Blackberry and lemon scones
Serves : 8
- 125 g (1 cup) self-raising flour
- 115 g (3/4 cup) wholemeal self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 55 g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
- 55 g (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
- 85 g (1/2 cup) fresh blackberries
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) buttermilk, or more as needed
Preparation:15min › Cook:20min › Ready in:35min
- Preheat oven to 200ºC. Lightly grease a baking tray.
- Sift flours and baking powder into a large bowl, adding any extra left in the sieve. Stir in sugar. Add butter; rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the lemon rind. Very gently stir in the blackberries. Do not overmix as the blackberries can easily become crushed.
- Lightly stir in buttermilk using a round-bladed knife; again, be careful not to crush the fruit. Add a little more buttermilk if there are any dry bits of dough remaining in the bowl.
- As soon as the mixture comes together in a soft dough, lift it onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently 2 or 3 times only, just enough to form a rough ball.
- Pat out dough carefully with your hands to make an 18-cm round. Transfer to the baking tray. Mark into 8 wedges; sprinkle with a little extra white flour. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until risen and lightly golden. Serve warm, broken into the marked wedges.
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To make Cinnamon Raisin Scones, use 55 g (1/2 cup) raisins in place of blackberries and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon in place of lemon zest. Increase buttermilk to 170 ml (1/3 cup). Roll dough out to 2.5 cm thick and stamp out rounds with a 5-cm plain cutter. Place on a greased baking tray; brush with a mixture of 1 tbsp milk and 2 tsp caster sugar. Bake for 12–15 minutes or until risen and light golden.
Altered ingredient amounts. I only used wholemeal flour, making my own self rising kind. Instead of buttermilk, I used soy milk. Since dewberries were in season, that is what I used instead of blackberries. Wonderful tasting scones! My family wants me to make more soon! - 27 Apr 2009