Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Classic Cream Scones

Sunny Saturday mornings mean it is time to hit the kitchen with an apron and a smile! It had been stormy all week and the sun was a welcome sight. Everybody was gone for the day so I decided that a leisurely breakfast with scones and tea was in order.

Scones can vary greatly and I wasn't truly a fan of them until I tried this recipe from the December 2004 Fine Cooking Magazine. Everybody has a preference...I like my scones to be light and moist as opposed to heavy blocks of baked dough! These are quick and easy to make with just a hint of sweetness. The only change that I made was that I sprinkled the scones with raw sugar instead of granulated. I have made them with and without currants.


Classic Cream Scones
Fine Cooking, December 2004
Preheat oven: 400 degrees F.
Yields: 8 large scones

9 oz. (2 cups) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. table salt
2-3/4 oz. (1/2 cup) dried currants (optional)
3 oz. (6 Tbs.) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten

For finishing:
1 large egg lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon milk for glazing
1 to 1-1/2 tsp. granulated sugar

Position an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the currants, if using, tossing until evenly distributed and coated with flour. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two table knives until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of peas.

In a small bowl, stir the cream and egg yolks just to blend. Add this all at once to the flour mixture. Stir with a fork to begin combining the wet and dry ingredients and then use your hands to gently knead the mixture together until all the dry ingredients are absorbed into the dough and it can be gathered into a moist, shaggy ball. Don’t overknead: This dough is sticky but benefits from minimal handling. Set the rough ball in the center of the prepared baking sheet and pat it gently into a round about 1 inch thick and 7 inches in diameter. Don’t be tempted to make the round any flatter.

With a sharp knife or a pastry scraper, cut the round into eight wedges; separate the wedges. Brush the scones with the egg-milk glaze (you won’t need to use all of it) and sprinkle with the sugar. Bake until the scones are deep golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a wedge comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Slide the parchment onto a rack and let the scones cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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Ahhh...a fresh baked scone with a little sunshine, a little butter, a little jam,
a cup of tea...
what could be better?

14 comments:

  1. The only thing better would be one of those, with a dollop of clotted cream. Mmmmmmm.

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  2. The only thing better is to have a friend to share them with. Boo hoo! ;)

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  3. This is my first time to your site and I love it! I especially love the name of your blog! So cute! This recipe looks divine as well!

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  4. You can't beat a hot scone with butter!

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  5. Like the little black dress and pearls..A classic is a classic..your scones look fantastic.I love scones.

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  6. Those scones look absolutely delish! I love scones which are wedges, compared to the round ones. These definitely look moist!

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  7. scones are heaven sent and great partner to coffee...yours looks super wonderful..

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  8. Save one for me. They look delicious. Is it okay to have coffee instead of tea? Coffee is for morning, tea is for afternoon. Scones are good anytime. Rosemary

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  9. Oohhh, beautiful, Kate. Love the addition of currents. Just the right touch of sweetness. I would love one with my cup of tea.

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  10. They look gorgeous!
    Nothing better than a great scone!

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  11. i need to try these this weekend... they look incredible... have a wonderful valentine's weekend xx pam

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  12. A love traditional cream scones and these look absolutely perfect!

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  13. i love , love, love scones and a hot cup of tea.
    my ALL TIME FAVORITE.
    EVER.
    REALLY !

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