Christmas Scones - THE BEST FOOD RECIPE

  • Pre-heat the oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan.

  • Lightly grease a baking sheet with butter (or alternatively, I use a bake-o-glide sheet and greasing isn’t necessary).

  • Put the self-raising flour (250g) into a large bowl. Cut the butter (50g) into cubes and add it to the flour.

  • Gently rub the butter into the flour until it is the consistency of breadcrumbs.

  • Cut the marzipan (50g) into small cubes.

  • Add
    the caster sugar (30g), baking powder (½ tsp), salt (¼ tsp), marzipan,
    mincemeat (100g) to the flour and butter. Give it a quick stir to ensure
    that all of the ingredients are evenly distributed.

  • Make
    a well in the centre and add the full-fat milk (85ml) and brandy
    (50ml). I like to keep a tablespoon or two of milk back to add at the
    end to help collect up any stray bits of flour.

  • With
    as little action as possible, mix the milk and brandy into the dry
    ingredients using your hands until the mixture has come together. If
    there’s any flour left at the bottom then add a touch more milk to help
    collect it up.

  • Sprinkle
    a dusting of flour onto your work surface. Place the dough onto the
    floured surface and pat it flat, about 1½ inches thick (don’t use a
    rolling pin).

  • Using
    a round cutter (I used a 6cm diameter cutter to make 9 small scones),
    press into the dough and carefully lift out the scone and place it onto
    your baking sheet. Cut as many scones as you can, ball up the remaining
    dough, pat flat and repeat cutting out more scones until all of your
    dough has been used.

  • Brush a little milk onto the top of each scone.

  • Place
    into the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes until they are cooked (I like
    to tap on the bottom to see if they sound hollow, as you would do with

  • Once cooked, remove them from the oven and place onto a wire rack to cool (or eat them while they’re still warm!).

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