GINGER BEER SCONES WITH GRILLED STRAWBERRY JAM
We love the lemonade scone, but ginger beer is the star ingredient in this recipe. For the jam, the strawberries are first grilled on the barbecue to bring out a deepened, caramelised sweetness. They are then added to a pan with ginger beer and uncrystallised ginger, simmered until it reduces into a thick, syrupy jam. The result, a vibrant red, delectable strawberry jam with a warming spice from the ginger to top a warm, fluffy scone. Can someone please pass the cream?
- 1½ cup self-raising flour, sifted, plus extra to dust
- Pinch salt
- 125 milligrams (1/2 cup) thickened cream (or dollop cream)
- 125 millilitres 1/2 cup) ginger beer
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Whipped cream or dollop cream, to serve
- 250 millilitres 1 cup) ginger beer
- 1 x 250g punnet strawberries, washed and hulled
- 2 tablespoons chopped uncrystallised ginger (see note)
Prepare the barbecue for direct cooking over high heat (250°C-290°C).
Pour the ginger beer into a small Weber Ware Frying Pan and place the pan onto the barbecue. Simmer the ginger beer over direct high heat for 10 minutes or until it has started to reduce.
Brush the cooking grills clean with a wire brush. Grill the strawberries over direct high heat, with the lid closed, for 4 minutes, turning once or twice. Once the strawberries have nice grill marks, add them to the frying pan along with the chopped uncrystallised ginger. Continue to simmer for a further 10 to 15 minutes or until the ginger beer has become syrupy.
Pour the jam into a bowl and mash the strawberries with a fork. Wash the frying pan to refresh it. Prepare the barbecue for indirect cooking over medium heat (190°C-230°C- roasting setting).
In a large bowl sift together the flour and salt. Make a well in the centre and add the ginger beer and cream. Use a flat-blade knife to mix together the ingredients until just combined. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until just smooth. This will take only a couple of minutes, so do not over knead or the scones will become tough. Using your hands, flatten the dough to a 1.5 to 2cm thickness.
Dip a 5cm-diameter scone cutter in flour (If you don’t have a cutter you can use a glass). Using the round cutter, cut out the scones. Combine the leftover dough into a ball, flatten to a 1.5 to 2cm thickness, and cut out a total of 6 scones.
Place the scones into a small Weber Ware Frying Pan, 1 cm apart. Using a pastry brush, brush the scones with the milk.
Bake the scones over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes or until risen and the tops are golden. Remove from the barbecue and allow to cool slightly. Serve with grilled strawberry jam and whipped/dollop cream.
Uncrystallised ginger is the same as crystallised ginger, although crystallised ginger has been coated in extra sugar. Either will work for this recipe, however the extra sweetness is not needed.
This recipe is designed for a small Weber Frying Pan. This recipe can be doubled to make 12 scones to fit in a large Weber Frying Pan.