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How to make the perfect scone – by the baker who has sold 100,000 of them!

How to make the perfect scone – by the baker who has sold 100,000 of them!
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How to make the perfect scone – by the baker who has sold 100,000 of them!

11 December 2023

Baking the perfect scone is a very delicate process that takes time, precision and the perfect balance of ingredients, according to Mette Robinson.   

And she should know – for she has sold 100, 000 of the baked treats! 

Customers simply can’t get enough of Mette’s scones, which have been selling in their thousands ever since she opened Cream Café at Marshall’s Yard shopping centre in Gainsborough in 2008.  

The café celebrated 15 years in business on Friday, December 8, and she is thrilled that people are still so enamoured with her scones.  

And Mette has also shared some handy tips for baking the perfect scone.  

She said: “It is a very balanced and delicate process, one wrong move and it can all go wrong!  

“It is important to have hands on time with the dough as little as possible because if you knead it too much it will activate the gluten too much and make them more like a bun. So, less kneading means your scones will be more loose and crumbly, which is what you’re aiming for.

“Always use butter at room temperature and sift your flour so you get a good mix and a better chance of an even rise.

“Make sure you do not twist the cutter, put it down and then lift it straight up. If you twist the cutter it may lead to an uneven rise, and an uneven bake.

“When you get to the point of rolling your dough, don’t be tempted to add too much flour to the surface. Too much can add to the dough, making the scones heavier.”   

She added: “I would keep it simple and top them with strawberry jam and clotted cream.”

Mette’s culinary journey to crafting the perfect doughy treat has not been an easy one.  

Mette, who is originally from Denmark – a country famous for its rich baking heritage – moved to England 24 years ago after meeting husband Michael.  

She added: “Scones are traditionally a British thing, so it took me a bit of time to get the recipe right.  

“I must have gone through about 50 different recipes before I landed on the right one.  

“There was a lot of mess in the kitchen, it was a bit trial and error and my family had to try a lot of different types of scones!”  

She added: “I’ve added it up and we have sold roughly about 100,000 of them in the 15 years we have been open – which is amazing.  

“I’m so pleased that people appreciate them. If anyone wants to give them a try to see what all the fuss is about, then please pop in.” 

Jodie Pacey, centre manager at Marshall’s Yard, said: “Cream was one of the first independent businesses to open at our brilliant shopping centre.

“Marshall’s Yard celebrated it’s 16-year anniversary since opening earlier this year and Cream has been with us on most of that journey.

“The café has been a hit with customers for a very long time, and Mette’s scones really are delicious. If you visit the centre I’d highly recommend popping into the café to taste them for yourself.”

Cream Café specialises in serving homemade fresh food, cakes and drinks, made from quality produce mainly sourced locally and with the environment firmly in mind. 

Customers will find a great selection of breakfasts, lunches, cakes and snacks - including vegan and gluten free choices as well as a healthy children's menu.

There is also a wide selection of hot and cold beverages, including Italian style coffees, fresh smoothies and milkshakes as well as a choice of alcoholic beverages such as white wine, red wine, beer, lager, fruity cider and a glass of Prosecco with their delicious afternoon tea offer.

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Pictures show Mette with her scones in her cafe and at a previous event.  

For further information, contact:

Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644