I don’t seem to have the time to bake anymore. But I have a rare weekend off. So I baked these using a little chestnut flour which enhances the sweetness and gives a subtle earthy flavour. It’s time to get your bake on!
280g self-Raising flour
70g chestnut flour
2 sprigs of rosemary, 1 finely chopped
Pinch of salt
85g butter, hard and cut into cubes (unsalted preferably but salted is okay)
170ml of skimmed milk
2 figs finely sliced
1 egg lightly beaten
(1tbsp of maple syrup is optional if you have a very sweet tooth)
Preheat the oven to 200c with the top shelf ready. Put the flours, salt and butter into a bowl. Using your fingers rub the butter and the flour together picking up bits of flour and butter together and rubbing them and then letting the mixture fall back into the bowl. Do this until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the 1 finely chopped rosemary stick and mix again.
Then make a well into the centre of the dough
and pour in the milk and maple syrup if using.
Mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together. Then get your hands in and bring it together in a big ball.
On a lightly floured surface, using your hands pat it down to a circle (ish) of about 3cm deep.
Using a 6-7cm round cutter. Cut out about 6 circles.
Make sure you push straight down and don’t twist the cutter so that the scones rise nice and straight and not twisted.
Place each scone onto a baking sheet spaced well apart from each other.
Once you have cut out all of the scones, brush them, tops only, with egg wash. If you let the egg wash drip down It can prevent the scones from puffing up nicely.
Then place a slice of fig on top of each one, pushing it down a little along with a tiny sprig of rosemary.
Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes or until the scones are firm where risen and golden brown.
Once baked remove from the oven and allow to cool a little. As with so many baked things these are delicious when still warm.
These are a gift for a friend. I’m going to a dinner party tonight and thought they would be fun to take. I was in the park earlier and so used the leaves I picked up there for gift wrapping along with some brown paper (with aluminium foil first to keep them fresh).
Enjoy your evening and let me know if you give these a go!