Scones can be a delicious treat, and while they may not always be the healthiest option, they can still offer some nutritional benefits depending on their ingredients and preparation methods. Here are some potential health and nutritional benefits of scones:
1. Energy and Carbohydrates: Scones are typically made with flour, which is a good source of energy due to its carbohydrate content. Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of fuel, providing energy for physical activities and brain function.
2. Fiber: Scones can be made with whole grain flour or added ingredients like oats, which can increase their fiber content. Fiber is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system, promoting regular bowel movements, and can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
3. Micronutrients: Depending on the ingredients used, scones can contribute to your intake of various micronutrients. For instance, if you include fruits like berries, apples, or dried fruits in your scones, you’ll benefit from their vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidant content. Additionally, if your scones contain nuts or seeds, you’ll get a dose of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
4. Customization and Control: One advantage of making scones at home is that you have control over the ingredients you use. By choosing high-quality, nutritious ingredients and controlling the amount of added sugars and fats, you can make your scones a healthier option overall.
5. Enjoyment and Mental Well-being: While not directly related to physical health, the enjoyment of food and treating yourself to something delicious can have positive effects on mental well-being. Sharing scones with loved ones or taking a moment to savor a freshly baked scone can provide a sense of comfort and happiness.
However, it’s important to note that commercially available scones or those made with excessive amounts of sugar, refined flour, and unhealthy fats can be high in calories, unhealthy trans fats, and added sugars, which can have adverse effects on your health if consumed in excess. Moderation and mindful ingredient choices are key when it comes to enjoying scones as part of a balanced diet.
8 cups flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1/4 cup oil
1 cup ultramel custard
2 cups buttermilk ( I made my own, you add 2 cups of milk and 2 tablespoon lemon juice into a mason jar, give it a stir and place into fridge)
In a bowl sift flour, pinch of salt, sugar, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and mix.
In another bowl add buttermilk, oil, vanilla essence, ultramel custard, eggs and whisk.
Add margarine into flour and rub until it resembles crumbs.
Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and mix but don’t overmix, you just want to combine.
Press the dough down with hands and cut with a cutter or a glass, I used a glass and when you press down don’t twist, press down straight and lift up and it should be 3cm thick.
Grease baking trays and place scones on top and brush with egg, and a little milk.
Preheat oven 200 degrees for 15 minutes ( I checked after 15 minutes and I swapped the two trays around because the scones on the top tray were golden on top and underneath was not golden and the tray of scones in the middle were golden underneath and not golden on top)
Made 22 scones but it depends on the size of glass or cutter.
NB. Ingredients such as the eggs, margarine, buttermilk, custard should be cold.