Tea and scones? Yup. That's exactly what I'm having right now. Very English Saturday afternoon for me. Wondering whether to make tiny, crisp, crust-less cucumber sandwiches. Have to thank the British for some of their food - quite excellent.
Scones take exactly 15 minutes mix together and 15 minutes to bake. Did you know that? In a half hour from now, you could also be having tea and scones. I prefer the savory kind, but you could also try fruit scones or simply sugar added sweet scones.
Parmesan and Pepper Scones
(recipe from King Arthur Flour with a bit of tweaking)
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Baking Powder
3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp Yogurt (I used skim-milk yogurt)
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup cold Butter
1 egg white (for glazing - optional)
1/8 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated (for garnishing - optional)
Preheat the oven to 230 deg C.
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and cheese in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Beat together the yogurt and the egg. Add to the flour mixture and combine lightly with a fork until just combined.
Empty the dough out onto a floured surface and bring together to form a ball. Do not knead.
I patted the dough onto a greased baking sheet. Be sure to pat gently and handle the dough as little as possible. Flatten into a circle and cut like a pizza into slices using a serrated knife. Or pat into a rough rectangle and cut into squares, cutting the squares in half to get diagonals. This is totally optional - traditional British scones are triangular. You could make any shape you wish!
Brush the tops with the beaten egg white and sprinkle with the extra Parmesan. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Let cool for 5 minutes (that's when you should be making the tea!). Serve with tea and tiny crust-less cucumber sandwiches.
This is off to Mansi at Fun and Food Blog for BBD: Quick Breads. And to Divya at Dil Se for Think Spice: Think Pepper, an event originally started by Sunita.