Crab Scones with Apple and Fennel Salad


• 360g (12¾oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
• 10g (¼oz) baking powder
• 100g (3½oz) cold salted butter, cut into cubes
• 40g (1½oz) strong Cheddar, grated
• Pinch of cayenne pepper
• 1 tsp fennel seeds, toasted and lightly crushed in a pestle and mortar
• Zest of 1 lemon
• 100g (3½oz) brown crabmeat
• 170ml (5½fl oz) full-fat (whole) milk
• 1 medium free-range egg, beaten
• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 75g (2½oz) salted butter, softened, to serve

For the salad :
• ½ fennel bulb with fronds, thinly sliced
• ½ green apple, thinly sliced
• 2 tbsp white crabmeat
• 2 tbsp cider vinegar
• Pinch of caster (superfine) sugar
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1 tbsp torn dill or chervil

Words by:
Matt Tebbutt
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September 2023

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Photograph: Hardie Grant

Brown crabmeat is often overlooked but this is where all the best flavour is. These scones are a doddle to make and are pretty impressive as a snack or starter. Double up the ingredients if you’re going to make them, because they won’t last long!

Makes 8

• Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°F/gas mark 6. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Briefly blitz the flour, baking powder and butter in a food processor to create a breadcrumb texture. Or, to make it by hand, put the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and rub the butter into the flour and baking powder. If using a processor, tip the mixture into a large bowl.
• Add the cheese, cayenne pepper, fennel seeds, lemon zest and crabmeat and form dough by mixing well while slowly adding the milk. Wrap in cling film (plastic wrap) and chill in the fridge for an hour. Roll out or press the dough with your hands to a 2.5cm (1in) thickness and use a 6cm (2½in) cutter to cut out about 8 rounds.
• Put on the lined baking tray, brush with the beaten egg and bake for 10-15 minutes. Set aside to cool on a wire rack.
• To make the salad, toss together the sliced fennel, apple and crabmeat in a bowl with a pinch of salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, oil and lemon juice. Just before serving add the dressing to the salad and mix gently to coat. Sprinkle with the dill or chervil.
• Serve the warm scones with plenty of butter, with the salad alongside.

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