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Cardamom Scones    Veg  HT  CD  CBF  35mins



Makes Approx 12    Hot  Cold  Vegetarian  Nuts Pastries  Teatime  Baked Fayre



120ml/4fl.oz. Milk

1 large Egg

3 tbsp light Brown Sugar

1 teasp Vanilla Extract

225g/8oz Self Raising flour

1/2 teasp Salt

2 teasp Ground Cardamom

1/4 teasp Ground Cinnamon

1/4 teasp freshly grated Nutmeg

2 teasp freshly grated Lemon Zest

6 tbsp Unsalted Butter, cut into bits

25g/1oz  Pine Nuts, lightly toasted

Milk for glazing

Granulated sugar for sprinkling




1. Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark 6.  In a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, the egg, the brown sugar, and the vanilla until the mixture is combined well.  Set aside.


2. In another bowl mix together the flour, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon zest.


3. Rub the butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.


4 . Stir in the milk mixture and three quarters of the pine nuts into the flour mixture, mixing with a knife then as it starts coming together, gather it up with your hand to form a dough.


5. Transfer to a lightly flour surface and knead gently for 30 seconds only.


6. Form  it into a round about 2.5cm/1-inch thick then cut into rounds with a 3cm/2-1/2-inch fluted cutter.


7. Transfer the scones to an ungreased baking sheet  and press the remaining pine nuts lightly into the tops of each scone. Brush the scones with a little milk, sprinkle them with a little granulated sugar and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden and risen. Cool on wire racks or serve warm.



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Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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Wire Rack


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