Scones with strawberry compôte and clotted cream

A quick strawberry jam turns these scones into a rather delicious afternoon tea.

Ingredients

For the scones
  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 25g/1oz caster sugar
  • 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 150ml/5fl oz whole milk
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten for glazing
For the strawberry compôte
  • 250g/9oz strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar
  • 60ml/2fl oz water
To serve
  • 75g/2½oz butter, softened
  • 150g/5½oz clotted cream

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7 and lightly grease a baking tray.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Stir in the sugar and add the butter. Using your fingertips, quickly rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the milk, a little at a time, working to form a smooth dough.
  4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface until 2cm/¾in thick. Using a 5cm/2in pastry cutter, cut the dough, using one sharp tap and not twisting the dough as you cut. Twisting the scone mix will result in an uneven rising.
  5. Once cut, the scones can be either brushed with the beaten egg for a shiny glaze, or dusted with flour for a matt finish.
  6. Place the scones on the baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden-brown.
  7. For the strawberry compôte, place the strawberries, sugar and 60ml/2fl oz water in a small saucepan and simmer for five minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool and thicken.
  8. To serve, leave the scones to cool, then split in half and add butter, jam and clotted cream to serve.

Top recipe tip

If you have a food processor or freestanding mixer, using butter and flour which has been chilled in the fridge will result in ‘shorter’ scones.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

10 to 30 mins cooking time

Makes 8 scones

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