Scones are crumbly but light single-serving cakes that originated in the United Kingdom. Scones are famed for being very easy to make, with the main ingredient being flour and it is leavened with baking soda.
They are not made to be eaten on their own so it is usually very lightly sweetened. But, scones can be served with jam or cheese and has for years served as the condiment for afternoon tea in many English homes.
In other parts of the world, scones are favored for a light quick breakfast or quick lunch. In some cases, some people dab their scones with sweetened vanilla glaze to assuage their sweet tooth. I
f you have too many scones and do not want to eat scones every day of the week to prevent them from going to waste, how do you preserve them?
Can you freeze scones? Yes, you can. Whether baked or unbaked you can freeze scones. Baked scones will last in the freezer for 2 to three months. While unbaked scones would last for about 3 weeks. Your unbaked scones would not go bad after that stipulated time and would keep longer than that but, you might notice that it won’t rise as well as fresh unbaked scones will.
Scones contain little amounts of water, so it doesn’t get damaged from the freezing process. However, you have to be careful to keep the air out as you freeze and take care to not overheat them after thawing.
How to Freeze Scones
Scones can be frozen in two different ways, but the best way to freeze your scones is to freeze them uncooked. The two different methods will be discussed in this article.
Freezing Baked Scones
Baked scones do not contain a lot of water, so freezing them can be very easy. You also do not need to go through any sort of lengthy preparation process to freeze baked scones.
Step 1: Storage
Bake your scones with any recipe of your choice and follow it to the end. Then, leave your scones out to cool down to room temperature. Do not attempt to freeze your scones while they are still warm or cold as the quick temperature would make the scones condense. This could result in soggy scones or freezer burn.
Ziploc freezer bags do a good job of keeping the air away from your scones in the freezer. But, before you place them into these bags, you have to wrap each scone individually in plastic wrap. Wrap each scone with more than one layer of plastic wrap and make sure that no part of the scone is exposed.
Place the wrapped scones into the Ziploc freezer bags, keeping them side by side, and press the bags flat to expel air before you seal them. Use multiple freezer bags if you have to. Do not try freezing all of the scones in one bag.
Step 2: Freezing
Baked scones have a shelf life of 3 weeks in the freezer before the quality begins to decline. Label the bags in which you have stored the scones with a sharpie, stating the contents and date of the freeze. This would help you keep track of how long you have stored it if you ever forget it in the freezer.
Freezing Uncooked Scones
This is the best way to freeze scones if you can spare the extra 20 minutes you would need to bake the dough and have it ready to be eaten. Freezing the unbaked dough, makes you experience the taste and feel of freshly baked scones.
Step 1: Preparation
Unlike with baked scones you have to go through with some kind of preparation. Follow your recipe down to the point where you are ready to bake. Then, cut scones into circles or wedges if you like them triangular.
Step 2: Flash Freezing
Line a cookie or baking sheet with cling film and place the shaped dough on it. Ensure that each shaped scone isn’t in contact with another. The cling film can be replaced with parchment paper or wax paper and this would prevent the dough from sticking to the sheet.
Place the sheet into the freezer and freeze it for an hour or more so that the dough will set. Flash freezing will also help to keep your dough from sticking together as you freeze them in storage bags for the long term.
Step 3: Storage and Freezing
You can pack the half-frozen dough into freezer bags or Tupperware containers. Plastic freezer-friendly containers would also do a good job of keeping your scones safe. You can stack the scones in the Tupperware containers to help you conserve freezer space.
Don’t forget to label the bags before you put them into the freezer to freeze for the long term. Take note that when you keep the dough for longer than 3 weeks, it won’t rise like fresh dough would when you bake them. So for best quality, try to bake them before they pass that mark.
How to Thaw Frozen Scones
You can bake frozen uncooked scones straight from the freezer without having to thaw them. When you are ready to eat them, preheat your oven to 350°F and bake as your recipes instruct you to do. You can add an extra 5 minutes to the cooking time, to counter the frozen state of the dough.
For the frozen baked scones, you can thaw the scone overnight in the refrigerator, if you have plans for eating them the next day. But if you can’t wait for that long, or you feel the need to eat or use the scones right away, you can reheat them in the microwave. Set your microwave to low heat, and heat the scones at 10 to 15 seconds intervals till it gets done through and through.
How to Recognize Spoiled Scones
You can tell if scones are bad by their smell or appearance. Bad scones will have an off smell and might have mold on them. If you notice this in your scones, please discard them.