A baking tray with scones freshly out the oven

Everyone enjoys a freshly-baked scone, but there’s no reason you need to be the one slaving away in the kitchen. This easy scone recipe is specially formulated so that kids can make the scones themselves (although it would be fun for you to get involved too!).

You will need:

  • 30 ml cake flour
  • 500 ml cake flour
  • 20 ml baking powder
  • 3 ml salt
  • 60 ml chilled butter (cut into small cubes)
  • 1 egg
  • 150 ml ice-cold water
  • 15 ml milk
  • pinch of salt

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How to make the scones:

1 Grease a baking sheet with butter and sift 5 ml of the 30 ml cake flour over the whole
surface.

2 Set the oven temperature to 220 °C. This is a very hot oven.

3 Sift the 500 ml cake flour, baking powder and 3 ml salt into the big mixing bowl.

4 Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it forms crumbs.

5 Use a whisk to beat the egg and ice-cold water in the small mixing bowl.

6 Pour almost all the egg mixture over the flour mixture. Set the small mixing bowl with the leftover egg aside.

7 Immediately cut the liquid egg mixture into the flour mixture with a table knife until
it is just wet through. Do not mix for any longer.

8 Turn out the dough onto the chopping board. Press it lightly together with your fingers.

9 Rub the dough from your hands into the empty mixing bowl.

10 Lightly press the dough on the board to a thickness of 2 cm. Sprinkle more flour on the board if necessary.

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11 Use a cookie cutter to cut round scones out of the dough. Press evenly on the cookie
cutter when pushing it through the dough.

12 Cut out all the scones closely together.

13 Lift them carefully onto the baking sheet with a spatula. Take care not to spoil their
shape. Place them 3 cm apart. Press the remaining dough lightly together and cut out
more scones.

14 Mix the 15 ml milk and a pinch of salt in the small mixing bowl with the leftover beaten
egg. Use the pastry brush to brush some of this mixture over the top of every scone.

15 Bake for 10–12 minutes in the oven. Remove the baking sheet from the oven with oven gloves and put it on the cooling rack. Switch off the oven.

16 Serve the scones hot, with butter and jam. You can also add cheese to the batter for a savoury twist on a classic sweet scone.

This recipe extract was taken from Cook & Enjoy for kids by SJA de Villiers and Eunice van der Berg. Published by Human & Rousseau (imprint of NB Publishers).

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