Hot Cross Scones

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In the absence of a lot of baking ingredients I have made these Hot Cross Scones instead of Hot Cross Buns, just as tasty and made in a fraction of the time!

I used the dried fruit I had in the cupboard any dried fruit will taste amazing and I think the addition of a grated orange will be divine – but alas I had none!

This recipe will make 7 x 7cm scones

You Will Need:

  • 230g Plain Flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1tsp Cream of Tartar
  • ½ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 30g Caster Sugar
  • 60g Butter
  • 60g Raisins
  • 30g Dried Cherries
  • 7-8 tbsp Cold Milk

To Decorate:

  • 1 egg beaten for glazing (optional)
  • 2tbsp Plain Flour
  • Splash of Water
  • Sprinkling of Sugar

Method:

  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees grease baking sheet.
  • Sift the flour, cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda and the spices together.
  • Mix in the caster sugar and butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the dried fruit until well distributed.
  • Gradually add the milk until you have a soft ball of dough. If your dough is a little dry add another tablespoon of milk.
  • You do not want to over handle the dough or the will be hard and tough.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and gently press out (I use my finger tips and hands to press out the dough rather than squash it with a rolling pin) until about 2.5cm or 1inch thick. Cut out to your desired size with your cookie cutter.
  • Place your scone on the baking sheet, reform the dough scraps and repeat until all the dough has been used.

Decorate:

  • Brush over with the beaten egg. (this will glaze and act as a ‘glue’ for the cross)
  • Mix the flour and water together until you have a soft dough, roll this between your hands until you have a long sausage shape, cut into the lengths to lay across each scone to create a cross.
  • Glaze this with more egg and a sprinkle of sugar.
  • Bake for about 10mins or golden brown.
  • These are best on the day of cooking but will keep for 2-3 days in an air tight container.

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