Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cream & Ginger Scones

Scones are preferred small breads for English High Tea and are made of flour,cold butter,sugar (optional) and has baking powder as leavening agent.There are sweet scones which also fall under cakes or even savoury scones with veggies and spices.These are simple scones made of cream & candied ginger which I adapted from here.

White Whole Wheat Flour: 1 cup and 2 tbsp
Cold Unsalted Butter: 4 tbsp
Sugar: 8tsp
Baking Powder: 1.5 tsp

Candied Ginger: 1/4 cup chopped
Orange Zest: 1-2 tbsp

Heavy Cream: 6 tbsp + 1-2 tbsp for brushing the tops

In a big bowl whisk together flour,sugar,baking powder.Add in zest and chopped candied ginger.Add cold butter pieces and mix well together so that the entire mix resembles coarse sand.

Make a well in the centre of this mix and pour in 6 tbsp of cream.Mix gently until combined and a dough takes shape.

Keep the dough on a lightly floured surface and very gently knead the dough into a ball.

Pat the ball into a 3/4 inch disc using hands or a rolling pin and then using a cookie cutter cut circles of the dough.

In my excitment,I patted the dough into a 1/4 inch disc.So my scones look thin.
Place the circles 1 inch apart on a greased or lined baking sheet.Brush the top with cream

Bake in a pre heated oven at 400 F for 12-16 minutes or until the top starts browning.

Serve with Tea or any time of your choice. Normally the scones are served with Devonshire clotted cream or even whipped cream or butter.

The original recipe used 1and 1/2 stick of butter which since I halved it came to 3/4 cup or 12 tbsp.But I reduced the butter to just 4 tbsp as I found it sufficient and also after reading the reviews of the original recipe.Feel free to use 12 tbsp if you want.Also since I was not sure how candied ginger will taste after baking,rather than going for 1/3 cup I went to 1/4 cup.The gingery taste was there but mildly only. Feel free to increase it if you want more gingery taste.Also the scones had very slight baking powder taste when fresh from the oven.This disappeared the next day.Since I used 2 tsp of baking powder I assume that could be the problem and have reduced the measure to 1.5 tsp.

The scones are obviously going to be a part of AWED:Britain by Simran.

They being made of white whole wheat flour are also on way to Madhuram's Whole Grain baking Event where the chosen grain is Whole Wheat.

The scones being small sweet quick breads and can also be preferred breakfast breads as well they are on way to BBD#22Sweet Breads,at Hefe und mehr by Stephanie


Mahimaa's kitchen said...

that's a very unique combo. looks so good!

Shri said...

Looks so nice!I have tried to buy candied ginger but could not locate anywhere..

Bombay Foodie said...

Hey! I had scones today as well :)

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Mmmmmmmmmm wow thats looking fantastic...

Yasmeen said...

Scrumptious tea time snack,looks delectable with cream and jam :P

Bergamot said...

looks good...i am sure the candied ginger will give it a nice flavour

Suparna said...


seems very delightful! great for tea time :) whole wheat and candied ginger seem a healthier baking :)

chef and her kitchen said...

Lovely scones..came out perfect..

Parita said...

ginger and orange sounds nice combination, never tried, nice one!

Unknown said...

Scones are still in my to do list Sweatha this is a fantastic recipe looks so yum yum.

Unknown said...

Scones look perfect with tea!

Soma said...

Scones are kinda a strange inbetween of cookies & breads for me & I love them!! esp. the sweet scones not with my tea, but my coffee:-).. ginger, orange zest.. flavors cannot get better than this. i am going to make this whenever my oven gets fixed.


Lo said...

Oooh. I'm a huge ginger fan, and I'll bet these are fabulous! The perfect accompaniment to a cup of Earl Grey!

Have you thought about a ginger/chocolate combo? That would just about take me over the edge!

anudivya said...

Never heard of cream and ginger together. unfortunately, every time I buy candied ginger and I just gobble them up raw... can't keep them in the pantry for more than a day! I am addicted to that stuff.

Sumi said...

Scones look very tempting.Have bookmarked it.Will definitly try this

dsdsds said...

Scones are totally new to me.. I think it should be great with tea just like cookies

Anonymous said...

Love the candied ginger in the scones, and they turned out beautiful. I'd love a cup of tea with a plate of those, pronto! :D Great job on the BBD #22!

egglesscooking said...

I have not tried baking scones so far and I have not used ginger too while baking. This recipe looks very simple. Thanks for sending it to the event Sweatha.

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