Thursday 9 May 2013

Vanilla Bean Scones

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

This recipe is for Vanilla Bean Scones. Lately, I have been obsessed with fresh homemade scones (nothing beats them), and vanilla pods (the smell!) So, I decided to put the two together in these Vanilla Bean Scones, and the result was incredible! 
If you want to bake plain scones, then have a look at my recipe for Devon Scones. They are also, as always, simple and easy to bake.

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. Caster Sugar
2. Milk
3. An Egg
4. Vanilla Pod
5. Baking Powder
6. Butter
7. Self-Raising Flour
8. Brown Sugar

Bismillah, let's bake!

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7 or 220 degrees.

Sift 8 ounces self-raising flour into the bowl of a Kitchen Aid.

Sift in 2 teaspoons baking powder.

Add 2 ounces butter.

Mix using the paddle attachment until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. If you're not using a machine, then rub the mixture with your fingertips. 

Add 1 ounce caster sugar.

Add the seeds of a vanilla pod. Don't faint because of the amazing smell!
If you can't get hold of vanilla pods, use a few teaspoons vanilla flavouring instead.

Stir to combine.

Take 1/4 pint milk plus a little extra.

Add 1 egg to the milk.

Beat lightly to combine.

Add half of the milk to the mixture.

Mix in the machine, adding more milk until a sticky dough forms.

Place the dough onto a floured surface.

Lightly knead the dough until smooth, and then roll out to ..

1 cm thick!

Cut the pastry into rounds with a pastry cutter.

Place onto a greased and lined tray.

Brush with the remaining milk mixture.

Sprinkle with brown sugar.

Bake in the preheated oven at Gas Mark 7 for 10 minutes until the scones have risen and are golden brown.

Serve with butter, jam or cream ..

.. for a wonderful tea time!


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