I absolutely love scones! Ask any of my friends and they will tell you I always say that when I’m retired, I want to have scones with mascarpone, lemon curd and fresh berries every morning for tea. Everyone’sresponse is always the same: “You’ll be rolling in a month!”. I don’t mind rolling from point A to point B. I just want to enjoy my freshly baked scone with delectable accompaniments. I’ll be happy.
Scones, apparently, became a popular afternoon tea treat when Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford, decideda little snack would hit that peckish spotin the afternoon. Anna Russell was a life long friend of Queen Victoria and was also the originator of the British meal “afternoon tea”. Scones were one of the eats prepared for afternoon tea, along with sandwiches and other cakes. She’s myhero – just so that we’re all clear on that!
Scones are so versatile and there are millions of different recipes out there. You can prepare them in a savoury style with toppings like salmon or grilled asparagus and the sweet varieties are endless. Fruit scones, honey and muesli scones, lemon and poppy seed, orange and date etc. I enjoy the very ordinary nothing-added-to-the-dough scone. And I tend to try the recipes that have buttermilk as an ingredient more often, as I find them lighter in texture than others.
My favourite toppings are definitely fresh berries that’s just slightly crushed, lemon curd, cream or mascarpone andgood quality homemade jams. Cheese is also nice every now and again, I suppose, but my sweet tooth usually overrules. I’ve once made clotted cream to have with scones and OH MY GOODNESS it was the most amazing thing in the world ever! You pour a litre or two fresh cream into a large, but not deep, oven tray and place it in the oven at a low temperature over night. My friends, let me be honest, it is probably best if you don’t make clotted cream, because you’ll neverwantanything elsefrom that day on. It has the richest, creamiest and most gorgeous texture… I am just aboutdrowning in my own drool trying to describe it.
Whichever way you choose to enjoy your scones, please promise me that you’ll top it with quality accompaniments, always have a decent cup of tea with it and savour every bite!