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Vanilla Bean Scones

Vanilla Bean Scones

Ingredients

  • 21/2 cups (375g) self-raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar
  • 30g (1 ounce) butter, chopped
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/4 cups (310ml) thickened (heavy) cream
  • 2 tablespoons icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (240g) strawberry jam
  • 250g (8 ounces) strawberries, sliced thinly

Preparation method

1 Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F. Grease 22cm (9-inch) square cake pan.

2 Sift flour and caster sugar into large bowl; rub in butter.

3 Combine milk and the water in a medium jug. Split vanilla bean open and scrape seeds into milk mixture; discard bean. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; use a knife to cut the milk mixture through the flour mixture to make a soft, sticky dough. Turn dough onto floured surface, knead gently until smooth.

4 Press dough out to 20cm (8-inch) square, cut into 16 squares using floured knife. Place squares, just touching, in pan. Brush scones with a little extra milk.

5 Bake scones about 20 minutes.

6 Meanwhile, beat cream and half the sifted icing sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form.

7 Sandwich warm scones with jam, strawberries and cream; serve dusted with remaining sifted icing sugar.

Tips: Scones are best made on the day of serving. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in oven, wrapped in foil.
It is fine to use just one 300ml carton of cream for this recipe.

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