Aug 2, 2009

The Scone Zone: Odlums Quick Mix

I'm a cheat; If there's a faster, easier, less-sweaty way to do something, I'll do it. Hence the sexy packaging for this scone mix appealed to me: "Ready to bake in five minutes," "Just add milk," and "Quick!" (underlined for emphasis!)
Now, I'm somewhat fussy when it comes to scones so I'm usually inclined to make them from scratch than to fake them with a mix. Still, "five minutes... milk... QUICK!"–how could I resist?

Preheat the oven to 400F. Measure out the milk into a bowl and then toss in the mix. Mix with a spoon until they form a ball of dough.

Empty the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to quickly pat it into a flat (about 1-inch high dough). Use cookie cutters or the top of a glass to cut out scones.

Place on a floured baking tray leaving a space between each and pop in the oven for 15–20 mins. Put the kettle on and make a pot of tea.

4. Enjoy straight from the oven!

The verdict: Okay, so they don't lie when they say five minutes; they really are that quick and easy. They taste like brown soda bread though, not scones. I like soda bread so this wasn't a problem for me. They're also a little dry (especially when they cool), so I'd highly recommend lubing them up when warm with butter and jam. I'll probably add raisins next time to make them a little tastier.

You can find Odlums Quick Scones here.

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