The other day I had this urge to do some baking – maybe GBBO had something to do with it – so I dragged the boyfriend over to Lakeland for some inspiration. That shop gets me so excited every time I walk in. There’s always something new I want to try, like some cute sprinkles or a spiraliser… this time though, it was the doughnut making kit that caught my eye. After a bit of hesitation (okay, I didn’t hesitate very long) and some brainstorming, I decided that I needed some doughnut baking in my life. After this purchase, we headed over to the supermarket to get some ingredients, and Chris decided that I should make scones as well… and that’s when we came up with the genius idea of making SCONUTS!
Making scones in a doughnut shape actually makes them cook really evenly throughout – no dry bits! They’re as delicious as the scones you’ll find at London’s fanciest afternoon teas, but the ingredients cost close to nothing. The boyfriend was in heaven when these came out of the oven (ooh it rhymes).
I’ll admit I mostly just used Delia’s scone recipe, but here’s what you need:
- 40g soft unsalted butter
- 225g self-raising flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of caster sugar
- a pinch of salt
- 110ml milk
I promise these are surprisingly easy and quick to make, and it’s so fun to knead your own dough! Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Pre-heat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7
- In a big bowl, rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips, then add in the sugar and the salt.
- Use a knife to mix in the milk little by little, then flour your hands and knead the mixture to a soft dough.
- Place your dough on a floured surface and use a floured rolling pin to lightly roll it out to a thickness of about 3cm. Don’t make the dough too thin!
- Cut out thick strips of dough and fill your doughnut rings with them.
- Bake near the top of the oven for 12–15 minutes until they look a bit golden.
Serve with some delicious strawberry jam and a good brew…
Have you tried baking anything unusual recently?
I’d love to hear about your baking adventures in the comments!