Can You Freeze Scones?
Tea time isn’t complete without scones! If you love these yummy baked goodies then you’re probably stocking up on scones. But what if you’ve bought more scones than you can handle? Can you freeze scones for later use?
Baked treats are a little tricky to freeze, that much is true. Unfortunately, scones have a rather short shelf life. When kept in the fridge, scones only lasts for 3 to 4 days. But when you freeze scones, they will keep fresh for 3 to 4 months.
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That said, it’s important to consume the scones as soon as possible because the bread tends to break down faster when it’s been frozen. The fact is, you can freeze baked and unbaked scones! Here is a step by step guide on how can you freeze scones:
For unbaked scones, whip up the scone recipe as usual, including cutting the dough into wedges and putting them on a baking sheet. Then, stick the baking pan (or dish) in the freezer, leaving the dough to freeze for an hour or so.
While waiting for the dough to freeze, get a large rigid plastic container that’s big enough to hold all the cut scone dough. After an hour, take the baking sheet out of the freezer and gently place each scone wedge into the plastic container. Layer the wedges so they fit the container. Cover with an airtight lid, write the storage date then pop the container in the freezer.
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For baked scones, you need to wrap each one tightly in aluminum foil or cling wrap. Then, place all the scones in a heavy-duty, resealable plastic bag. Squeeze as much air as you can prior to sealing then pop in the freezer.
Defrosting the frozen (baked) scones is so easy. When the craving hits, just transfer the scones from the freezer to the fridge. Leave the scones to thaw for several hours to overnight. While waiting for the scones to thaw, start preheating your oven. Once the scones have softened, they are ready for reheating. Unbaked scones do not require thawing at all.
Baked and unbaked scones are prepared differently after they’ve been thawed. For baked scones, you can use the microwave or the oven for reheating. Preheat the oven to 350° and place the scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pop in the oven and warm for 8 to 10 minutes or until the scones are thoroughly reheated. If you’re using a microwave, heat on high in 10-15 second intervals.
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For unbaked scones, preheat the oven to 350° to 375°. Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the frozen scones one by one. Make sure the scones are evenly spaced so they don’t stick together when they expand as they bake. Pop the scones in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Scones make a great snack, a delightful treat that satisfies the sweet tooth. It’s a relief to know that you can freeze baked and unbaked scones for future uses! Now that you know how can you freeze scones, there’s absolutely no need to worry about the scones’ short shelf life at all.