Kitchen science activity: Use fizz to make easy scones
Easy baking activities are a fun way to get your kids in the kitchen. This is the simplest scone recipe around. Watch 10 year old Alex make his own scones in the video (with some help from Mum).
What you need:
- 3 cups (450g) self-raising flour
- 1 cup (250ml) lemonade
- 1 cup (235g) cream
- pinch of salt
- baking tray
- baking paper
- scone cutter/cookie cutter
Number of players:
Good scones rely on heat and speed. So preheat your oven to about 240°C (220°C fan-forced).
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until they come together loosely.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and kneed it with the palms of your hands until it's soft and smooth.
Pat it into a 2.5cm flat shape.
Cut out as many scones as you can with your cookie cutter.
Arrange them on the tray so that they are just touching.
Brush the tops with milk.
Cook them in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
Take them out when they're nicely browned on top. For good measure, you can turn the oven off and leave them in for about 5 minutes so the centre cooks properly.
Serve with jam and cream. Yum!
- Bicarb soda is what makes the bubbles in the lemonade and also makes cakes rise. The fizz in the lemonade gives the mixture an extra dose of bicarb soda which makes the scones fluffy and light.
- The cream works as a fool-proof butter substitute. Traditionally the butter in scone mixtures has to be rubbed in carefully with your fingertips to get it to bind to the flour.