Candlebridge Vanilla Sugar Scones & Damson Preserve

in time honoured tradition on a Sunday, my darling mother would make scones with the sultanas & serve them with butter, whipped cream and a beautiful fruity damson preserve.

Method

1. Well, first of all, we melt a little extra butter in the microwave and buttergrease our baking tray and leave it aside while we prepare our scone mix.

2. In a large bowl, sieve the self raising flour, baking powder and salt and give it a little stir around.

3. Next, we add our vanilla sugar to the dry mix and give it a gentle stir through, blending it nicely.

4. Chop the butter into small pieces and begin to rub the butter into the dry flour mix until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

5. Now, we add the sultanas and mix them through. This is the time to preheat your oven to 180oC

6. Make a well in your dry ingredients and pour the milk & natural vanilla essence in and using a tablespoon mix the ingredients to form a dough, making sure that you have clean the sides of the bowl.

7. On a lightly floured board, place your dough on top and begin to knead it gently before rolling it out to a just over a centimetre in height.

8. You can use a scone cutter or simply mark out six pieces and shape them into rounds if you like and place them on your buttergreased baking tray.

9. Put a little extra milk in a cup and using a pastry brush, brush each little scone. Using a fork, mark each scone twice. Shake a little vanilla sugar on top. This will caramelise lovely in the oven for you.

10. Place your scones on the the middle shelf of your oven for 15 minutes until they are golden brown.

11. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes and while they are still warm, slice them in half and spread them liberally with butter and spoon on some whipped cream and on the other half of the scone, place a generous tablespoon of damson preserve (or your favourite preserve) and enjoy with a nice hot cup of tea!!

Ingredients

Dairy Ingredients

Cold Butter 2oz
Cold Milk 125mls

Dry Ingredients

Tiny Pinch Of Salt 1
Natural Vanilla Essence 1 Tablespoon
Vanilla Sugar 1 Tablespoon
Baking Powder 1 ½ Teaspoon
Self Raising Flour 8oz

Fruit Ingredients

Sultanas 2oz

Hints 'n' Tips

** Star Tips **

1. A little beaten egg makes a beautiful glaze for scones but milk with a little olive oil makes a lovely glaze too!

2. Make sure your milk and butter is cold for the recipe.

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