Sunday, July 29, 2018

How to Make Scones

The scone is the English cousin to a baking powder biscuit.

You can make sweet ones for breakfast or savory ones to serve with dinner.

The only limit is your imagination.

The basic sweet scone is:

2 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 cup sugar, with extra to sprinkle on top
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or two knives
milk, start with half cup.  You can also use yogurt if you like or sour milk.

Extras:  cinnamon, nutmeg, cinnamon chips, chocolate chips, raisins, craisins or whatever your heart desires.

For a savory scone:

 substitute a tsp. of salt for the sugar and add your favorite herbs and spices such as garlic, onion, rosemary or tarragon, or whatever you like.  Cheese is always a good addition.

When mixing either type, add just enough wet ingredient to make a dough that holds together.  Try to not over handle the dough and make it tough.

Form into a round about an inch and a half thick.  Score the top for 8-12 wedges.

Bake at 400 until golden and a cake tester comes out clean.

Serve while warm and enjoy.  Butter is good with them but not necessary.

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