Fluffy Scottish scones

Just recently I got this itch that I needed to scratch: I was in the mood for scones, honest-to-goodness fluffy Scottish scones. I had actually never made scones up to that day, but my wonderfully supportive and ginger Scottish boyfriend encouraged me to make them myself – no self interest there at all…-. So I put myself to the task, finding a good old fashioned recipe that would work for a beginner in the matter as me. I got this one from the oldie but goldie Silver Spoon book, so I can’t claim credit for it, but I still wanted to share it with you.

I have to say that this recipe is a lot easier (especially for a newbie!) than many others out there and it turned out really well. I have made some slight adjustments to it and increased some measurements, because the initial amount was definitely not enough… They turned out so yum that I wish I had made loads more, they were all gone by breakfast next day and I was dreaming of them for days after. We put them together with some butter and strawberry marmalade and they practically disappeared, that’s how good they were.

I actually decided to be slightly adventurous and tried grinding some cardamom seeds into some, with disastrous results – wa wa waaahhh -. So you won’t be seeing those pictures, sorry! But I’m sure I can surprise you sometime soon making some tweaks and changes and delicious additions to this basic recipe. Maybe next time I’ll decide to have a go at making homemade clotted cream, who knows? But for now, ladies and gents, here is the recipe that has earned me some very valuable points as the SO of a true Scotsman:

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 40g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 400g flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 4-5 tbsp milk
  • salt
  1. Cream the butter in a bowl and beat in the sugar and eggs.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and a dash of salt, and stir into the bowl.
  3. Add just enough milk to form a very soft dough, shape with your hands into a ball, cover with cling film and leave for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 180ºC, and line a baking tray with paper or a baking mat (I used my wonderful amazon basics silicon mats that I got for Christmas, they work really well!).
  5. Flour a clean and dry surface and roll out the dough carefully to avoid beating the air out, it should be about 2cm thick.
  6. Cut out whatever shape you choose for your scones. I chose circles, but that ended in wasting a lot of the leftover dough. Cutting it with a knife in triangular shapes is a good option as well.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Serve with butter and jam, as is traditional in Scotland, or clotted cream (unfortunately difficult to find in Germany…).