The Vicky A girls like drinking tea, and what is a tea party without scones? It’s a boring tea party, that’s what it is. Scones can be tricky to make, so here the Vicky A girls give you some fool-proof techniques to make perfect scones every time.
Wait, crap, the recipe says 375 degrees.
Ok, get a grip, this is why we wear steel-toed boots in the kitchen. Because of the knives. On to the ingredients.
Note the “off-brand” nature of many of the ingredients. Vicky is a thrifty lady. You will also need some other ingredients not pictured here, but those are secret. Also, drink some tea at this point. You’re doing a great job (Just kidding about the secret ingredients).
Phew, tastes so good. Ok, one of the classic rookie mistakes in baking is the ole’ baking powder vs baking soda switcheroo. Do NOT use baking soda.
Now we’re ready to go! When you are baking, it is important to use a recipe. Make sure your recipe is written clearly and legibly. See also our post on handwriting.
When the Vicky A girls make scones, we like to use Alton Brown’s recipe, which you can find here. It is reliable and easily adaptable for any type of scone – fresh or dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, you name it. So start by getting that recipe and decide on the flavoring for your scones (our favorites include dried cranberries, dried blueberries or the strawberries you will see here). Next, combine your dry ingredients. In baking, measurements need to be precise to get the expected results, so level off your dry ingredients with a knife before adding to the bowl.
Next, cut in the fat. You can use butter, shortening, or margarine. You can even use half of each. Alton uses half butter and half shortening, so that’s what we do. We also do not have a pastry cutter, and using your hands is easier and more fun anyway, so just get in there with that manicure!
In a smaller bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Alton’s recipe calls for milk and an egg.
Turn the dough out onto a HEAVILY floured surface. Don’t be shy – just dump the whole bag out. You’re going to need it.
Flatten the mound and fold it in half a couple of times. Don’t knead it, just fold it and flatten it back out. Your hands should look something like this.
Bake them until they are golden brown. Watch them carefully – burned scones are not delicious.
Finally! Now it’s time to enjoy your scones. The Vicky A girls like ours with jam and clotted cream – the proper way, of course. These are some of the brands we prefer (now is NOT the time to use off-brand products!), but you may have your own faves.
And finally, eat your scones! With tea, of course.