Daisy’s Downton British Scones
Author's Notes: Tender, buttery scones inspired by our favorite British show Downton Abbey. Serve them with butter, jam, or clotted cream, and don’t forget a spot of tea.
Daisy’s Downton British Scones Print Recipe
- 2 Cups Unbleached Cake Flour
- 4 Tsp. Baking Powder
- ½ Tsp. Salt
- 4 Tbs. Irish Butter, room temp
- 1 Egg, lightly beaten
- Light Cream, enough to add up to ¾ Cup (with the egg added)
- 1 Egg, beaten, for glazing top of scone
- 2 Tbs. Sparkling Sugar (optional for topping scones)
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Mix dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
- Add butter and rub in with fingers until it resembles crumbs.
- Move this mixture to the side of the bowl to form a well in the center.
- In a measuring cup, beat 1st egg then pour in enough cream (you can also use regular milk or buttermilk) to make ¾ cup of liquid.
- Mix together with a fork, then pour into the well you’ve made of the dry ingredients and butter.
- Mix together with fork, gradually incorporating the dry ingredients into the wet. You should be left with a soft dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat or roll out until it is about 1 ½” thick.
- Press out rounds, gather excess dough and repeat, though handle the dough as little as possible to keep the scones tender.
- Put the scones on baking sheet lined with a baking mat (or directly on a well-greased baking sheet).
- Beat the 2nd egg well, then brush on the top of the scones using a pastry brush.
- If desired, sprinkle sparkling sugar on top.
- Bake approximately 13 minutes, until well risen and golden.
Best served warm with butter and jam (or if you’re American: Skillet Bacon Jam)