Give these a go (Picture: Bottlegreen)
Wimbledon is back for another year.
If you’re heading to the courts or simply watching at home this year, there are plenty of ways you can get in the tennis spirit.
Of course, strawberries and cream are the go-to Wimbledon snack.
However, if you fancy something a little different – but still quintessentially British – we have just the thing.
Lemon and elderflower scones could be just the treat you need as a sweet summer pick-me-up.
The below recipe, courtesy of Bottlegreen, is perfect for a hot summer’s day or even a rainy one in front of the TV.
This delicious recipe features a lemon and elderflower curd and flavoured cream.
Lemon and elderflower scones recipe:
The perfect summertime sweet treat (Picture: Bottlegreen)
For the scones:
- 200g self-raising flour (switch for gluten-free self-raising flour plus ½ tsp xanthan gum)
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder (ensure gluten-free if making gf)
- ½ tsp salt
- 35g butter
- 1 large egg
- 4 tbsp elderflower cordial (such as Bottlegreen)
- 2 tbsp milk
- Zest of 1 lemon (from curd)
- 1 additional egg yolk (for egg wash)
For the elderflower and lemon curd:
- 4 tbsp lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
- 2 tbsp elderflower cordial (such as Bottlegreen)
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 80g caster sugar
- 4 large egg yolks
- 70g unsalted butter, cubed
For the elderflower cream:
- 100ml double cream
- 10g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp elderflower cordial (such as Bottlegreen)
1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC fan.
2. For the scones, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Rub the butter in using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
3. Whisk the cordial and milk with the egg. Add this to the dry ingredients along with the lemon zest and cut through with a table knife. Once it begins to clump together, get your hands in and gently work it together into a soft ball of dough.
4. Generously flour your worksurface and turn the dough out onto it. Use a rolling pin or your palms to flatten the dough out to the height of 3 – 3.5cm. Use a 6cm round cutter to cut out the scones. Transfer them to a baking paper lined baking tray.
5. Brush the tops of the scones with the additional egg yolk. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until well risen and golden.
6. To make the elderflower and lemon curd, heat the juice, cordial and zest in a non-stick pan to a simmer.
7. Whisk the sugar with the egg yolks. Slowly pour in the hot juice while whisking.
8. Return this mixture to the pan and constantly stir over low heat until thickened, up to 5-10 minutes, making sure it doesn’t boil. You can also check the temperature to see if it is ready; it should register 75ºC – 82ºC.
9. Take the curd off the heat, allow to cool for a couple of minutes, then whisk in the butter a couple of cubes at a time while still warm. Cover and chill in the fridge.
10. To make the elderflower cream, whisk together the double cream, icing sugar and cordial until soft peaks.
11. Then assemble by splitting the scones and fill with a generous serving of the cooled curd and elderflower cordial cream.
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