In Bermuda, to indulge sweet comforting scones that are good for breakfast or with a cup of our favorite tea or coffee is common. This delicious food took a little while before my kids started to eat them but now that they do I find myself making these golden goodies at least once a week. Traditionally this is served during afternoon tea alongside banana bread and cakes, but nowadays this can also be found at most bakeries in Bermuda for breakfast.
The options tend to be creative when you find them in the bakeries, for instance you would find a plain scone next to one that is loaded down with fruit. Or you can find odd combinations or ingredients like bacon, spinach and dates. Those are not my cup of tea, per say! Being I couldn’t find the sweet scones that I like I decided it was time to make them at home.
The most common version of the fruit scone has raisins in them. These are great with your jam of choice. More traditional scones have more than one type of fruit in them. These fruits can include, dried apricots, currents, cherries or sultanas. I prefer the seasonings instead of the actual fruit added to my scones. Therefore the secret recipe that turned my whole family onto scones was cinnamon. They loved them once I added that to the mix.
To make fruit scones just add two tablespoons of dried desired fruit. For cheese scones, add half a cup of grated cheese. Cheddar cheese is the typical preference when it comes to these yummy comfort food. Ensure your dough mixture has a soft consistency. This helps with the softness of the inside of the scone. Garish options are either brush with egg wash or sprinkle with sugar. I prefer the sprinkled with sugar option but the egg wash isn’t bad either!
Before you indulge these sweet comforting scones, you are going to need two glass mixing bowls, pastry cutter, lightly greased cookie sheet and one glass to cut out rounds from the dough.
Ingredients for Sweet Comforting Scones
- 2 cups of All Purpose Flour
- ⅓cup of sugar
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- ¼ tsp of baking soda
- 8 tsp of butter
- ½ cup of raisins, dates, cherries, cheese (Optional)
- 1 egg
- ¾cup of milk
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400° F and lightly grease your cookie sheet. Set cookie sheet aside.
- In a glass blow mix flour, sugar, seasons, baking powder, baking soda together. Mix well. Cut butter into cubes and add to dry ingredient mixture.
- Using the pastry cutter, begin to cut the butter into the flour until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Make a well in the center of the crumbly mixture.
- In a separate bowl mix together the egg and milk then pour it into the well you made in the mixture.
- Now you can add in your dried fruits, cheese etc. and form together into soft dough.
- On floured surface roll out the dough into half inch thick.
- Here you can either leave the fruit scone dough as one or use the top side of glass and cut into rounds. Place onto greased cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle the top with sugar and bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Note: if you do not have a pastry cutter, you can use your fingers to mix the butter into the flour. Another option is you can use a fork to cut the butter in.
This is a quick and easy recipe so you can indulge sweet comforting scones sooner rather than later. Enjoy with your favorite hot beverage while reading a good book. Play around with the additional options you may never know what combinations you may like.
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