Saturday, January 26, 2013
As I got older and had my own family I experimented a bit, adding this or that to see what the result might be, but the basic recipe remained the same; on;y the additions changed.
And you know, I'm not sorry. The scones were/are delicious and I think I'll make that mistake on purpose next time.
Here's my recipe
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. This is important to make your scones (or your biscuits) rise properly.
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour (I used self-rising today, and still added the baking powder. The scones are light and flaky).
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 c. butter or shortening (I like to use half of each)
2 c. raisins or other dried fruits, nuts, orange peel, etc.
Enough milk to mix the above ingredients. (Cider or buttermilk also make great scones. Experiment!)
Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder with a fork. Cut in the butter or shortening with a pastry blender. Add raisins (and I added candied cherries today too. You can vary what you add--nuts, cranberries, blueberries, orange peel, etc).
Add milk and mix with a fork into a dough to about the consistency of biscuit dough--moistened and forming a nice ball, but not sticky. Less mixing is better than more.
Pat out to about 1" thick on a floured pastry board and cut into squares. I sprinkle flour onto the board first, so the scones pat out easily and don't get sticky. Place the squares on an ungreased baking sheeet.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes (mine were done in 10 minutes today, because the oven was already hot).
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