SCONES FOR THE WEEK-END

 

Early morning.  The marine fog drifts across the fields and pokes fingers into the open window.

Early morning.  The heaven fragrance of baking drifts into my bedroom.  Poking fingers to wake this sleepy head.

It is the week-end.  A morning to indulge.

Scones.  Feather-light.  Slip out of the oven and onto my plate. The Good Husband has been busy.  These are the scones he’ll make for Cecilia on her mid-West Farmy.  And for Michelle in her elegant Belle Grove Plantation house.  Every week-end a different flavoured scone.  Today plump raisins stud these little beauties.

SCONES

Turn your oven to 400 degrees F. and have the rack in the centre of the oven.

Collect the ingredients and have everything at room temperature except the butter.  If you haven’t done this ahead of time heat the egg in a bowl of warm water and gently warm the buttermilk in the microwave.

You’ll notice the amount of buttermilk is not precise.  The amount you’ll need will depend on the humidity that day. You want just enough liquid to hold your dough together.  If you get too carried away with adding the extra buttermilk don’t worry.  Just drop your scones on the baking sheet.  I promise you they will still be delicious.

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon soda and 2 teaspoons baking power

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cold butter (or hard margarine)

1/2 cup dried fruit – apricots, raisins currents, cherries blueberries

grated lemon peel

1 large egg

1/2 to 1 cup buttermilk.

 

Whisk the eggs and butter milk together

Whisk the flour, sugar, soda, salt in a large bowl.

Cut in the butter until most the mixture is the size of very small peas with a few bigger pieces. If you don’t have a pastry blender use two knives.   Make a well in the centre of your flour mixture and add the liquid.

Stir this together gently just until all the flour mixture comes together.  Briefly stir in the fruit and lemon peel.  If you have too much flour mixture sitting at the bottom of your bowl stir in a little more butter milk.

 

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently gather and knead the dough just until the dough comes  together.  It may look a little rough or ragged.  That’s OK.  Pat the dough into a circle about 3/4 inch deep.   Don’t skimp here you want the scones  to be voluptuous, lovely and high.

 

Cut into six or eight edges.

 

 

Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for ten to twelve minutes or until golden brown.

Serve while still warm lavishly spread with butter .  Enjoy

SCONES FOR THE WEEK-END
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Scones, feather light, fresh out of the oven, a morning treat
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soda and 2 teaspoons baking power
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold butter (or hard margarine)
  • ½ cup dried fruit - apricots, raisins currents, cherries blueberries
  • grated lemon peel
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ to 1 cup buttermilk.
Instructions
  1. Whisk the eggs and butter milk together
  2. Whisk the flour, sugar, soda, salt in a large bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter until most the mixture is the size of very small peas with a few bigger pieces. If you don't have a pastry blender use two knives.
  4. Make a well in the centre of your flour mixture and add the liquid.
  5. Stir this together gently just until all the flour mixture comes together. Briefly stir in the fruit and lemon peel. If you have too much flour mixture sitting at the bottom of your bowl stir in a little more butter milk.
  6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently gather and knead the dough just until the dough comes together. It may look a little rough or ragged. That's OK. Pat the dough into a circle about ¾ inch deep. Don't skimp here you want the scones to be voluptuous, lovely and high.
  7. Cut into six or eight edges.
  8. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for ten to twelve minutes or until golden brown.
Notes
Serve while still warm lavishly spread with butter . Enjoy

 

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3 Responses to SCONES FOR THE WEEK-END

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  2. The Tin Man says:

    Augustine is off to make Larry’s Perfect Scones………oh my heavens……the memories of these delightful scones……should have taken one for the flight home!

    • admin says:

      Scones and tea on the patio – it was an amazing day. Now lavish on the butter and jam and remember our time together.

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