Thursday, August 8, 2013

the one about scones

I love baking! It makes me happy; it makes others happy; it just makes everyone involved happy. A few weeks ago I found the BEST recipe for scones--seriously, they're to die for! And they're super easy :)

Ingredients

2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder 
3 tablespoons sugar 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
5 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 
1/2 cup fruit (I've used blueberries and raspberries) 
1 cup heavy cream

Directions

  1. Preheat over to 425 degrees and put the rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Place flour, baking power, sugar, and salt in a bowl and mix together. (You can also use a food processor.)
  3. Cut in butter. I used two butter knives, but you can use a pastry blender or your fingertips. You want to create a course meal. Stir in fruit.
  4. Stir in heavy cream with a rubber spatula or fork until dough forms. 
  5. Transfer dough and all the floury bits to the counter and knead into a dough (this step is super super important!) until it no longer falls apart. Place dough into an 8x8 pan; press it all the way into the corners and then turn the dough out.
  6. Cut the dough into triangles. I usually cut it into a tic-tac-toe board and then each section into triangles. 
  7. Place each scone onto a pre-greased sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes. The tops should be a light, golden brown :) 
I like to glaze the top of my scones with a lemon glaze. It adds a little something extra and the citrus with the berries is an amazing combination!

Glaze

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon, medium sized. Whisk in powdered sugar until it is a thick glaze texture, usually about 2 1/2 cups. Drizzle over cooled scones.



Enjoy!







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