Recipe: Plain Golden Vanilla Scones

Is there anything more delicious (and British) than tea and scones?
 


Just imagine this moment with me. The sky is a deep blue, there isn't a cloud in the sky and the sun is gloriously shining down, in front of you is a plate of scones and some tea. Closing your eyes, all you can hear around you is the soft hum of people enjoying the afternoon sun and every so often a butterfly flutters past to sit on a flower nearby.

Yep, that's what I'm currently enjoying.

So why not join me and make your own scones!

This recipe is taken from The Vintage Tea Party Book written by the fabulous Angel Adoree.

What you'll need for this recipe is;
 
Makes 9-10 smaller scones and 6 larger scones.
  • 70g butter, at room temperature (plus extra for greasing)
  • 250g plain flour.
  • 50g caster sugar.
  • 2 tsp baking powder.
  • ¼ tsp salt.
  • 125ml milk.
  • 1 large free-range egg, lightly beaten.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • A little egg and/or milk for glazing.
Start by preheating your oven to 220c or 200c if you have a fan oven, then grease up a baking tray with some butter or use grease-proof paper like I do!
 
Take all your dry ingredients and mix them together in one bowl.
 

 
Next, take your butter and crumble it into the dry ingredients, making sure the butter is evenly distributed. 


 
This is a recipe for getting your hands dirty, so don't be shy and delve your hands right in.
 
 
Next add in the egg and mix that through with your hands...
 
 
 
Following that, add in the milk and vanilla extract...
 

 
Once again, really get your hands in there and mix it all in. I know it looks gross and it feels a bit gross too but it is surprisingly therapeutic. Don't mix it too much though or you'll take the air out of the mix.


 
 
When it is finally mixed together, grab a ball of mix and roll it up into a ball.
 


 


Next, you need to make up your glaze to make your scones look all golden brown.
 
I always make sure to leave a little egg left and I mix that with some milk, then taking a pastry brush, apply the mix onto the scones.
 

 
Make sure you don't drown the scones in the mix, just give it a good covering.

 
Pop the tray into the oven for 16-18 minutes. Due to my oven being a bit fussy, I always tend to give my scones a few more minutes just to make sure the scones are totally golden brown.
 
The smell when these babies are cooking is incredible and it takes a lot of will power not to want to gobble them down immediately when the oven.
 
Can you blame me when they look like this?
 
 
Leave them to cool down on the baking tray for about five minutes.
 
Pop them on a plate and serve them up warm.


 
Grab a cup of tea in your favourite mug...
 
(Mug from Etsy)
 
What will you have on your scone? My mum loves butter and my dad loves to eat them plain.
 
Me? I love heaps of strawberry jam.
 
 
Oh look at that jam glistening on the scone, how very naughty.

 
What I love about these scones is that they have a slightly crunch to the outside but are soft as air on the inside. Easy to whip up on short notice for an impromptu tea party or if you want to indulge yourself and of course, they are ridiculously delicious and morish.
 
If you'll excuse me, I'm off to go munch on some scones and enjoy the sunshine.
 
How do you like your scones? Let me know in the comments!