Saturday, March 14, 2009

Scones

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.

25 comments:

SJ said...

I have had only sweet scones before..your cheesy version looks good!

Lisa said...

I adore savory biscuits and scones, especially when they contain cheese. In fact, I just made some beer, cheese and dill rolls that are cooling as I type.

Ranjani said...

They look phenomenal! and you make them sound super easy...yeah clotted cream and cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off would be a perfect accompaniment:)
I wish I lived closer, I'd have totally invited myself over for tea!but maybe we'll meet for tea when I'm India soon..?!!

Bharti said...

Arre wah! That sounds so English and good. I was in a more chatpata mood and missing the roadside foods, so we ate pav bhaji for lunch and idlis/yogurt rice/tamrind rice at the temple for dinner. I like the sound of savory scones.

Poornima Nair said...

Those scones look perfect...I prefer the savoury version anyday.

Sunshinemom said...

Tempting:)

Passionate About Baking said...

Look so good Arundathi. Savoury looks great to me. What wonderful scones!

Chitra said...

these are new to me,lovely pics.hope it tasted great!!

Priya said...

Excellent scones..looks too grat Aruna!

A_and_N said...

Love the pics :) Especially of the steps. In fact, A is making scones now for bfast!

Happy cook said...

hmmmm are you going post with afternoon tea and scones it is indeed real brittish :-)
They look absloutley delicious.

Priti said...

Thanks for the detail step by step instructions....looks nice..bookmarked the recipe :)

Holler said...

This is a nice variation on fruit scone, which I love. Very tempting :)

Cynthia said...

I don't have scones but I am off to get myself a cup of tea and a slice of coconut bread.

Mansi said...

that looks great girl! I'd love adding some herbs to these scones:) thanks for a lovely entry!

Jude said...

Cheese and pepper scones are so easy to make but always hit the spot. Sometimes you just want something freshly baked quick.

Superchef said...

my my!! you are tempting me, girl!! these scones in just 30 mins?!! its like past 10 in the nite here and im soo tempted to make some right now! :D

Aparna said...

These look perfect. I prefer the savoury ones, too though the other two here like them sweet. Haven't figured out what to bake for BBD!

♥Rosie♥ said...

I like both sweet and savoury scones. Your savoury scones look perfect and yes I'd love a scone and a cup of tea ;0)

Divya Vikram said...

That looks too good ! Perfect with tea. Havent tried making savoury scones. Thanks for sharing. You could send this to Think pepper event being hosted in my blog.

Arundathi said...

Thanks everyone. Yup, they were delicious.
Ranjani - We definitely should meet!

Bharti - mmm. Pav Bhaji - delicious!

Aparna - It took me a while to figure out what to make. I was just bent on not making anything sweet.

Rosie - Sure, wish I could send it across.

Divya Vikram - Sure, will send it across!

Raaga said...

these look great... tea and scones... straight out of Enid BLyton :)

Arundathi said...

Raaga - :) Yup, almost felt part of her lovely stories!

homecooked said...

The scones look wonderful! Perfect with tea!

Arundathi said...


homecooked - thanks!