Devon Scones = A Disaster

Well, let me just start by stipulating that I have not made a dough in about 6 years. I primarily bake cupcakes and that’s pretty much it. But, I was rather hopeful with this Mary Berry recipe, because really, how could I go wrong?

It should have been simple with 5 ingredients: self rising flour, sugar, butter, milk, and an egg. However, I quickly learned how wrong I was when it took me not one, not two, but four times to even come close to getting it right…

Devon Scone Ingredients

The first time around…

I started by adding all of the ingredients as Mary Berry had suggested, popped them into the oven and watched them… turn into hardtack… (in case you’re not sure what that is… here is a handy link). I realized I had stupidly forgotten to put in the sugar, which I assumed was why they hadn’t risen. They tasted like a scone, except harder and literally had the texture of hardtack. So, I tried again.


The second time…

I have to admit I was exceedingly optimistic as I started this round, because I really had assumed it was due to the fact that I had not added sugar. So I followed the steps again, making sure to add sugar, and put them into the oven. I waited… and they never rose. They became a sweet hardtack…

Third time’s the charm…?

In my frustration I asked my mother why she thought it hadn’t risen, and we determined that it was because we had ALL PURPOSE FLOUR instead of SELF-RISING FLOUR…. I felt so incredibly stupid.

Well, we didn’t have any self-rising, but we did have yeast, so I rushed ahead and mixed everything together before I searched for how long to proof the dough… Boy was I surprised when I read that in my haste, I had missed the step where you should mix the yeast in with the milk and let it sit. But, I persisted and left the dough to proof anyway and it never even rose at all…

A sort-of success…

After I had sulked for a few minutes, I looked online again for what was in a self-rising flour. It’s actually quite simple: flour, baking powder, and salt.

I created the self-rising powder, only detained when I realized we only had coarse sea salt, instead of table salt. I used it anyway, (which changed the taste a bit since you found sprinkles of salt in each bite), and when I popped it into the oven, IT ROSE!!! I don’t think I’ve ever been so relieved or excited in my life… and it was over scones…

Final thoughts…

Once I got the dough to rise with the baking powder, I felt much better. As you can tell from the pictures, they’re not exactly like Mary Berry’s scones, but they tasted like scones, so I think I’ll take that as a win for now.

In the future, I’d like to attempt this again and maybe add some whipped cream along with some homemade jam (which I’ve never made before).

Overall I had a lot of fun, but the kitchen is a mess so it’s time to clean 🙂

Enjoy your day everyone! And if anyone has any suggestions or recipes for me to try next, feel free to comment!

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