This summer, Penguin has discovered a liking for scones, so we’ve added these to our little repertoire of recipes for baking together. They’re really quick and easy to make!
We like to make them with raisins, as ‘fruit scones’, but they can just as well be made without, if you prefer.
Here’s our list of ingredients, making approx 20 scones:
- 350 g flour, plus some for the work surface
- 75 g sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 100-125 g butter or margarine (we use Stork)
- 150 ml milk
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 2-3 handfuls of raisins (or as many or as few as you like)
After making sure our surfaces and hands are all clean (just like in ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’), we start by putting all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) in a big bowl. Oh, and turn the oven on, to about 180 degrees Celsius if you have a fan assisted one, otherwise approx 200 degrees/gas mark 6.
Then add butter/marge and work it into the dry stuff with your fingers, until it resembles a very fine crumble:
After this, it’s time to mix in the milk, followed by the beaten egg. Penguin is a bit funny about eggs: He’s happy to start cracking the shell, but as soon as a crack is made he’ll hand it over to me, as he finds the gooey contents quite disgusting. (Funny fact: Apparently Alfred Hitchcock was similarly freaked out by eggs, did you know that?)
Once the milk and egg have been stirred in, chuck in the raisins, and give it all a final stir (this is one of Penguin’s favourite bits, as it gives him a chance to nab a few raisins, yum!).
At this stage, you might think the mixture is a bit too sticky, but that’s how it’s supposed to be. So sprinkle your work surface generously with flour, and sprinkle some over your hands and over the mixture as well. Then scoop it all out onto your surface, and fold it a few times, adding more flour if necessary, until you have a loose but dough-like and workable mixture.
Flatten the ‘dough’ out to a thickness of approximately 1/3 inch or so, then cut the scones out and put them on a baking tray (we use baking paper, but I guess a silicone mat or other method of preventing your goods from sticking should work just as well). We’ve been using a tumbler for cutting the scones out, and that has worked really well, but if we’d had a circular cookie cutter of a suitable size, that might have been even better.
When you’ve got as many circles out as you can, gather the leftover mix together and pat it back out, and take some more circles out. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used.
Penguin really likes this part, and has been very helpful with cutting the scones out and placing them on the baking tray. He tends to get a bit carried away though, so I need to be there to slow him down and guide him a little (and yes, flour ends up all over the place when we bake as you can see, but it’s all worth it).
When the baking tray is full, Penguin will pick it up, I’ll open the oven door, and he’ll then hand the tray for me to put in the oven. In ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’ they always say about using the oven that “This is a job for your grown-up helper, ‘cause the oven is hot, hot, hot”, and that seems to have stuck. Perhaps in a year or two he can move on to putting the tray in himself, but for now I’m very happy to help, and delighted about this bit of safety awareness (not generally a strong area for our boy).
So, the scones go into the oven, and after about 10 minutes they’re done! The time needed may vary a bit depending on oven, so keep an eye. We do our’s quite high up in the oven, and I think that should work well in most cases.
Now you’ve got some tasty scones to tuck into, but how do you like yours? I love the traditional combo of clotted cream and jam, the husband prefers them thinly spread with butter and then a dollop of jam, while Penguin likes them just as they are, with no stickyness added. What do you prefer?
To finish off, here’s a photo from the very day that Penguin discovered his like for scones, at Standen House and Garden a few weeks ago (my gunk-covered scone in the foreground, with Penguin and his nice and dry scone behind it):
As you might have gathered if you’ve read some of our other posts, we very much like to get out and about to explore various places. But we don’t have much of a budget for eating out, so making our own scones to bring along is definitely a good way to save a few bob. Baking together is also great for practising things like counting and measuring, action words (stir, pour, mix, get, etc), descriptive words (dry, wet, sticky, soft, tough, tasty, messy, etc) coordination and motor skills, working together, and more.
I hope you’ll enjoy making these scones if you decide to give it a go (don’t forget to pin this!), and if you have any comments or questions, please let us know below!
If you like baking, you might also want to take a look at our previous posts about things we’ve been baking together:
- Baking Together: Chocolate Cake Cookies
- Baking Queen of Hearts tarts, like on ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’
- Meringue Snowmen a la ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’!
- Baking Gingerbread
- Icing on our gingerbread cookies, and a house!
- Baking Saffron Buns!