add milk, cream and egg. Whisk together and set aside.
~ Sift flour and salt together in a separate bowl, add sugar and zest.
~ Make a hole in the dry ingredients and add wet ingredients & orange juice and raison mixture  working quite quickly use a metal knife to stir the ingredients through.
~ Place dough on a floured surface and carefully roll out to be about 1/2 inch thick. 
~ Using a scone cutter cut out and place on a lined tray.
~ Brush tops of scones with extra milk (*Be careful to not get any on the edges of the scone - this will inhibit the rising of the scone)
~ Cook for about 15 - 20 Min or until golden brown.

Simply Tea Selections

I would have to say one of the best tea's from our range that just fits with these scones is either English Breakfast Supreme or Earl Grey Premium. These are classic blends going back centuries and you can't go past a tried and true combination! These tea's are traditionally served in the quaint English tea houses in England with the famous scones, jam and clotted cream! Our Earl Grey Premium blend is classically scented with natural Bergamot oil which gives a refreshing, lightly citrus flavour. Our English Breakfast Supreme blend is a traditional blend of the finest Assam and Ceylon teas, producing a delicate aromatic blend with lots of golden tips

Why not order one of these tea's and whip up a batch of these delicious scones for afternoon tea!??

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