I have been designated in bring baked goods to the tea party in the mid-morning with some friends and I figured I should try my hand at making scones. I found this recipe on the Joy of Baking website and thought it looked pretty easy to make. So here is a basic scone recipe. You can add dried fruits and nuts as a few options when making this recipe. (As a side note: if you are to use dried fruit you will need to soak the dried fruit in some water so that the fruit doesn’t take out the liquid from the scones and rendering them dry.) I will be making the basic and chocolate chip versions today.
Here are the ingredients for this recipe:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup (5 Tbsp.) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk (Optional: half and half or heavy cream)
- cream for glaze
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Step 3: Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, fork, knives, hands, or a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (Can stir in chocolate chips in at this point)
Step 4: In a measuring cup, add the beaten egg, milk or cream, and vanilla.
Step 5: Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and stir in milk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined.
Step 6: Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead 4-5 times.
Step 7: Roll the dough out into a 7-inch round disc.
Step 8: Either cut out 8-12 wedges or use a 3-inch biscuit/cookie cutter to cut out the scones.
Step 9: Place scones onto the prepared baking sheet 2-inches apart.
Step 10: Brush he top of the scones with some cream.
Step 11: Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom (if no cream glaze on top then it would be golden brown on top), or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Step 12: Transfer onto a wire rack to cool.
Notes: When re-heating I recommend placing a damp paper cloth on top and microwave for 45 seconds. It will keep the scones moist and will soften them. Though you would want to eat them before they cool off or else it will harden again.