Vanilla Zulus easy entertainer scones

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Looking for a quick and gorgeous scone recipe that is as versatile as it is delicious?  This is a recipe from my wonderful hotel school chef and lecturer Mr. Kniedel, and I use it very often to say the least.

I have made a few suggestions so that you can try different flavor combinations, and also how to adapt these if you need a sweet scone.

Please try them and let me know what you think, the trick is DO NOT OVERMIX!

Basic Scones

2 cups cake flour sifted = 500 ml

2 teaspoons baking powder sifted

2 pinches salt

2 eggs beaten and placed in a 250 ml cup measure, top to the 250 ml mark with milk or sour milk or even plain yogurt

125 ml butter, melted or very very soft, or grate into dry ingredients and rub


Mix all the ingredients together until a nice thick dough is formed, try not to over mix as these will become tough if over handled!  Less is more in this case. Drop tablespoons of the mixture into greased and floured muffin tins, paper cups, terracotta pots or just dollop onto a baking sheet.   Bake at 180 c for about 15 minutes until golden brown and cooked.  Check for doneness. Serve with delicious butter.


Add 2 tablespoons white sugar to the dry ingredients as well as a teaspoon vanilla or almond essence.

Chocolate Scones:

Grate in 100 g milk chocolate to make delicious chocolate muffins or chop up your favourite chocolate bar

Blueberry Scones:

Add 2 tablespoons strawberry, blueberry or fig jam to the mix for fruity muffins, serve with dollops of vanilla and whipped cream

Lemon and Poppy Scones:

Add the zest of one lemon or lime and a tablespoon of poppy seeds


Simply add this to basic recipe, no need to adjust quantities

Feta and Piquant peppers & chive scones

Crumble 100 g Feta and 2 tablespoons chopped piquant peppers and 2 tablespoons chopped chives, parsley, sage or similar (nice for colour)

Wasabi and Salmon Scones

Add 1 tablespoon wasabi and 100 g chopped smoked salmon to the mixture

Sundried tomato pesto Scones

Just add 2 teaspoons or a little more tomato pesto to your mixture

Basil Pesto Scones

As above, just add 2 teaspoons basil pesto to the mix

Mustard and Sage

Add 2 teaspoons grainy mustard and 1 teaspoon chopped sage to the mix

Other varieties – mix and match:

·  Chopped olives , chopped sun dried tomatoes

·  Onion, sesame or poppy seeds

·  Grated onion and garlic

·  Cheddar, blue, parmesan or pecorino cheese

·  Ham, cooked bacon, cooked mushrooms

·     I serve the savoury scones with a delicious dollop of whipped cream and a few chopped chives or herbs to garnish…..delicious!

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