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    These classic scones impressed the Queen Mum

    AP – Paul Hollywood uses bread flour in his scones, which might seem surprising, but it’s a popular choice in professional kitchens because the high protein content gives the scones a boost. This recipe is tried and tested over many years and he said he’s never had any complaints.

    The Queen Mother said they were the best scones she’d ever tasted, he said. Just a couple of things to bear in mind: Don’t overwork the dough – you want it nice and light. And don’t twist the cutter when you lift it off or they won’t rise properly in the oven.
    Here’s the recipe from his new cookbook, Bake:

    Classic scones from ‘BAKE: My Best Ever Recipes for the Classics’ by Paul Hollywood. PHOTO: AP

    CLASSIC SCONES
    Ingredients
    – 500 grammes bread flour, plus extra to dust
    – 25 grammes baking powder
    – 80 grammes unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    – Two large eggs
    – 250 grammes whole milk
    – 80 grammes superfine sugar

    To glaze
    – One large egg, beaten with a pinch of salt

    To serve
    – Confectioners’ sugar, to dust
    – Preserves and Devonshire clotted cream or whipped cream

    Directions
    Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

    In a large bowl, mix the flour and baking powder together. Add the butter and rub together with your fingers for a few minutes until you have a breadcrumb-like texture.

    In another bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and sugar. Add to the rubbed-in mixture and stir together until the dough comes together and forms a ball.

    Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over a few times to incorporate air, but do not knead it; you want to achieve a loose, soft dough. Using a rolling pin, gently roll out to three-centimetre thickness, making sure there is plenty of flour underneath to prevent sticking.

    Using a biscuit cutter, about six-and-a-half-centimetre in diameter, and pressing firmly (without twisting the cutter), cut out rounds and put on the lined baking sheets, leaving space in between. Brush the tops of the scones with beaten egg then put in the fridge for 20 minutes to rest. Meanwhile, heat your oven to 425 degrees F.

    Take the scones out of the fridge and brush them again with the egg glaze. Bake for 15 minutes until risen and golden brown.

    Transfer the scones to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Dust lightly with confectioners’ sugar and serve with a generous helping of preserves and Devonshire clotted cream or whipped cream.

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