Hello, fellow foodies 🙂
I come bearing a quick (under 30 minutes) and easy recipe that will leave your taste buds mesmerized. You will probably be wondering why you did not know of this sooner. But, better late than never, aye?
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 10 minutes
Ingredients: (All ingredients must be at room temperature)
2 cups of mandazi* mix flour
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
1- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten (some will be for the top coat of the scones)
*NB: The mandazi mix is flour that has vegetable fat, baking powder, sugar and salt added to it.
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. Prepare a baking sheet by greasing it lightly with some oil or melted butter.
3. In a bowl, combine the mandazi mix flour and cinnamon and mix well.
4. By using the rubbing-in method, rub in the butter in the flour mixture until crumbly.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the 2 eggs with milk, and beat well.
6. Slowly add the egg and milk mixture into the bowl with the flour, as you knead and start to form a dough.
7. Keep adding the egg and milk until the dough is soft and well formed. Remember to keep some egg and milk mixutre for the top coat.
8. Knead well, but don’t overdo it as this will make the dough hard. It should not be too sticky.
9. On a clean surface, cut a sizeable piece of dough, and roll in between your palms to form a ball.
10. With a rolling pin, roll it into a round shape until it is about 1 inch in thickness.
11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 for all the pieces.
12. Place the rolled out dough pieces on to the greased baking sheet.
13. Brush the top part of each dough piece lighlty with the remaining egg and milk mixture. This will give that nice, shiny golden brown finish.
14. Place in oven, and bake for about 10 minutes, or until they start to turn golden brown.
15. Once they are done, turn off the oven. I like to leave them in the oven for another 5 minutes, before removing them.
16. Remove them and place them on a wire rack to cool.
17. All done! Enjoy the crunch. This is a great go-to snack which you can serve with tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite beverage. Awesome for your home guests too 🙂
Bon appetit! 🙂
– Although the mandazi mix already has vegetable fat, I like to add some butter as to make the tea scones much softer. The more butter you add, the softer the scones will become.
– For the top coat, you can choose to use either milk or egg, and not necessarily both. Choice is yours.
-If you do not have mandazi mix, you can opt for self-raising flour, which you would have to add more butter (roughly 2 to 3 extra tablespoons); sugar or honey (1/2 cup or 1/4 cup respectively); and a pinch of salt.
-You can roll and cut the dough into any kind of shape or design you like e.g. triangle or square shapes, etc.