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Quark Scones

 

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There is nothing better than a warm scone with homemade strawberry jam topped with a big blob of clotted cream.
These scones are made with quark which is available in most supermarkets, and which gives the scone a lovely light texture and a rich flavour. Quark is a soft, fresh cheese that has a similar texture to sour cream, and a mild tangy taste. It is high in protein, virtually fat-free and low in both salt and sugar.

Ingredients

  • 350g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 75g butter
  • 250g Quark
  • 100-120ml buttermilk

Variations

Sweet

  • 75g caster sugar
  • 100g raisins, dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots

Savoury

  • 100g Mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • Pinch of black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200oC/Fan 180oC/Gas Mark 6.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder together
  3. Add the butter and rub into the flour to make fine breadcrumbs or put them into a food processor and whizz to make fine crumbs.
  4. At this point depending whether sweet or savoury add the sugar and fruit or cheese and pepper into the mix.
  5. In a separate bowl, add 100ml buttermilk to the quark and stir well to mix.
  6. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the quark and mix to a soft dough, adding the remaining buttermilk if needed.
  7. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and until gently press the dough flat to about 4cm thick.
  8. Use a 5.5cm plain round cutter to press out 12-14 scones, re-rolling the dough as necessary.
  9. Transfer the scones to a baking tray and brush the top of the scones with egg,
  10. Bake them for 15-20 mins until risen and golden brown on top.