Tea time is not complete without scones! If you love these delicious baked treats, then you’ve probably stocked up on scones. But what if you bought more scones than you can handle? Can you freeze scones for later use?
Baked treats are a little tricky to freeze, that’s true. Unfortunately, scones have a rather short shelf life. If kept in the refrigerator, scones will only last 3 to 4 days. But if you freeze scones, they stay fresh for 3 to 4 months.
Still, it’s important to eat the scones as soon as possible, as the bread will break down more quickly once it’s frozen. The fact is, you can freeze baked and unbaked scones! Here is a step-by-step guide on how to freeze scones:
How do you freeze scones?
For the unbaked scones, whip up the scone recipe as usual, cutting the batter into wedges and placing them on a baking sheet. Then stick the baking sheet (or baking dish) in the freezer and let the dough freeze for about an hour.
While you wait for the dough to freeze, get a large rigid plastic container big enough to hold all the cut cookie dough. After an hour, remove the baking sheet from the freezer and carefully place each cookie wedge into the plastic container. Stack the wedges to fit in the container. Cover the container with an airtight lid, write the storage date and place in the freezer.
For baked scones, you’ll need to wrap each one tightly in aluminum foil or cling film. Then place all the scones in a durable, resealable plastic bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing, then place in the freezer.
How do you defrost and reheat scones?
Defrosting the frozen (baked) scones is so easy. When the craving hits, simply transfer the scones from the freezer to the fridge. Let the scones thaw for several hours to overnight. While you wait for the scones to thaw, preheat your oven. Once the scones have softened, they can be reheated. Unbaked scones do not need to be thawed at all.
Baked and unbaked scones are prepared differently after thawing. For baked scones, you can use the microwave or oven to reheat. Preheat the oven to 350° and place the scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the oven and reheat for 8 to 10 minutes or until the scones are thoroughly reheated. If using a microwave, heat on high in 10-15 second intervals.
For unbaked scones, preheat the oven to 350° to 375°. Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the frozen scones in one at a time. Make sure the scones are evenly spaced so they don’t stick together as they expand during baking. Place the scones in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
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Scones are a great snack, a delicious treat that will satisfy the sweet tooth. It’s a relief to know you can freeze both baked and unbaked scones for future use! Now that you know how to freeze scones, you don’t need to worry about the scones’ short shelf life at all.