Saturday, October 31, 2009

Raspberry Cream Cheese Scones

It was hard to snap myself out of my macaron baking frenzy. But then I realised, there has not been anywhere near enough scones around here lately! So why not another scone recipe, before everyone forgets that I'm the scone-mad girl who eats them for dinner. Not that I ate these for dinner, but they were really good and it was a tempting thought! There's something so relaxing and comforting when I go back to baking scones, no matter how bad my day/night/week/month has been everything feels better when I'm covered in flour and the smell of them baking in the oven permeates through the house.

The raspberries in these gives them a wonderful pink tinge of colour, I seem to be baking a lot of pink things lately. The cream cheese makes them extremely moist and rich (and is a useful way of using up leftover cream cheese if you just made a coffee crunch cake) and were just perfect with some of the homemade lemon marmalade I had in my fridge (thanks Tomred!). These were not too sweet but had a lovely crunchy sugar top, with a hint of tartness from the berries, more like richer, eggy, cake-like scones than the fluffy cream scones I've been making recently. To be honest I still can't decide which I prefer!

Raspberry Cream Cheese Scones
(yield: approx. 8 scones)
2 1/4 cup plain flour
75g butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
90g cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) raspberries
Optional: Granulated sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Carefully stir cream cheese, milk and egg in a medium bowl until combined. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl and then rub cold butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Form a well in the centre of the crumbs and add the wet mixture plus the raspberries to the bowl. Carefully and quickly mix together, avoid crushing the raspberries too much.

Gather dough together with well floured hands and pat into a 1 inch thick circle on a well floured surface. Cut dough using a 5cm scone cutter (any round, thin rimmed, floured water glass will work as a substitute), and place on a line baking tray.

Carefully pat together any of the scraps to recut, but do not overwork the dough or the scones will be tough. Sprinkle tops of scones with sugar and then bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Serve on their own, or with fresh cream and/or jam.

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  1. They look great Steph and nice cake stand too! Yes back to scones after all of that macaron madness! :)

  2. Aww Steph these look so sophisticated and awesome!!! And I love your serving platter!

  3. They are so beautiful and pretty scones ! Interesting about creamcheese in the ingredients too. Thanks for sharing, I definitely try making them :D

  4. Love the sugared tops on these, they look really good! I have lots of tasty jam in my kitchen, but a severe lack of scones or the energy to make them. Toast just isn't going to cut it after looking at these.

  5. I have never made scones... I think it's about time. Lovely flavours!!

  6. Yum! I knew it was only a matter of time before you baked more scones :) I really love the idea of adding cream cheese to them. I'll have to give it a try soon.

  7. They look great Steph! I think it is wonderful that you used raspberries - was a great idea!

  8. OMG! I love your stand! So pretty... I think you might have just inspired me to make my own scones... these sound delicious!

  9. Lorraine - Heehee thanks! It's actually a condiments tray but it was too cute not to use!

    Trisha - :) Thank you!! Hehe see my comment above about the tray

    Bean Sprout's Cafe - ooh let me know how they go if you do! you can also stir in extra cubes of cream cheese with the raspberries if you want them to be extra cream cheesy :)

    Conor - They were the best! Oooh you can always buy the woolworths ones, they are surprisingly decent!

    Ellie - Ohh you have to try making them sometime! You would make beautiful scones I'm sure.

    Lisa - hehe I know I'm such an addict right? Yay try them!

    Trissa - Thank you! I had a bag of frozen ones lying around so it was an easy decision :D

    chocolatesuze - hee hee thanks! me too!

    Betty - yay! I can't wait to see how yours turn out!


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