Baking is a huge stress reliever. I find it totally relaxing. Measuring the butter, cracking the eggs, beating till light and fluffy, folding the flour in, pouring into prepared pan and bunging it in the oven and then licking the bowl at the end. Baking is the only joy I get from the kitchen. I am even ok to clean up the mess I make from baking (cooking, not so much.)

I’m not saying I’m a snob when it comes to baking but I make everything from scratch. I don’t like packet mix cake – the texture is almost always wrong and the taste always leaves a lot to be desired. I get that they’re so much easier and quicker and there are many of us out there who have very little time and I get that they’re convenient. I have a few tried and true easy peasy baking recipes that would probably only take a few minutes longer than the packet mixes and I don’t generally bake anything that’s going to take too much time anyway since I too have very little of it.

When I first heard of making scones with lemonade, I immediately thought this was wrong. WRONG WRONG WRONG. Whatever happened to rubbing the butter in with the flour until your fingers ached? And where is the butter in the recipe at all?  Lemonade is not supposed to be used in baking!  It was after much umming and ahhing I decided to give them a go.

A 3 ingredient recipe – what’s not to love? PLUS they come out perfect every single time. The recipe is so easy but that’s not the best part:  They are delicious. Absolutely divine.

Here is the recipe:

2 cups SR flour

2/3 cup cream

2/3 cup lemonade*

Preheat oven to 225 deg C.

Sift flour into bowl.

Combine lemonade and cream and add to flour.

Fold gently until combined.

Press out dough on lightly floured surface until about 3 cm thick. Cut scones out with scone cutter (if you don’t have one of these, just use a small glass – works just as well)

Place on greased tray so they are just touching. Bake for 12 mins (15 if you want them crusty)

Serve with jam and cream!

(If you want them to look a bit neater than mine on the top you can use a rolling pin)

* Use carbonated, fizzy and full of sugar lemonade (not the diet kind)

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