Have you ever experienced the sheer pleasure of a real scones experience?
Imagine. After a walk through Carnaby street and some intense crate digging, you comfortably sit in a café in Soho or Piccadilly. You order some scones, and delicately grab these golden baked goods, carefully splitting them open with a delicate twist from your fingers. The unique, crumbly yet fluffy texture is mouth-watering. Then, you spread a fair amount of jam before topping it with a fine spoon of clotted cream. Not the other way around, you savage.
That’s definitely the kind of treat that would make us run to book a flight to London. Or at least, before the… incident. You know what we’re talking about : the far gone age where we could all walk outside with no masks on. And pile up with hundreds of people in a tiny room to enjoy some live music. Crazy times…
But for now, let’s focus on the comfort of our home during quarantine. As we’re
binge-watching Netflix reading dozens of books, learning how to play the harp and studying quantum physics, we’ve also been testing a few new recipes.
And today, we’re proud to offer you the ultimate tea time English scones experience.
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt over the years, it is that baking works way better when you listen to some fine music. Of course, for this one, British Rock was mandatory. We first went for The Libertines before running accross Carl Barât & The Jackals‘ first full-lenght LP “Let It Reign”.
The band was formed in 2014, while The Libertines were on an undetermined hiatus. It happened a quite unusual way with Carl Barât posting an advert on Facebook. Yep, you read correctly. You probably use it to share funny cat videos, stalk people or remember your friends’ birthdays. But who knew it could actually lead to some awesome music project? As expected, thousands of people replied, 3 lucky talented guys made it till the final step and joyfully joined the alternative scene.
The result is a supersonic record. 35 minutes of sweat, fury and loud guitars. The stripped down “Beginning To See” and the beautiful ballad “Let It Rain” will allow you to catch your breath, but be prepared for an avalanche of raucous, sharp riffs oscillating between garage rock and punk. The Clashesque influence is never far and the overall effort also reminds us of Dirty Pretty Things, Carl Barât previous side project, to our greatest delight.
Now you’ve got the right music, let’s get to work!
Tea Time : Scones with Carl Barât & The Jackals
10g baking powder
60g salted butter
15cl sour milk
1 egg for egg wash
A pinch of salt
- If you don’t have sour milk, squeeze some fresh lemon juice into some regular milk. It will start clotting after a few minutes. Pretty cool, right?
- Put on some British music, The Kinks or The Libertines will work perfectly. Or wait, Carl Barât & The Jackals of course.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and butter in a bowl.
- Rub the mixture with your fingertips, you should obtain something that looks like bread crumbs. If not, game over. But you can still go to your fav bakery and buy some scones.
- Add the milk little by little and mix with a wooden spoon. Be extra careful not to overmix or your scones won’t get fluffy. On the other hand, if you don’t mix enough you’ll get choking weapons. Come on, you got this!
- Gather the dough with your hands and give it a round shape.
- Roll the dough but keep it thick. Use a round cookie cutter or a glass.
- Show your scones some Looove. And egg wash.
- Bake for 15mn
- Pour yourself a cup of your fav tea, take out the clotted cream and jam, blast some more British music and ENJOY!
IMPORTANT NOTE : the amount of jam and butter you can see on the pictures is quarantine-induced and would of course be considered as perfectly unacceptable during normal times.
Keep calm and listen to Carl Barât & The Jackals! Oh, and do tell us in the comments, how do you like your scones?0