Hot cross SCONES!


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My cousin sent me a pic today of a hot cross scone she’d picked up from a café. I cannot believe the concept has never crossed my mind before! A fraction of the time to make and all of the taste. You just have to sacrifice toasting if that’s your thing. I cobbled together a recipe and it turned out pretty well!

Hot Cross Scones (excuse the format but I’ve copied and pasted from my scribbled notes as I went along)

Mix together 225g self raising flour, 1tsp baking powder and 1-2tsp mixed spice to taste.

Rub in 50g butter or margarine until it looks like breadcrumbs.

Mix in 25g caster sugar, 70g dried fruit and the grated zest of 1-2 oranges.

Crack an egg into a measuring jug and add milk to take it up to 150ml.

Add the milk to the dry ingredients in little goes - you’ll probably only need two thirds of it. You should have a soft but not wet dough.

Roll or pat the dough to about an inch high and cut into circles with a fluted metal cutter. (2 inches is about standard but I went bigger!) Place on a greased or paper-lined baking tray and brush tops with rest of milky egg mix. Bake at 220C or 200C fan for 10-12 minutes. When still hot, roll out some marzipan to make the crosses and pop on top or if you don’t like marzipan you can lightly slash a cross in the tops after the egg wash but before they go in the oven.

They were utterly delicious!

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OH those look so yummy. And you are right, quick and easy. I used to go to this shop for Sunday brunch. The woman who ran it was from England, so every thing she served was a reflection of her heritage. My first lemon curd on a scone, bangers and mash. Oh and this cabbage dish she used to do was heaven. And now what I know is something called bubble and squeak, I first ate there. But she made hers more in the shape of croquettes instead of a patty. Those things were my favorite. I swear I could eat a platter of those things!!! She had the best earl grey tea. You could really taste the bergamot. It is so hard to find good earl grey tea in the US.
 

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