The scone is described as plump and fruity with cherries and almonds--so I should like it! A few months ago I purchased a tea book called Cupcakes & Afternoon Teas (first mentioned here), that included a recipe for fat rascals. As soon as I saw that recipe, I knew I would be doctoring it in order to make it more to my liking. I found that the recipe included glace (candied) cherries and mixed peel (called citron in the U.S.--think fruitcake). I am not a big fan of candied fruit, so I knew that had to go (and was probably why I wasn't a big fan). So, here is my version of a fat rascal:
Carrie's Fat Rascals
3 cups self-rising flour
1 stick butter, salted
generous 1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup mixed currants and raisins (plus a little extra)
zest of 1 large lemon
Grated peel of 1 medium orange
1/3 cup maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry
1/3 cup sliced almonds
5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Sift the flour in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
3. Stir in sugar. Add zest and almonds. Add dried fruit and cherries, tossing to coat in flour mixture.
4. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg and stir into flour mixture. Add sufficient milk to gather the mixture into a ball of dough, mopping up all the dry ingredients. The dough should have a soft texture, but not be too wet.
5. With lightly floured hands, divide the dough into desired sized balls, flattening into rough circles on the tray. Makes about 10.
6. Cook for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden brown.