Mary Berry Drop Scones Recipe

One of my all-time favorites in the realm of comforting breakfasts is the classic Scotch Pancake, also known lovingly as Drop Scones. Inspired by Mary Berry, these little delights hold a special place in my kitchen. They remind me of a simpler time when these were traditionally made on a solid metal griddle over an open fire. This recipe tweaks Mary Berry’s classic to accommodate modern kitchens while keeping the old charm alive.

How To Make Mary Berry’s Drop Scones Recipe Overview

Drop Scones Mary Berry are wonderfully versatile and incredibly easy to whip up on a lazy weekend morning or for a quick, satisfying snack. This recipe makes about 15-20 small pancakes, perfect for serving 3-4 people. From start to finish, you’ll spend about 20 minutes, and the result is a beautifully golden, fluffy batch of scones ready to be devoured with your favorite toppings.

Ingredients

  • 210g self-raising flour
  • Zest of 1 medium orange (finely grated)
  • 48g caster sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • Sunflower oil, for frying
  • 1 large egg
  • 240ml milk

Serving Options:

  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Fresh blueberries and raspberries
  • Butter
  • Natural Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Preparation: Start by sifting the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Add the caster sugar and orange zest, mixing until well combined.
  2. Mix the Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and milk together until smooth.
  3. Combine: Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring gently to combine. You should aim for a thick, smooth batter.
  4. Heat the Griddle: Lightly oil a griddle or frying pan and heat over medium heat.
  5. Cook: Drop tablespoons of the batter onto the hot griddle. Cook for about 1-2 minutes until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook for another minute or until golden brown.
  6. Serve: Serve warm with butter, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and a handful of fresh berries.

Nutritional Value

Each serving (without the optional toppings) approximately contains:

Calories: 215 kcal

Protein: 6g

Fat: 3g

Carbohydrates: 40g

Sugars: 10g

Fiber: 1g

Also Try: Mary Berry Rhubarb Crumble Recipe

What Are The Alternative To Drop Scones?

If you’re looking for alternatives to drop scones, there are several other small, quick breads and pancakes that you can try:

American Pancakes – Larger and thinner than drop scones, these are fluffy and typically served stacked with syrup.

Crumpets – These have a spongier texture with characteristic holes on top, perfect for absorbing butter or jam.

English Muffins – More bread-like, these are cooked on a griddle too and are known for their nooks and crannies.

Welsh Cakes – Similar in size to drop scones but cooked on a griddle, these are slightly spiced and often contain dried fruits.

Pikelets – These are the Australian or New Zealand version of crumpets, thinner and typically served with afternoon tea.

Silver Dollar Pancakes – Very similar to drop scones but usually thinner; these are small and round, perfect for little hands or as a side dish.

Each of these alternatives offers a unique texture and flavor, making them perfect for different toppings and occasions.

FAQs

What is the difference between a drop scone and an American pancake?

Drop scones, also known as Scotch pancakes, are smaller and thicker than American pancakes. They are traditionally made with a thicker batter that includes sugar for a slight sweetness. American pancakes are typically larger, thinner, and often served in stacks. Drop scones are cooked on a griddle to a golden brown and are closer in size to silver dollar pancakes.

Can I use an alternative to sunflower oil for frying?

Yes, you can use any neutral-flavored oil like canola or vegetable oil. For a richer taste, butter is a great option. Just keep an eye on the heat as butter can burn more easily than oil. Adjust the temperature accordingly to avoid burning your pancakes.

How do I ensure my drop scones are fluffy?

Avoid over-mixing the batter; it’s fine if there are a few lumps. This prevents the gluten in the flour from developing too much, which can make the scones tough. Also, make sure your baking powder is fresh as it loses effectiveness over time. Fresh baking powder helps the scones rise and become fluffy.

Are there any vegan alternatives for this recipe?

Yes, there are vegan alternatives for making drop scones. Replace the egg with a flax egg, which is one tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with three tablespoons of water. Use plant-based milk instead of dairy milk. For frying, opt for a vegan butter or any plant-based oil. These substitutions work well and will still yield delicious, fluffy vegan drop scones. Enjoy them with vegan toppings of your choice!

What is the secret to good pancakes?

The secret to good pancakes is in the batter. Do not overmix it; lumps are okay as they keep the pancakes fluffy. Use fresh baking powder for a good rise. Let the batter rest for a few minutes before cooking. This allows the flour to absorb the liquid and gives a tender crumb. Cook them on a medium-hot griddle and flip them only once when bubbles form on the surface.

Conclusion

Drop Scones are a delightful, quick treat that can adapt to various tastes and dietary needs. They offer a perfect way to start your day or to enjoy during a mid-afternoon break. Try experimenting with different toppings and enjoy these little bites of joy just the way you like them!

Mary Berry Drop Scones Recipe

Mary Berry Drop Scones Recipe

Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 4 people
Calories 215 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 210 g self-raising flour
  • Zest of 1 medium orange finely grated
  • 48 g caster sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • Sunflower oil for frying
  • 1 large egg
  • 240 ml milk

Serving Options:

  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Fresh blueberries and raspberries
  • Butter
  • Natural Greek yogurt

Instructions
 

  • Preparation: Start by sifting the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Add the caster sugar and orange zest, mixing until well combined.
  • Mix the Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and milk together until smooth.
  • Combine: Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring gently to combine. You should aim for a thick, smooth batter.
  • Heat the Griddle: Lightly oil a griddle or frying pan and heat over medium heat.
  • Cook: Drop tablespoons of the batter onto the hot griddle. Cook for about 1-2 minutes until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook for another minute or until golden brown.
  • Serve: Serve warm with butter, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and a handful of fresh berries.

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