The best scones in the world all have one thing in common. They’re a little bit crispy crumbly on the outside, yet soft, light and fluffy on the inside. Whether you slather them in butter or serve them hot with fresh cream and jam, Grandma’s Just Plain Easy Homemade Scones are the best afternoon treat you could ever ask for.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and so is our annual Mother’s Day catch up with family. Alongside my grandmother’s birthday and Christmas Day, Mother’s Day was one of the few times each year that the whole family would be together in the same place at the same time.
When I was younger, this would mean a gathering of all our aunties, uncles and cousins at gran’s house for a feast of epic proportions.
There’d be party pies and sausage rolls crammed in the oven and gran’s famous pea and ham soup bubbling away in the crock pot. There’d be plates of snacks and salads from the aunties and uncles.
And there’d be gran’s amazing homemade scones, by far my most favourite food in the entire world.
I think it’s fairly safe to say that on my side of the family, my grandmother is the undisputed Queen of Scones.
The best part is that she LOVES baking them, so every time we head over for a visit, there’s a very good chance that the aroma of fresh homemade scones will greet us at the door before she will.
On my Mondays off from work I’d always head around to gran’s place to catch up on the latest goss and help myself to some of her freshly made scones and a hot cup of tea.
A quick hug and a ‘how are you gran?’ then I’d be bee-lining to the kitchen to put the kettle on and devour my way through her latest batch.
Seriously. Even before the kettle had boiled, there I’d be. Face full of scone, flour all over my fingers, in gastronomical bliss.
In fact, gran was the very first person we visited on our sneaky return into the country, and even sent us on our way with a bag full of homemade scones to fill up our tums as we headed off to surprise the rest of our family.
So we thought it high time to jump in the kitchen and try our hand at baking a batch of our very own.
Grandma’s Just Plain Easy Homemade Scones
According to gran, all you need is a few scoops of flour, a big dollop of butter, and a splash of milk. Mix it all up, give it a knead, separate into portions and pop them into the oven.
We’ve added the proper measurements in the recipe below, but I’m pretty sure gran never uses them. By now it’s all completely done by instinct.
We also decided to make this recipe even easier by placing the dough in one huge circle on the baking tray then slicing into even pieces, just like a pizza.
This method makes it super simple and no fuss to cook, which also incidentally means it’s that much quicker to go from basic ingredients to sconetastic.
To me, it’s not the full homemade scone experience unless it’s topped with strawberry jam and whipped cream (my favourite). Even better when assembled to look like some sort of scone-wich from heaven. Some like it even simpler with a quick swipe of butter, others with marmalade.
What’s your favourite way to eat scones?
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- 3 cups flour self raising
- 100 g butter
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 tsp raw sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Blueberry jam
- Whipped cream
- Flick that electric oven on to 230 degrees celcius and get ready to make a batch of the best scones you've ever eaten.
- Grab a medium bowl and throw in the flour, sugar and salt.
- Roughly chop the butter, drop it in the bowl and dig in with your hands. You want to really mix the butter and flour together until you get a crumbly texture with no lumps. We'll be checking!
- Next, it's time for the bling. Get a butter knife and make a well in your mixture. Pour in the milk and start to 'cut' the flour in all directions like the awesome pro scone maker you are. The mixture will turn into a sticky dough ball.
- Next throw some flour in the air and onto a flat surface. Roll the ball of dough onto it and lightly knead into a flat 2 cm thick circle.
- Grab your tray, line with baking paper and throw the scone frisbee onto the tray.
- Brush the top with a teensy bit of milk for golden good times, before slicing into eight pieces like a pizza and popping it straight in the oven. Voila!
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve hot and burn your mouth trying to eat them with melted butter, or wait until they cool and slather with jam and whipped cream.