I love scones with coffee in the morning. I used to use a mix that was very good, but kind of expensive at $5 per bag. I tried a basic scone recipe a few days ago and it was just as good as the mix I used to buy. Problem solved!
You can add whatever you like to this basic recipe – I recommend dried fruit. I like to use Craisins or dried blueberries (the blueberries from Costco are the best!). You can also add nuts if you like. Mix in the bits after cutting in the butter, before adding the wet ingredients.
- 2 cups flour
- 4 TBSP sugar
- 1 TBSP baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 TBSP butter, chilled
- 2/3 cup dried fruit
- 1/2 cup half & half
- 1 egg, beaten
- Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
- Using a pastry cutter, cut in the six tablespoons of butter until well blended.
- Mix in any fruit or nuts, then add the half & half and the beaten egg. Mix until a soft dough forms.
- On a floured surface, knead the dough a few times until it stays together. Pat it out into a disk shape, 8-10 inches in diameter.
- Cut into eight triangles – first cut into a cross (four pieces) and then split each of those in half. See photo above.
- Place on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving space between each piece. Bake for 15 minutes. Scones should be lightly browned at the edges, but not dark.
This is a super simple recipe that only takes a few minutes to prepare. If you don’t have half & half, substitute with whole or 2% milk. I like to serve the scones warm, cut open with a little butter spread on them. yum!