Different Styles of Scones

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Different Styles of Scones
Savoury scones call for less sugar than recipes for basic plain scones. (Homemade scones image by Susanne Karlsson from Fotolia.com)

Scones are small baked treats that have a crisp top and are made with self-rising flour, butter, milk, sugar and sometimes eggs. There are many kinds of scones, including savoury, sweet and plain, and they can be eaten alone or with a wide variety of foods.

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Plain Scones

Plain scones are often served with tea. To make about 15 plain scones you will need 227gr. of self-raising flour, 1 ½ oz. of butter, 1 ½ tbsp of sugar and a pinch of salt. Preheat your oven to 218 degrees C and rub the butter into the flour. Add the salt and sugar and slowly mix in the milk to form a soft dough. Knead the dough and then roll it out until it's about 2cm thick. Use a 4-cm pastry cutter to cut the scones out, and then bake them for 12 to 15 minutes.

Sweet Scones

Sweet scones are eaten as snacks or as a dessert. To make them, a variety of sweet treats are added to plain scones recipes. You can add double cream to the plain scone recipe to make cream scones, which also go well with tea. You can add sweet treats such as cranberries, chocolate chips or raisins to make a wide variety of sweet scones.

Savoury Scones

Savoury scones are a great option for a main meal and can accompany a wide range of savoury dishes. These scones are made using the basic plain scone recipe, but with less or even no sugar. Savoury scones can also be made with wholemeal flour rather than white flour and may be less flaky in consistency than a sweet scone.

Complementary foods

Though scones, especially sweet ones, can be enjoyed by themselves, they are often eaten with complementary side dishes. Plain sweet scones are generally eaten with clotted cream and strawberry jam in the UK and the US. Sweet scones can also be complemented by other fruit spreads or honey. Savoury scones can go well with all kinds of meat, particularly chicken, and various cheeses.

Different Styles of Scones
Clotted cream and jam are flavourful complements to plain scones. (devon scones, clotted cream and jam image by green 308 from Fotolia.com)

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