Basic Scones (with Variations)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbs baking powder
2 Tbs extra fine granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tbs butter, softened (not melted!)
1 cup milk (approx.)
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare either a scone pan or baking sheet by spraying with a non-stick spray.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into a medium bown. Using either a mixr or pastry blender combine with the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Moving to a slightly higher speed, beat in the egg until the crumbs become coarser and the mixture takes on an even yellow tone (if using an electric mixer you may wish to use a shield to prevent the flour from escaping the bowl). It is at this point that you'll want to blend in the apropriate ingredients for the variation you've decided on. Add the milk 1/4 of a cup at a time until the mixture comes together and is sticky.
If you have a scone pan (reccomended), spoon the mixture evely into the individual compartments. If you are using baking sheets, evenly spoon the mixture onto the sheet into circular piles in the desired size.
If a more golden brown appearance is desired, brush the scones with a milk or egg wash. Bake for about 13-16 mintues or until golden brown.
Cheese - Add 1 1/2 cups greated cheese of your choice and 1/2 tsp. of dried mustard.
Choclate Chip - Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips (of any variety) and 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
The cheese variation goes well with sour creme while the chocolate chip variation goes well with Devonshire Clotted Creme.( Photograph of Finished Scones (Both Variations)Collapse )