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Recipe: World’s Easiest Scones

Credit for this recipe goes to my amazing friend, Jess P!


[pictured with my homemade strawberry jam!]

I always wanted to make scones. The one and only time I tried was in Summer 2007, and my friend SilverAdept‘s only comment was that they were really dry. And was I sure this was what an English scone was supposed to look/taste like?

I wasn’t sure. The last time I had had a real English scone had been in 1997, and since then I had only had coffee shop versions – that is, probably not authentically English. So I gave up. And then I moved to England in 2010, where scones are a staple of an English Afternoon Tea!

A while back, my friend Jess posted a recipe for very easy scones. I can’t find her direct link, but her recipe came from an Australian recipe website (which makes sense, as Jess is Australian). I was sceptical due to the unusual ingredients it called for, but when I knew I wanted to make scones, I looked up her recipe.

You will need:
1 cup cream
1 cup fizzy lemonade*
3 cups self-rising flour**
salt (just a pinch)

1. Preheat oven to 220C. The Australian recipe measured out in cups, so I used cups. Again, if you don’t have measuring cups, just pull a mug out of your cupboard and use that. Yes, you can measure both liquid and solids in the same cup (however odd you might think that).
2. sift flour and salt together and make a well in the middle.
3. slowly pour in the cream and lemonade. It will fizz when you add the lemonade, so make sure you used a deep bowl
4. mix with a fork until all flour is moistened.
5. Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead dough until it is elastic-y. About 5 minutes will do it, and if you want to be lazy, knead it in the bowl like I did.
6. Use scone cutters (or a glass with it’s edge dipped in flour) to cut out your scones, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper/baking paper.
7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden.

*in the UK (and presumably, Australia) we have a fizzy soda drink called lemonade, which tastes like Sprite or 7-Up minus the lime, so it’s just a lemon soda. I do not know if Sprite would work in this or not! Possibly you could use lemon flavoured soda water?
**I didn’t have self-rising flour, but I learned that you can add 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt for each cup of all-purpose/plain flour to make it self-rising. If you do this, don’t add the pinch of salt.


40 scones, ready for our Open Garden Railway day!

I’ve made them twice off this recipe, and I’ll be making another double batch this weekend for a Garden Party at my friend Sylvia’s house. Both times, the scones lost their round shape, but I blame that on my plastic cutters. I’ve since purchased some metal cutters, so I hope they look better!

We served these up with some cream and homemade strawberry jam and they went down quite well! I sent Tim to work with the leftovers, and his co-worker loved them, too.

I will post other photos from the Garden Party, but they’re all on Tim’s camera!

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  2. stephanie June 27th, 2011 4:25

    This sounds easy to make! I’ll try making these for my bf. Hope they turn out well haha

  3. Jess Pringle June 27th, 2011 4:48

    Oh my, I’m famous! Haha!

    I’m glad they were a success for you – they’re pretty much the easiest things EVER, but everyone is always so impressed when they eat them…it’s best to just pretend that you slaved away in the kitchen for hours 😉

    Here’s my original post (though it’s friends only) – I just hunted for it, and I realised I never tagged it! D’oh!

    As for the Sprite/7-Up question – I’ve used Sprite several times, and it works beautifully. The only reason I tend to stick with Schwepps Lemonade is because it’s my favourite. 🙂 Not sure how 7-Up would go – as you said, it’s technically a lemon and lime flavour…though, it may give them a nice little kick!

    The recipe is actually my mum’s – it’s written on an old scrap of paper, and no one seems to know where it came from! 🙂

  4. Rebecca June 27th, 2011 6:37

    I actually found the recipe on allrecipes.au after I couldn’t find your post with the recipe by searching for “australian scone lemonade”. LOL. but you get the credit b/c I originally saw it on your blog!!

  5. Jess Pringle June 27th, 2011 4:49

    Annnd, I forgot to actually post the link. Mondayitis must be going around today…

    http://giddyromance.livejournal.com/20396.html

    🙂

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