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  • Freezing Buttermilk Scones

    I would like to make NIgella's wonderful scones, but I live alone and can only eat so much. I want to know if once I cut them out, do I have to bake them in order to freeze them or can I freeze them unbaked and either bake them from frozen or defrosted?

    From the nigella team:

    Nigella's Buttermilk Scones (from Kitchen), along with most scones, freeze well and you can either freeze them before or after baking, as it suits you. If you prefer to bake the scones first then let them cool completely and transfer them to a resealable bag or airtight container before freezing for up to 1 month. Defrost for 1 hour at room temperature then warm the defrosted scones in an oven preheated to 150c/300F for 5 to 10 minutes.

    If you prefer to freeze the scones before baking then cut the scones out and put them on to a baking sheet lined with baking parchment (parchment paper). Freeze the scones on the sheet until they are solid, then transfer them to resealable bags or airtight containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake the scones direct from frozen, as directed in the recipe, but allow an extra 2-3 minutes baking time.

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