Are we British yet?

Here in Dubai we are surrounded by British food. My children are obsessed with Digestive Biscuits and Burbon Creams. We have been buying pre-seasoned Chicken Spatchcock because my DH LOVES it and it makes very good soup, and the boys have, here and there, referred to dinner as 'tea'.
So since we are enjoying this English thing, and it actually RAINED on the Trucial coast today and was what passes for a fall day, I decided to make scones.
I've never made them before, so I used the Nigella Lawson recipe from How to Be a Domestic Godess but modified it a bit for stuff I didnt have on had and to give them a more specific taste.
Here goes.
Pre-heat oven to 220 celcius.
In a large bowl combine 250g flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Cut about 75 grams of cold butter into this until well integrated and crumbly.
toss 50 grams each chopped walnuts and chopped dried apricots with the butter and flour mixture
add 150ml of cold milk and combine GENTLY- the dough will be very sticky
Turn the dough onto a well floured surface and add flour by hand being careful not to overmix until the dough stays together, but is still soft.
Cut into 8 - 10 pieces and place on a baking sheet. Paint with eggwash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for about 15 min until browned on the bottom. They are cooked when set firm, but not brown on top.
They would be delicious with any number of dried fruits; raisins, cherries, even papaya.
And while they aren't much to look at, they had a really light crumb and a satisfying mild sweetness from the apricots.

1 comment:

  1. These are absolutely delicious, I was reading the blog and remembered how good they were, and how easy you said they were to make, I will try to have a go later!!


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