Classic British Scones, short and crumbly, jazzed up with some delicious roasted strawberries! These are so easy and quick to make, you can’t go wrong! Serve with jam, clotted cream and a cup of tea for your very own, homemade Devonshire or Cornish Cream Tea!
British summer time means a lot of different things to different people; it can mean day trips to the park, splashing around in rivers; complaining about the heat as soon as it goes over 25C (That’s 77F in American money); complaining about the lack of heat when it starts to rain; Wimbledon; Wasps; Festivals and so much more! One thing that I think we can all agree that makes the British summer fantastic is Strawberries, we grow amazingly delicious Strawberries – and nothing says British summer like dipping a big, juicy strawberry in some cream as you watch tennis played on grass! I had intended to make and share this recipe to celebrate Wimbledon, but here we are, weeks after it’s finished! Oops! It doesn’t make these Roasted Strawberry Scones any less tasty or any less British though!
Strawberries are indicative of British summer and scones are, well, just all round British – so it just felt right to put them together! These are not to be confused with the scones you get in America, which are usually triangle shaped, a lot sweeter and contain more fat. British scones are much closer to what the America calls “biscuits”, although I find scones to be a tad denser. Now, our scones may not contain as much butter or sugar as American ones sugar in, but don’t think this is because we want them to be better for you, oh no! The reason they’re made this way is, once they’re baked, you slather them with cream or butter to more than make up for the fat content and lots of jam for sweetness!
There’s a lot of British stereotypes floating around, some are more true than others, one thing that I think most people would associate with Britain is the cream tea, and this is one stereotype that I would happily embrace – it’s delicious! A cream tea is a light afternoon meal, consisting of fresh brewed tea taken with scones, clotted cream and jam – yum, right?! It’s time for me to once again admit that I’m a Brit who doesn’t drink tea, but I’ll more than make up for it with the scones! There are two types of cream tea – Devonshire and Cornish. From my understanding, the main difference is how you serve them – in Devon you cut the scone in half, slather with clotted cream and then top with jam; in Cornwall you cut the scone in half, butter it, spread over the jam and then top with clotted cream. So, going by how I served my scones, I had a Devonshire Cream Tea!
Another British stereotype is that it’s always raining here, unfortunately that one is pretty much true! As I write this post it’s currently pouring down with rain, it’s pretty nasty out there! It was also raining when I took these photos, and I’m going to use that as an excuse as to why these photos are so terrible (I’m sticking with it, you can’t stop me!). We have had a pretty hot summer though, so the rain isn’t all bad. Well, hot for us! We do get made fun of a lot for how much we can’t handle the heat, but in our defence we’re not equipped to deal with hot weather – especially as it’s usually also really humid when it’s hot plus nowhere has air conditioning – so we have to suffer in the stuffy, humid heat with nothing but fan blowing warm air on us – so we do what we do best, and complain about it a lot! Me more than others probably, I wilt like a flower in the heat – I get pretty cranky over it! I’m cranky over the rain too though, like a true Brit I’m never happy with the weather!
- 115g fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 1 tbsp balsamic
- 250 self raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 40g unsalted butter, softened
- 25g caster sugar (super fine granulated sugar)
- 1 large egg
- 60-80ml milk
- Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Line one baking sheets with parchment paper, and lightly grease another.
- Toss the strawberries in the balsamic, and spread out on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, until strawberries are starting to dry. Leave to cool.
- Put the flour and baking powder in a large bowl and combine. Add the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingers until you have a mixture that looks like bread crumbs. Stir in the sugar.
- Toss the cooled, roasted strawberries in the flour mix.
- Beat the egg in a measuring jug, then add milk up to the 100ml mark. Remove 1 tbsp of the mixture and set aside.
- Gradually add the remaining milk and egg mix to the flour/butter mix, mixing until you have a soft, sticky dough.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to gently pat it out flat, about 3/4" thick - the trick is to handle it as little as possible, for the best texture. Use a 4cm/1.5" fluted cutter to cut out the scones, don't twist the cutter or they're rise unevenly. Gather trimmings, re pat out and cut out more - being as gentle as possible to avoid over handling.
- Place scones on baking sheet, brush generously with the reserved 1 tbsp of egg and milk mixture. Bake for 10 mins, until well risen and golden in colour.
- Cool on wire rack, serve warm or cold with plenty of clotted cream and jam of your choice
While this post is dedicated to the British summer, I also want to dedicate it to my best friend, Leah! Today is her birthday, and while she’s American she is a big fan of all things British (me most of all, of course 😉 ) – this is the first year since I’ve known her that we’ve not spent her birthday today, your best friend living 4,000 miles and an ocean away from you is definitely no fun! Luckily we have wonderful technology to keep us connected, especially on special days like today – so Leah, happy birthday – have a scone – pip pip!! 😀
I do hope you give these roasted strawberry scones a try, they’re so delicious and ridiculous easy to make – you could leave a 5 year old alone to make them with perfect results! Whether you live in Britain or elsewhere, it’s always the right time to enjoy a classic cream tea with a taste of summer, so what are you waiting for?! I’d love to hear what you love most about the British summer in the comments below or, if you’re not British, tell me the British stereotypes and classics that you love best, I’ll try not to shatter them for you 😉
I’m bringing this wonderful taste of the British summer along to Fiesta Friday this week, run by our ever wonderful Angie and co-hosted this week by Judi and Petra – please do come party with us, it’s an amazing community full of awesome people, you’ll always be welcomed with open arms!
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