ICED, SPICED SCONES
This recipe is inspired by Gail’s Bakery and the love I have for their scones. It doesn’t need any butter or cream and jam accompaniment, just a big mug of tea in front of Miracle on 34th Street. MAKES about 8 250g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg pinch of salt 40g unsalted butter, softened 30g golden caster sugar 1 large egg, lightly beaten 125ml milk, plus extra for brushing FOR THE GLAZE 3-4 tbsp milk 150g icing sugar, sifted YOU WILL NEED a 5cm round pastry cutter
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas 6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
Combine the flour, baking powder, spices and salt in a bowl, add the butter and, using your fingertips, work the butter into the flour until the mixture has a crumbly texture. Stir in the sugar.
Tip the lightly beaten egg into the flour mixture, then add the milk, little by little, until you have a soft, sticky dough (you might not need all the milk).
Dust the work surface with flour, tip the dough out on to the surface and, using your hands, pat it into a flat disc. Gently roll it a few times to flatten it to a thickness of 2cm-3cm.
Using a 5cm cutter, cut out a circle and place it on the lined baking tray. Repeat, and when you need to bring your dough back together, knead it lightly, before patting into a disc to cut more circles (you should get a total of 8 circles).
Brush the tops with milk and pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops of the scones are golden.
While the scones bake, prepare the glaze by stirring the milk into the icing sugar a little at a time until you have a smooth, pourable mixture. Set aside.
Remove the scones from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Pour the glaze over the tops and allow to set, or devour while still runny.