Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Simple Sweet Scones

Scones - April 25, 2010
Long ago in the days before the internet (the 1980s), I was struggling with a scone recipe from British Heritage magazine (I think the measurements were by weight rather than volume), and my college housemates took pity on me and bought me Biscuits and Scones by Elizabeth Alston.

Twenty years later, the spine of the book has cracked so that it will usually just flop open to the recipe for Simple Sweet Scones.

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut up
1/4 cup granulated sugar (or 1/3 cup for sweeter scones)
2/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 425F. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Add the butter and cut in with a pastry blender or rub it in with your fingers until the mixture looks like fine granules. (I prefer the finger method.) Add sugar; toss to mix (with your hands - not tossing it up into the air ;o).

Add milk and stir with a fork until a soft dough forms. Form the dough into a ball, and knead gently on a lightly floured board (about 10-12 kneads). Pat or roll the dough out into a circle about 1" thick and cut out scones with a biscuit cutter or round drinking glass dipped in flour.

Place scones on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for about 12 minutes or until medium brown on top. Put a linen or cotton dish towel on a wire rack and lay scones out to cool, covering them loosely with the cloth. Serve with butter & jam (or whipped cream or clotted cream if you're feeling decadent), and a nice cuppa tea.


Terri Kahrs said...

ooooo . . . . these look so good! If I close my eyes, I can almost smell them baking in the oven! Thanks for the recipe, Carolyn! Hugs, Terri xoxo

vintagepix said...

Thanks for stopping by, Terri (And if you want to be really decadent, you can add chocolate chips to this recipe :o)

TJ said...

I am visiting relative and forgot my signature scone recipe. Searching Internet to remember amount of baking soda buy finding all kinds of versions - not mine. And then voila: same recipe from same book. These scones are perfectiOn. People have no idea what real English scones should taste like. You'll never buy another at Starbucks once you have these.

vintagepix said...

Glad to help, TJ! This is definitely my go-to scone recipe, and I blogged it so I would know where it was if I needed it :D Happy Holidays!

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