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Buttermilk scones with easy strawberry vanilla jam and a Le Creuset Giveaway

 In Baked Goods, Give-Aways, Recipes

Buttermilk scones with easy strawberry-vanilla jam

Come on, admit it. You could totally devour that scone right now. With its crumbly, delicate buttermilk-flavoured base topped with the easiest strawberry-vanilla jam and lightly whipped cream, how could you not? For me, there is nothing that shouts “tea-time” as much as a good scone. As a little girl this is the treat my mom would prepare for us when we had tea parties where we would drink out of the fine china cups my gran had given her and I pretended to be a grown-up. So it’s quite fitting that I make these scones in her memory for this post.

Buttermilk scones with easy strawberry-vanilla jam

Le Creuset (only one of my favourite brands, ever!) approached me a while ago and asked if I’d like to be part of their Cuppa for CANSA campaign. You see, Le Creuset has launched a competition to support this wonderful initiative and as I lost my beloved mom to breast cancer, how could I not get involved? In this, my favourite month of the year, it also happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness month and I am using this platform to inform as many of you as I can. Being vigilant about  your health is the very best tool you have and if breast cancer is caught early, it CAN be treated. Know your body and do self-examinations often. This along with doctor’s visits, mammograms, etc. can be absolutely life saving.

Buttermilk scones with easy strawberry-vanilla jam

Le Creuset’s objective with the campaign is to spread the word, thereby encouraging people to host a Cuppa for CANSA tea in order to raise funds for CANSA.  The CANSA website has details on how to donate, bank account number as well as a virtual donation function.  They have made it so easy – http://www.cuppa.org.za/ . Le Creuset is also donating 30% of the sale of its rose pink cappuccino mugs to CANSA.  Le Creuset has also asked all those that want to enter the main Le Creuset competition to post on any of their social media channels from their tea party holding the banner that I have attached here as well. So where does that leave you? You see, Le Creuset has sent me a gorgeous hamper with a tea pot, milk jug and two gorgeous cappucino cups and you can win the same, as well as being entered into the main competition in which you can win a Le Creuset shopping spree worth R10 000. TEN THOUSAND RAND worth of Le Creuset. *swoon*

Easy strawberry-vanilla jam

All you have to do is a host a Cuppa for CANSA tea party yourself. Upload the images to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #SimplyLeCreuset and #CuppaforCANSA. That’s it. I will then choose the best tea party and that person will win a hamper and be entered into the main draw. Entries will close on Monday 20 October 2014 so that gives you just less than two weeks to throw the tea party of your dreams. {Competition open to residents of South Africa only. The winner will be announced on Simply Delicious’ Twitter page along with being notified by e-mail.}

Le Creuset’s Social Media channels:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LeCreusetSA

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LeCreusetSA

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/lecreusetsa#

Buttermilk scones with easy strawberry-vanilla jam

Buttermilk scones with easy strawberry vanilla jam and a Le Creuset Giveaway
 
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Recipe type: Baking, Baked goods, Tea time
Serves: 6
Ingredients
for the buttermilk scones
  • 2 cups cake flour (all purpose)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, cubed (the butter needs to be firm but not rock hard, so to make it easier to rub into the dry ingredients)
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten
for the strawberry-vanilla jam
  • 4 cups strawberries, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved
to serve
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl.
  3. Rub the butter in with your finger tips until the mixture resembles rough breadcrumbs.
  4. With a knife, cut the buttermilk in until the dough starts coming together.
  5. Tip the dough out onto a floured surface then gently bring together into a circle of around 3-4cm in height.
  6. With a sharp round cookie cutter, cut 6 scones out of the dough. Re-work the dough and bring together if you need to.
  7. Place the scones on the prepared baking tray and brush with the beaten egg.
  8. Place in the oven and allow to bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to chill.
  10. To make the strawberry jam, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  11. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the mixture starts resembling a loose jam. Place a teaspoon of the liquid onto a chilled plate and drag your finger through it. If the mixture stays put and doesn't start bleeding into the line, it's ready and can be removed from the heat.
  12. Carefully pour into sterilised jam jars and allow to chill before serving.
  13. To serve, halve the scones (I like to serve them slightly warm), top with the strawberry jam and the whipped cream.
 

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Warm Vanilla Sugar
    Reply

    I love classic scones like this! The jam sounds simply lovely too 🙂

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks K! I’m also such a fan of a classic scone.

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