Last year I spent a two week holiday in Gozo&Malta with a friend and when we went grocery shopping the first day and found clotted cream we went nuts. We ate clotted cream every day, mostly on croissants and cookies. It’s not impossible to buy clotted cream in Berlin, but it’s absurdly expensive, so I’ve never bought it before. Because we enjoyed our holiday so much we are going right back this year and I think it would be a great idea if I could bake scones to go with that clotted cream. So now I’m on a quest to find an easy recipe that can be made within the confines of a holiday home that is not equipped with any baking utensils.
The first recipe I tried is adapted from BBC Good Food aptly named ultimate scones. Since I didn’t have slightly salted butter (just strongly salted) I used regular butter and added a little bit of salt and instead of the self-raising flour I used all-purpose flour the original recipe calls for and added baking powder and baking soda.
- 1¾ cup (225g) flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup (50g) butter, chilled, cut in small pieces
- 2 tablespoons (25g) caster sugar
- ½ cup (125ml) buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons full-fat milk
- extra flour for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 430° F / 220° C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Tip the flour into a bowl with the salt. Add the butter and rub together with your fingers to make a reasonably crumbed mixture. Stir in the sugar.
- Add the milk to the buttermilk and pour it into the mixture. Gently work the dough until it forms a soft, almost sticky, dough. Don’t overwork at this point or you will toughen the dough.
- Lift the ball of soft dough out of the bowl and put it on to a floured surface. Knead the mixture just a little. Pat the dough gently with your hands to a thickness of approx. 2,5 cm (slightly under 1 inch) and cut it into triangles.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Fresh out of the oven the scones were great by themselves, but the next day they were already too dry and were in dire need of that clotted cream. In any case, this is already a great recipe for that holiday clotted cream situation.