Scones…just the word conjures up this image of English tea in my mind, complete with little watercress cucumber sandwiches, dainty cakes, quaint fine bone china …been watching too many episodes of Downton Abbey! Can you tell? Ok, so back to scones, Lemon Buckwheat Scones in particular. This sort of cake/cookie is delightfully addictive. A little bit crusty on the outside, flaky and soft on the inside.
I like to make these “mini” sized. It makes them even more charming. I added a whole load of lemon zest to the batter which made my house smell like heaven! A few leftover mulberries were stuck on a few of the scones just before baking, as an afterthought. Next time though, I’ll add more fruit to the dough for a better texture and flavour. I think adding fresh strawberries, peaches, plums, cherries would make the scones lovelier. Note to self, make more fruity scones, lemon buckwheat scones, please.
Buckwheat flour (Kuttu ka atta) is fast becoming my favourite alternative flour to use for baking. It has a mild, nutty flavour and lends itself beautifully to the baked product. I’ve been able to successfully substitute all-purpose flour with buckwheat in quite a few of my baked goodies. So do try an alternative flour, you may just surprise yourself. Its a great source of high quality, easily digestible protein and the eight essential amino acids. Being gluten-free, it’s suitable for those with wheat allergies. A high content of B vitamin and magnesium in buckwheat promotes cardiovascular health. Being rich in dietary fibre, helps control blood sugar, aids in digestion and building lean muscle mass.
I used coconut oil (cold-pressed) in this recipe and the end result was as flaky and tender as it would have been had I used butter. After measuring it out, you do need to chill the oil to solidify it though. You can certainly use butter (chilled and cut into small cubes) instead if you wish.
They are best eaten warm, traditionally with clotted cream and preserves. We just slathered ours with my Mulberry Chia Seed Jam and were very very happy campers!
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