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How to make scones

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Scones are the easiest and quickest and yummiest things to make. They're basically just flour, butter and milk. Here in New Zealand, the ability to whip up a batch of scones is considered an essential part of womanhood. If you even think about using a recipe the CWI (Country Women's Institute) shows up on your doorstep to collect your uterus. They Know Everything.

New Zealanders make scones for lunch, and they can be sweet or savoury. This is a recipe for savoury scones, but to make sweet ones, (such as one might enjoy with whipped cream, jam and the Queen is she is avaliable) add a couple of spoonfuls of sugar to the flour mixture.

 
 
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Step 1: Butter

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Cut about 30g of butter off the block - you don't have to be precise

Step 2: Chop it up

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like a knife though...well, you get the idea. The colder the butter the better the product. New Zealanders like to keep their butter in the cupboard. This yields rancid tasting butter, but it is the only weight loss technique available to New Zealanders so it is perhaps best not to sneer.

The old adage is true here - good bakers have cold hands and a warm heart.

Step 3: Flour!

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Chuck a couple of handfuls of self raising flour in the bowl. You can also use regular flour and just add some baking powder. Also, throw in a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of sugar. The sugar helps grund up the butter in the next step....
harkejuice2 years ago
Really loved your instructable!
Gavabc1236 years ago
i thought i was the only member of instructables in new zealand........
Same here!
STANMAR7255 years ago
How much is 30 grams of butter?
kinawera (author)  STANMAR7255 years ago
30 grams = two ears of a hogshead.

Or a slice about as thick as your middle finger, as shown above.
ian6 years ago
Just like biscuits. I use butter milk so I add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to compensate for the acidity. I use 50/50 butter and solid vegetable shortening. Cut the fats into the flour till crumbly, but you don't want it mixed, just 'cut together' - pieces of fat covered with flour, this provides the delightful layering/flakes. Add liquid, stir just till moistened (really, about 6 strokes of a fork) - any more develops the glutens and makes tough, flat biscuits. This is why grandma makes such good biscuits - her arthritic hands don't develop the glutens much. Turn out onto a pile of flour, toss flour on top (it is really sticky!), shape (fold 3-4 times if you dare), and cut. Bake at your oven's max temperature (I do 250C, but it gets nowhere near that hot) for 15-20 minutes.
uguy6 years ago
Ummm, me luvs them scones. Thanks for sharing. Excellent iBle!
ItsTheHobbs6 years ago
these look so good
Lftndbt6 years ago
"Here I have added a slice of cheese to make them Gourmet Scones" Te he! Fellow kiwi in Aus here.... You made me chuckle... I'm off to go make some scones!! Yum!
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