Hot Cross Scones
These Hot Cross Scones are a speedy alternative to baking the real thing, yet they have all the familiar spice and flavours you want from a Hot Cross Bun.
Heady with spices and studded with sultanas, these scones simply need a generous spread of butter.
Pop the kettle on, make a cuppa and devour this home-baked Easter treat.
I’ve simply iced a cross on these scones, for the photos – they are Hot Cross Scones after all – but they don’t really need it to be honest. I just wanted to make them look more festive!
They were a bit of baking inspiration for me over the weekend, I really wanted to make some hot cross buns but I was limited with time so I whipped these up before Sunday dinner, making the most of the hot oven.
I had made a trial batch the day before, experimenting with spelt flour, but they didn’t rise very well.
I loved the flavours however, so I switched back to an all-white flour batch and they were perfect.
They do look a wee bit wholemeal-ly but that’s down to the spices and the light muscovado sugar I’ve sweetened them with.
I wanted a quick bake so I iced them after they had cooled. Totally up to you!
Hot Cross Scones
Makes around 12 scones.
- 450 g self-raising flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 slightly heaped tsp mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 100 g unsalted butter, cubed
- 75 g light muscovado sugar (or light brown sugar)
- 100 g sultanas
- 275 g milk (approx)
Preheat oven to 220ºC / 424ºF / gas 7.
Sift the self-raising flour, baking powder, salt and mixed spice into a large mixing bowl.
Add the cubed butter and rub to crumbs with your fingertips. Alternatively, pulse together in a food processor.
Stir in the light muscovado sugar and the sultanas.
Add most of the milk (you may not need all of it, you may need a spot more) and cut it into the mixture using a table knife, then switch to your hands to bring the dough together. As with all scones, try not to over work the dough.
Roll out on a lightly floured work surface to 2 cm thick.
Use a 6 cm fluted cutter to stamp out the scones. Don’t twist the cutter in the dough or you’ll end up with a lopsided scone.
Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for around 12 minutes in the preheated oven until risen and golden.
Cool on a wire rack.
Ice once cool if needed: mix icing sugar with a little splash of cold water or lemon juice to make icing thick enough to drizzle crosses over the scones.
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Are you tempted with these scones? How would you serve them?