Whether its afternoon tea or a midday snack, scones are one of the most versatile foods in the world. Sweet or savory, scones provide a creative way to meet your daily caloric intake. But how to reheat scones properly?
Similar to biscuits, scones are breaded pastries rolled into round shapes and then baked. Classic Scottish scones are usually cooked on a griddle; however, they can be made in larger batches in a commercial oven.
It’s thought that scones originated from the Scottish countryside. The world’s first scones were made from stale oats, yet most modern-day varieties are made with flour and then baked.
Thankfully, scones are also one of the few breaded pastries that can keep for several days without losing their flavor. However, the best scones are warm, soft, and feature just the slightest hint of crispiness on the edges.
Below, we’ll teach you some of the best practices for reheating even the most stale scones.
How to Reheat Scones
If you’ve left fresh-baked scones out for a day or two in open air, they can still easily be reheated to their original perfect quality.
The best way to reheat a scone is in the oven.
First, pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and then pop the scone on the middle rack. Wait five to ten minutes before removing the scone.
For frozen scones, you’ll first want to defrost them for at least fifteen minutes in open air before placing them in the oven.
Alternatively, you can defrost a scone in the microwave on high for 10 to 20 seconds.
How to Reinvigorate a Stale Scone
Sometimes, reheating an old scone in the oven just won’t do the trick. Completely rock-hard scones will not become buoyant or moist when you place them directly in the oven.
It’s recommended that you place the scones in a medium-sized saucepan with a lid. Put the saucepan on low heat and put the lid on top.
After gently warming for five minutes, switch off the heat and leave the scones to cool for another five to seven minutes.
Make sure to keep an eye on the scones as they cook since it’s easy to accidentally burn the bottoms.
The scones should be much less dense and hard after cooking on the stove top since steam starts to to penetrate through the thick, breaded skin.
Alternatively, you may want to put the scones in the microwave with a small glass of water.
After a minute, the water will reinvigorate the scone with the added moisture you’re desperately missing.
Best Practices for Reheating Scones
You should only leave freshly baked scones out in the open for one to two days. If you intend to keep them around for longer, you’ll want to place your scones in a sealed container in the freezer.
Frozen scones of any variety will last at least six months when in the freezer.