Saturday, April 25, 2015

YORKSHIRE SCONES--A VINTAGE TREAT

by Mary Kennedy                                
 
 
Yorkshire is known for its beautiful countryside, amazing views and rustic stone walls. And if you're looking for some first-rate comfort food, I'd like to suggest a treat from my British mother-in-law. Yorkshire scones. They are delicious and possibly addictive. She hosted a family "tea" when I first visited the UK and graciously gave me the recipe. Platters of these fresh-from-the-oven scones appeared at the tea party and were immediately gobbled up.
                                                           
 
The recipe is super-easy and I bet you have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now.
 
Ingredients
 
·         3 cups flour (regular, all-purpose flour)
·         1 tablespoon baking powder
·         1 cup (2 sticks) butter, let butter soften at room temperature
·         1/4 cup sugar
·         3 eggs
·         1/3 cup of milk—I actually use a little more than this. I start with 1/3 cup and then add a little more, a tablespoon at a time. No more than ½ cup milk total. I couldn’t get the dough to hold together with the 1/3 cup amount listed in the recipe.
·         1/2 cup sultanas (I use a mix of raisins, craisins and chopped dates. Whatever  I happen to have)
 
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Sift together the flour and baking powder.   I don’t have a sifter, I just use a mesh strainer and tap it.
In a separate bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar, beating until pale and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, then add the flour mixture and the milk. Sprinkle the raisins/dates, etc over the dough and gently fold them in.
 Drop by “mounds” on a baking sheet. You can sprinkle them with a couple of tablespoons of sugar, if you like.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Note: I tried rolling these out and using a cookie cutter, and they weren’t as good. I think I handled the dough too much and it made it tough. The original “drop” recipe is all you need.
 
                                                               
 
 My mother-in-law served these with butter and home-made peach jam. The scones freeze really well (assuming there are any left over to freeze!) Good luck, and I hope you enjoy them.
 
Mary Kennedy

 

22 comments:

Jen Scott said...

The recipe sounds easy, and the scones look yummy! Thank you

Chris nicholson said...

I love scones with loads of clotted cream and strawberry jam!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Chris, yet, clotted cream, I forgot about that! She had strawberry jam, peach jam and I think the third was boysenberry.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Jen, thanks for stopping by, hope you try them!

Harbinger said...

These look so nice and easy to make!. I guess with all the butter in them, you probably don't want to put butter on them. ;) Never mind...I'd put butter on them. I think this will be our Sunday morning treat this week. Thanks, Mary!!!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I love scones. I don't bake much but maybe I will try them.. I have a friend who loves to bake and will give this recipe to her too.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I love scones. I don't bake much but maybe I will try them.. I have a friend who loves to bake and will give this recipe to her too.

Mary Holshouser said...

Love scones. thanks for the recipe.

Kate Collins said...

For those who are lactose sensitive, would substituting coconut milk or almond milk work? Are they sweet enough to eat without the jam or do they need that little something sweet? I can't wait to try them!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a pretty easy recipe. I've always thought scones would be difficult to make. I'll have to give this one a try.

mary kennedy said...

Hanks, Harbinger, hope you try them. My mother-in-law served them with clotted cream and jam (and also butter!). Probably not the healthiest food in the world, but I figure they're okay for an occasional treat.

mary kennedy said...

Thanks, Diane, it is so easy and fool-proof. Everyone loves them and asks me for the recipe. Hope you like them!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Angie, you're got to try them, you will be hooked. They only take a few minutes to make. Make sure you just "drop" them on the cookie sheet. Rolling them out was a big deal and they weren't as good that way..

mary kennedy said...

Hi Kate, yes, I should have mentioned that! My bad. I have friends who use coconut milk and almost milk and it works perfectly. I think you'll love them. I have a couple of home-made "sugar-free" jam recipes I'm going to post soon. Neither of the jam recipes has any artificial sweeteners, just the natural fruit and juice. I think they're fine without jam and I don't even bother sprinkling sugar on top before baking. Thanks for stopping by!

Grandma Cootie said...

I was lucky enough to work in Yorkshire for a little while years ago. It is so beautiful, and the stone walls just fascinated me.

I love scones and this seems like a pretty easy recipe. I think I will make them this weekend.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a fabulous and delicious post, Mary! Can't wait to try these scones. XO MJ

mary kennedy said...

Let me know how they turn out, Grandma Cootie, I bet they will be delicious!

mary kennedy said...

Thanks for stopping by, MJ! I've got to make some more. They disappear fast!

Alyssa Maxwell said...

These do sound easy! And there is nothing like a warm, fresh scone. Thanks for sharing!

Lynn in Texas said...

We love scones! Thanks for the tips, Mary. I really appreciate that when reading recipes!

mary kennedy said...

So glad you like it, Lynn, thanks for stopping by.

mary kennedy said...

HI Alyssa, they are so easy...and everyone loves them, thanks for stopping by