I have never had much luck with scones in the past, flat, heavy and possibly could be classed as a deadly weapon was the best I could manage. So , when I saw that this months Tea Time Treats was scone themed I moaned and groaned and pretty much decided to sit this one out.
Then I had a little recipe epiphany.
I have been wanting to try making cinnamon swirls/buns forever but my inherent laziness has always found the idea of kneading and proving a bit of a long term commitment for a quick and delicious weekend bake.
Why not make them as a scone? I had a moment of doubt, would they rise properly? Would they even stay in a swirl? There is only one way to find out!...
Ta-da... Worked a treat!
I followed a very basic BBC recipe for the scone mixture itself and turned to my trusty kitchen aid to do most of the work.
You simply rub the butter into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs.
(I used the paddle attachment on my kitchenaid and left it for 5 minutes.)
Then, stir in the sugar.
Slowly add the milk, to form a dough.
WARNING Do not over mix, if you do you will end up with pastry which will not work anywhere near as well... Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything... *shifty eyes*
Once the dough is just combined, roll it on a floured surface into a loose square shape about 2.5cm in thickness.
Combine the melted butter, sugar and spices to form a paste and spread it over the scone dough (as below)
Once it has a liberal coating of the cinnamon paste, roll it into a nice neat log shape, then chop it into the swirls! Simple as that!
Bake them at 180C for around 12-15 minutes, you want them to be puffed up and slightly golden with the cinnamon paste oozing nicely.
These went down really well in my house, so well in fact I made a second batch the next day. The second batch went a bit wrong though as I left the mixture in the mixer for too long and it turned into pastry. Made for quite a tough swirl.
I have entered this recipe into the March Tea Time Treats hosted this month by Karen at Lavender and Lovage.