January 11, 2008

Square Brown Microwaved Scones

These scones made in the microwave are something I have been making for a long time now. In fact, this recipe is among the first few I collected when I first bought my microwave. This came from a friend who herself had collected it from some old English magazine!

This has been in my drafts for a while and I was thinking of posting it sometime soon, when I saw Srivalli's Microwave event announcement that the theme for this month was Tiffin. This is not a Tiffin in the real meaning of the word but close enough as it can be had with butter or jam as part of breakfast or as an evening snack with coffee or tea.

2 cups whole wheat flour
¾ cup butter, cold
¼ cup brown sugar (white will also do)
¾ cup sultanas/ raisins
5 tbsp milk
4 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt (not needed if using salted butter)

Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt (if using). Rub the butter into this till the mixture resembles bread crumbs. I cut the butter into thin strips/ pieces with a knife and then rub it into the flour. This way, the butter doesn’t melt from the warmth of your hands. This is important.

Stir in the sultanas and sugar. Add the milk and mix into a soft dough. Do this with a fork, if possible. Do not knead the dough. The less the dough is handled the softer the scones. Place on a lightly floured surface and shape into a 1 inch (2 ½ cm) thick square. Cut into 9 squares and arrange in a circle on a paper towel placed on the microwave turntable.

Cook at 100% (full power) for 3 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Do not overcook. Leave in the microwave for 3 minutes and take out to cool a bit.Serve warm with butter, jam, cream or as you wish.
This is going across to Cooking 4 all Seasons be a part of MEC: Tiffin


shriya said...

I always used microwave for heating and never made quite a dish in microwave, this looks very simple and mouthwatering too.Great snack for an perfect wintery evening. I love the pic.

Mansi Desai said...

Aparna, this is a great recipe! I will surely try it out...scones are very time-consuming to bake....this looks good, but does it compromise on the texture? do they become very hard??

btw, I'm hosting a Game Night Event party, so pls take a momnet to check the details and send in your entry:) you can send old posts too..

Sagari said...

u made scones in microwave wonderful aparna nice recipe

Red Chillies said...

Dear Golly, I need some easy recipes in the microwave and there you are! thanks for this Aparna

DEEPA said...

wow!!! microwave and square brown scones awesome combho!!! excellent snack ....

jayasree said...

Baking scones in MW, great idea. Can i bake in a solo MW?

Aparna said...

Thanks for all your comments.
I have to confess that I have not made scones the regular way, so far!

These are quite soft. Make sure they are cooked exactly for 3 minutes as they tend to dry out then. They are best eaten soon after they are made. They can be warmed in the MW (@60% for about 20 seconds)for later. But since each batch makes only 9 scones, they are usually devoured at one sitting!!They are best eaten soon after they are made. They can be warmed in the MW (@60% for about 20 seconds) if you want to eat them later. But since each batch makes only 9 scones, they are usually devoured at one sitting!!

I am assuming that you mean a oven that functions only as a MW when you say solo. Then yes, these can be made in that. You need to check the output (wattage) of your MW and adjust the times slightly.
My MW output is 850W.

Ivy said...

Wow, I never knew that we can bake in the microwave. I only use it to warm up food, or defrost and occasionally to melt butter. I'm going to try this right away,

Ivy said...

You won't believe it. I'm back. I just baked the scones in the microwave and it worked. It tasted like digestive biscuits.

Aparna said...

I am happy that they turned out well and you enjoyed them.

jayasree said...

thnx aparna for the quick reply. shall try and let u know how it turns out

srivalli said...

Aparna...the scones look lovely...thanks for the nice entry!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for a lovely recipe, Aparna. I modified it a bit and used cooking oil instead of butter. I reduced the amount of sugar and I served the scones with apricot jam and sour cream. Delicious.
Elizabeth (in South Africa)

Anitha said...

Hello Aparna,

Last week I bought a microwave and was searching for a easy scone recipe. I stumbled upon your blog. I want to try it out. But tell me can I use ordinary tissue paper and place the scone on them for baking? is it safe. please tell me as i am a microwave newbie. thanks.

Aparna said...

Welcome to my blog, Anitha.
Yes, you can use ordinary tissue napkins.
Just make sure thy athe slightly thicker variety, or he tissue will absorb moisture andtick to the bottom of the scones and be difficul peel off!