Treacle Scones

"From "Scottish Teatime Recipes" - my family will munch on these wee treats at any old time of day!"
photo by CoolMonday photo by CoolMonday
photo by CoolMonday
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  • Heat oven to 425°F or Gas Mark 7 and grease a baking sheet.
  • Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter.
  • Mix in the sugar and cinnamon.
  • Add the treacle or molasses and sufficient milk to make soft dough.
  • Turn on to a floured surface and knead gently- the dough should be fairly moist and elastic.
  • Roll out to about ½-inch thick, and cut into rounds with a 2½-inch pastry cutter.
  • Place on the baking sheet, brush with a little milk and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden in coIour.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Serve split in half and buttered.
  • Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

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  1. CoolMonday
    Sure and I tried some of these "wee treats" today. I love molasses and these hit the spot. I made a double batch and was careful about adding the milk, it didn't require all of it. I converted the measurements from weight to volume. 8 ounces flour=1 1/2 cups..... 2 ounces butter=1/4 cup...... 1 ounce sugar=2 1/2 tablespns.. Thanks for this great recipe Miller... Lee
  2. LonghornMama
    Really good! My Scottish friend was talking about treacle scones, and I had to make some to give them a try:) Served warm with butter and homemade strawberry/cranberry jam. Thanks CoolMonday for providing measurement conversions! I also used recipe #5247. Worried that the salt in the recipe with the salt in the self-rising sub would be too much but it was fine. Used Lyle's Black Treacle and my scones were much darker than the picture. If you're subbing molasses, you need a heavier organic or blackstrap molasses to be most similar to black treacle, not the regular commercial brands like Grandma's. I only needed about 3 1/2 oz. milk. Will make these again!
  3. AbsurdBookNerd
    Very yummy, but the dough was so wet, even without all the milk. I ended up making drop scones instead. The taste was great!!!! I used cane syrup because that is what I had on hand. Will make again.
  4. rosiepink
    Another fast recipe that yields great results. These remind me of gingerbread but without the spices and less sugar. I had to bake mine for 7-8 minutes so they wouldn't get too brown on the bottom.


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