We’re marking National Cream Tea Day and the release of the Comfort Cookbook, a beautiful, downloadable recipe book raising funds for Hospitality Action, with this classic recipe from Rodda's.
Scones are perhaps the ultimate comfort food to bake and eat, as well as quintessentially Cornish − something to give those of you missing the rugged cliffs, golden sands and salty seas of our county a holiday-evoking taste of it. The tactile, floury-hands, slightly sticky process of making is ideal for getting children involved, and the jam and cream ladened result (jam first of course) is the perfect treat for a physically distanced garden meet-up.
This tried and tested version is just one gem from the Comfort Cookbook, which is brimming with contributions from some of the most talented chefs in the South West. This bake comes courtesy of Cornish creamery Rodda’s.
They taste best straight out the oven on the day they are made – a great excuse to have just one more. After all, National Cream Tea Day comes but once a year…
Method – Makes 12
Sieve flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a bowl.
Using just your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until it is no longer visible.
Add the milk and mix well. Once it starts to come together, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until it forms a smooth, soft dough.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 2.5cm thick and cut into rounds with a 5cm cutter. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
For the egg wash, beat the egg in a small bowl, and brush the tops of the scones twice.
Bake in the oven for approximately 15 mins. Do not over-bake them or they will be dry.
Serve them warm with clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam.
500g plain flour
15g baking powder
Pinch of salt
100g caster sugar
100g diced butter
As the Comfort Cookbook’s authors say, in times of uncertainty, we can rely on our kitchens as a source of comfort. Writers Lucy Studley and Gabriella Dyson and photographer Ali Green are spreading joy by giving us a taste of the world-class food and drink destinations in the South West that we’re missing during lockdown, whilst raising money for Hospitality Action’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal. This fund is providing much needed grants to hospitality workers facing financial difficulties. Download the Comfort Cookbook and donate what you can as part of this brilliant initiative, which is full of generously donated contributions from some of Cornwall and Devon’s most talented chefs.