The Best Scones Ever!

Origins

I have been making this scone recipe for at least 20 or 25 years. It is my favorite! I found the original recipe in Emily Barnes book, “If Teacups Could Talk”. I tweaked the recipe a bit to make them sweeter and flakier.

Here it is… drum roll please😉

Basic Recipe

425 degrees

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

6 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter Crisco

1/2 buttermilk

I make a variety of scones with this basic recipe. My go to scone is with sweeten dried cranberries, but sometimes I’ll add almond extract and poppy seeds or blueberries. The list is pretty much endless. Whatever you add it just needs to get mixed in before the buttermilk.

The how to…

In your stand mixer add the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt, mix with paddle attachment until well combined.

With mixer going add your 6 tablespoons of butter crisco. Mix until it looks kinda like cornmeal.

Now add your whatever… I add about a 1/2 cup of sweetened dried cranberries.

Now for the buttermilk. I add the buttermilk with the mixer going. Sometimes it will take a splash more buttermilk to form the dough. I stop mixing as soon as the dough forms, there are usually still some dry “crumbs” on the bottom, but those I pat in. It’s important NOT to over mix at this step, it will make your scones tough!

Now take the dough out of the bowl and pat it into a ball. I lay down a piece of parchment paper to dump the dough onto and to shape and bake it😊👍

Pat the dough into a circle and cut into 8 wedges.

Use the knife to separate the wedges so they don’t touch each other.

Now pop them into your pre-heated 425 degree oven, parchment paper and all. I always bake my scones on a pizza stone that I pre-heat with the oven. It keeps the bottom of the scones from getting to brown.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown. I start checking them after about 15 minutes.

This last batch of scones I decided to put an orange glaze on them, it was pretty delicious.

For the glaze I added the zest of a little cutie orange I had, a dash of salt and a splash of orange juice.

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There you go…

Now make a pot of tea and enjoy your delicious scones❤️

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