how to make: fig and ginger scones

Baking scones with my grandmother is one of my very first cooking memories. I can’t recall which kitchen we were in, but I do remember every detail of the experience, from learning how to rub the butter into the flour to watching them rise, as if by magic, in the oven. She said I had a gift, a knack. I glowed with pride and have been making them ever since.

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Scones, fresh from the oven, are the perfect gift to bring when visiting a friend or to make when someone’s coming over for afternoon tea. They smell delicious, show that you’ve made a special effort and are really easy to make.

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I love plain scones with jam and cream, but I’m also partial to adding dried fruit (as long as we’re not talking raisons and sultanas – yuck). Normally, I toss in a handful of dates, but today all I had in my cupboard were figs and crystallised ginger. Two delicious flavours that seem to work well together.

Now all I have to do is find someone to visit. Any takers?

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recipe: fig and ginger scones

Ingredients

270g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of salt
30g butter, room temperature
60g golden caster sugar
60g figs, chopped
30g crystallised ginger, chopped
140ml milk
1 egg

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Makes 10

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 230°C/450°F.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet or baking tray with butter.
  3. Into a bowl, sift flour and baking powder.
  4. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until it forms a bread crumb-like consistency.
  5. Add the sugar, ground ginger and chopped figs.
  6. Beat the egg and the milk together then pour into the mixed ingredients, leaving a little bit left over for glazing.
  7. Mix all the ingredients together then turn out onto a floured surface.
  8. Knead carefully then press the dough into a piece about 3cm thick.
  9. Cut into rounds using a cookie cutter (for the above, I used one that has a fluted edge and a diameter of 6cm).
  10. Place on the greased cookie sheet or baking tray.
  11. Glaze with the milk/egg mixture.
  12. Bake for 10 minutes.
  13. When done, place scones on a wire rack to cool (or eat them straight away with lashings of butter and a cup of builders tea).

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