the Balmoral Hotel and with the the Bakelady running a scone challenge, I decided to make some Honey Scones using a lovely pot of Heather honey I picked up in Edinburgh. Most supermarkets should have some form of heather honey or other different types such as blossom, acacia etc... and I emplore you to buy a decent pot for this recipe just for the superior flavour, or instead of using a supermarket, find and support your local supplier. For those of you living in Sheffield the Sheffield Honey Company is the local producer but I'm sure there is one near where you live.
This recipe is really simple and can be quickly made in about 30 minutes.
Heather Honey Scones (makes 8)
225g Self Raising Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
7 Tbsp Milk
1 Tbsp Honey (warmed slightly)
Rub the Flour and salt together with the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the milk and the honey to the mix and bring together, using a knife, until a soft but not sticky dough is formed.
Knead together quickly to make a smooth dough.
At this point either roll out with a rolling pin, (to about 1cm thick) and use a cutter or do what I do and rip bits of the dough and mould into a scone shape using your hands, I like the scruffy and non uniform look it gives to the scone.
Place on a greased baking tray and brush with milk.
Place in a preheated oven at 230C for 10 minutes.
Serve with jam and clotted cream, if anybody uses squirty cream I will hunt you down and confiscate the remainder of your scones.