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To ask why I can't make scones and please give me a recipe?

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Polkadotpjs Thu 07-May-20 21:47:31

I have tried and failed around 6 times to make scones, each time becoming so disheartened that I've not tried again. BUT I have been craving a scone with jam and cream since February, not knowing I couldn't just pop out for one within weeks.
I can bake. I can cook. So why can't I make scones? Has anyone got a brilliant recipe (my mum told me she has a new one with Lemonade and cream??!! WTAF?
I need a big scone with dry edges not shiny
High rise, so I can break it apart , one half with butter and jam and the other with cream. Then maybe another half shared with a child. <drooling a bit now>. For clarity I include images of bad scone and good scone below. Bad scone (left) is thin and shiny. Well done if you read this self indulgent nonsense. But I would love a good scone recipe Please. And any must do/ must not do tips. Like flora not butter or vice verse. Cold hands or other such shiz

Teddypops Thu 07-May-20 21:50:46

Oh OP I could have written your post! I'm desperate for a good scone recipe!

Justajot Thu 07-May-20 21:52:22

I made www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/tea_time_scones_77839 and they worked really well.

I also read www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010/apr/22/how-to-make-perfect-scones and made the rolled out dough 2.5cm tall.

MulberryPeony Thu 07-May-20 21:53:59

Have you tried freezing the butter then grating it a la ruff puff pastry? Me and DD did it last time we made scones and they turned out perfect.

Grumpbum123 Thu 07-May-20 21:54:03

Mary berry’s is failsafe

Thecatisboss Thu 07-May-20 21:55:13

I've made the BBC good food recipe which works well and the National Trust one is delicious too.

Laurendelight Thu 07-May-20 21:55:16

I am great baker but I can’t do scones. It’s something to do with not handling the dough too much but I’ve not mastered it. Probably need cold hands as well..

RNBrie Thu 07-May-20 21:55:18

The trick is to leave the dough really thick. Around an inch and a half.

I use delia's scone recipe. I usually do double cause it doesn't make as many as she says.

www.deliaonline.com/recipes/occasions/mothers-day/mothers-day-afternoon-tea/plain-scones

BolloxtoGender Thu 07-May-20 21:56:46

www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/classic-scones-jam-clotted-cream

This is my go to scones recipe. But I tinker with it and substitute the lemon juice with kefir, I just don't like the idea of using lemon juice...

I learn from experience that you mustn't work the dough too much/at all, just mix it and bind together, roll out on floured surface and cut.

WeakAndWeary Thu 07-May-20 21:57:27

Stiff dough and a bit more baking powder than the recipe says. Mary Berry has the best recipes - her cheese scones are legendary!

kittiesattack Thu 07-May-20 21:58:12

Warm the milk as well.

Ginfordinner Thu 07-May-20 21:58:36

I need to know how you are making them to see where you have gone wrong.

Important things to remember:
Preheat your oven. Scones need a hot oven
Don't overwork your dough
Don't roll out your dough too thin. Don't roll it at all, just pat it flat
Use buttermilk instead of milk.
When cutting them out dip your cutter into flour, and don't twist it.

balalalala Thu 07-May-20 21:58:47

I'm a big fan of Jane's patisserie - incredible recipes all round and so far I've not messed up anything when following one.
www.janespatisserie.com/2015/02/17/classic-buttery-scones/

Ellenthegenerous Thu 07-May-20 21:58:59

Paul Hollywood's recipe has never failed for me.

Gindrinker43 Thu 07-May-20 22:00:47

You may be overworking the dough. Dont kneed and be very gentle rolling out.
Try these.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/recipes/national-trust-fruit-scones

works for me every time, also make sure if you glaze with milk none goes down the sides as it will arrest the rise

Lougle Thu 07-May-20 22:01:46

If you mix it and knead it until it's a really beautiful, smooth dough, then you'll get awful scones grin You really do need to just combine the ingredients, mixing as little as possible until it forms a rough dough, then roll gently until it's uniform.

When you cut the dough, you must be assertive and press straight down in one motion - if you wiggle the cutter around it crimps the edges, then they can't puff up (much the same with puff pastry).

A hot oven for a short time, not a low oven for a longer time.

Whenasuitcasejustwontdo Thu 07-May-20 22:02:04

www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/classic-scones-jam-clotted-cream I think this recipe has been linked above. Keep the circles thick and check out the tip to warm the milk and add lemon juice. Then make sure you send one to me!

Cabinfever10 Thu 07-May-20 22:02:53

Scones like cold hands and do not like being rerolled.
After you have made your mix put it in the fridge to rest for 20 minutes. Then roll it out handling it as little as possible, cut your scones trying to waste very little mix as remixing and rerolling wrecks it

Flowersniffer Thu 07-May-20 22:02:56

I use the bbcgoodfood one linked above. Never had a problem.

BellaVita Thu 07-May-20 22:02:59

Delia’s rich fruit scones all the way here - foolproof. But as @RNBrie says - double the recipe up.

CornishTiger Thu 07-May-20 22:03:33

I need this too!

Almostfifty Thu 07-May-20 22:04:10

Paul Hollywood's scones with bread flour work perfectly. I'm a baker, but my scones have always disappointed me, these are absolutely fabulous.

Nocaloriesinchocolate Thu 07-May-20 22:04:16

National Trust book of scones everyday fruit scones

WrongKindOfFace Thu 07-May-20 22:04:38

Lemonade scones are actually nice. They’re not quite the same as normal scones, and they don’t keep well, but I’d happily eat one (or three). They are better with full sugar lemonade though which is difficult to find these days.

LittleOwl153 Thu 07-May-20 22:04:42

Isn't there something about putting them close together on the baking tray - so they give each other support to 'grow'...

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