Month: August 2015

How to make great scones the traditional Devon way

Devon scone recipeExpert scone chef Richard Hunt of the Devon Scone company has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and has even shared his scone recipes with Kirstie Allsopp for her Channel 4 TV programme. He regularly holds talks at food festivals explaining how to make great scones the Devon way and this is what he had to say.

How to get a good scone texture

Richard’s makes scones that are a cross between traditional Devon splits and the standard scone. This means his scones don’t crumble apart, instead you can actually rip Richards’s Devon scones into two parts by hand and that how traditional Devon scones should be. In order to achieve a good scone structure Richard doesn’t use eggs, instead his main ingredients are butter, milk, a strong flour and natural yogurt.

How to make scones rise nicely

The acid in the natural yogurt actually helps the baking powder to work, which results in a great rise. The rise achieved by Richard actually makes it possible to cut his scones into three pieces, which is a great method to increase for cream and jam intake! It’s also important to keep the pastry thick when its rolled it out, around an inch and a half in thickness is ideal.

How to achieve a nice colour on your scones

Richard sprays his scones with non-egg glaze made using vegetable oil and natural food colourings in order to give his scones a nice colour but glazing scones with a beaten egg works well for home-baking.

How to make fruit scones

Fruit scones are made in the same way that plain scones are but the important thing to do when baking fruit scones is to use high quality sultanas. This is because cheap sultanas will go dry when the scones are cooked and then break during eating.

A simple scone recipe for 20 large scones

Richard hasn’t revealed his exact recipe but here’s a simple version of it. This recipe doesn’t use natural yogurt but does use strong flour and avoids using eggs in the mixture in order to achieve a good texture that does crumble easily.

Ingredients (makes):

1kg Strong Plain flour

75gm Baking powder

125gm Unsalted butter

125gm Milk powder

125gm Caster sugar

750ml buttermilk

Egg to glaze

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7, 190◦c or 175◦c for a fan-assisted oven

Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a breadcrumb like texture

Gently add the buttermilk and work the mixture into a soft dough without overworking it or the dough will become tough

Gently roll out the dough to about 1 and a half inches thick, then cut with a circular shape cutter

Glaze the scones with a beaten egg and bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and golden brown

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How many calories in a Cream Tea?

Cream tea calories and fat

 

It won’t come as a great surprise to many people that cream teas aren’t exactly the ideal food for those on a diet but everyone deserves a treat and cream teas are definitely worth it!

For those that want to know the damage we’ve listed the nutritional information for a cream tea below. Obviously the amount of calories, fat and sugar in a cream tea can vary massively depending on how big the scones are, how much jam is applyed and how big the mountain of clotted cream is.

How many calories in a one scone cream tea?

In a large cream tea, consisting of a large plain scone and a generous portion of strawberry jam and clotted cream you can expect the total number of calories to be around 670kcal. This is broken down into approximately 37 grams fat, 78 grams carbohydrates and 9 grams protein.

For a smaller cream tea with a more conservative serving of jam and cream and a medium scone the calorie count can be reduced to around 400kcal, with approximately 22 grams fat, 45 grams carbohydrates and 5 grams protein.

How many calories in one scone?

In a large scone you’re looking at around 360 calories with 12 grams fat, 56 grams carbohydrates and 8 grams protein, whereas if the scone is a smallish medium scone it should contain about 300 calories with 7 grams fat, 21 grams carbohydrates and 4 grams protein.

How many calories in clotted cream?

Clotted cream has 572 calories in it per 100g, which is 62 grams of fat. We reckon a very generous portion of clotted cream is about 40 grams which makes the total calories 230kcal. A conservative serving of clotted cream would be more like 25 grams which would make the calorie count 143kcal.

Cream tea nutritional information

A medium scone cream tea with a small serving of jam and clotted cream:

Calories Fat Carbs Protein
Cream Tea 399 22 45 5
Scone 200 7 31 4
Jam 56 0 14 0
Cream 143 16 1 0

A large scone cream tea with a large serving of jam and clotted cream:

Calories Fat Carbs Protein
Cream Tea 672 37 78 9
Scone 360 12 56 8
Jam 83 0 21 0
Cream 229 25 1 1