DOWNTON ABBEY MIXED BERRY SCONES

Are there any Downton Abbey fans out there? Can you believe we're in the final season? ... Can you believe there is only one episode left? I am definitely an avid fan and it's true that I'm a little heart broken that the show is ending, but they have had a pretty great run, don't ya think? And I will definitely be re-watching the seasons all. the. time. 

I had grand ideas of having a Downton Abbey party, but parties really don't work out in our tiny house. Even though I knew I wasn't going to be doing a party I still wanted to do something fun, that's when I cracked open my Downton Abbey cookbook. Yep, I have a Downton Abbey cookbook, it may be the "unofficial" version, but it's still full of fun recipes... and complicated recipes, ha! 

These Downton Abbey scones are really fun and pretty easy, however, after making them twice I have determined that there is something not quite right with the recipe. I have a feeling the recipe may call for too much milk...or the recipe just doesn't have a proper baking time. Long story short, the recipe says to bake for 10 to 12 minutes, but I have to bake them for at least twice as long. Either way, they are fun to make, taste really good, and I love the idea of cooking something Downton Abbey inspired. 

DOWNTON ABBEY MIXED BERRY SCONES

{adapted from "The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook"}

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 blackberries
  • 1/3 cup quartered fresh strawberries 
  • 1/4 cups + 4 tbsp milk**
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • Sugar for sprinkling   

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Prepare baking sheet by slightly oiling or use a silpat mat
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 
  3. Using your hands, work the butter into the flour mixture until it has the consistency of bread crumbs. Add berries, and evenly distribute. 
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the milk and vanilla. 
  5. Dig a well in the center of the dry mixture and pour milk mixture into well. Combine ingredients until mixture appears wet. Do not over-knead. 
  6. Turn mixture onto lightly floured surface. Gently pat down dough to make a disc about 1 1/2 - 2 inches thick. Using a knife, cut disc into 6 small scones and lay them on baking sheet. 
  7. Sprinkle top of scones with sugar and bake scones for 18 - 20 minutes or until lightly browned. 

* Alright friends, as I mentioned above, the recipe in the book said to bake for 10 - 12 minutes, but in my case that time was way too short and I cooked them for twice as long. Also, the dough is very very sticky, I don't think it would hurt a bit to add a little less milk. When the scones actually bake they flatten as well, which I was thinking may be another indicator of too much milk. Just a little food for thought. :)

** UPDATE 3/7/16 : Hey guys, I made these again and I decided to use less milk. I made the changes in the recipe above. The recipe originally called for 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp milk, which I found to be far to much. I cut back to 1/4 cup of milk and then added a little bit of milk at a time, which turned out to be around 4 tbsp. 

Guys, it was so fun to try these mixed berry scones  and it was definitely a learning experience. As I continue to bake them I'll try different things and see how they may get better. I can't wait! Will you be catching the final episode of Downton Abbey? Are you planing anything fun? xoxo. Samantha