Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Scones, marvelous scones!

Chocolate chip scones from the recipe below.... 
the scone on the right has a drizzle of peanut butter glaze.  YUM!

No secret around there that scones are a family favorite -- and a staple. They are simple, quick and quite adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Mind you, my scones are not the fancy wedges you see at the bakery, although I suppose I could shape them that way. Being lazy, I just drop the dough onto a cookie sheet, like a drop biscuit, and they still turn out delicious. (And if you compare scone recipes with biscuit recipes, they are really quite similar!)

So, here is my basic recipe. I've included substitutions I've used in parentheses so you can see how flexible this recipe is. Please be aware that textures, flavors, etc. will all turn out differently when you substitute and/or add ingredients.
  • 1 3/4 cups flour (can substitute up to 1/2 cup of oats, whole wheat flour)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin spice, etc. (optional)
  • dash salt
  • 2/3 cup milk (heavy cream, half-and-half, eggnog, sour cream + a little water, yogurt)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (melted margarine, vegetable oil, vegetable shortening (not melted))
  • 1 cup add-ins, such as chopped apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips -- you get the idea. I always use more than 1 cup of add-ins for extra goodness.
  • optional toppings to be added before baking -- oats, brown sugar, cinnamon sugar, nuts, streusel toppings
  • optional toppings to be added after baking -- melted butter, powdered sugar glaze, powdered sugar
* Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
* Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
* Add milk and butter, plus add-ins, all at once to the dry ingredients.
* Stir only until blended. Over-mixing the dough will result in tough, dense scones.
* Drop dough onto cookie sheets . . . this recipe makes about 6 - 8 large scones, or 10 - 12 mini-scones. * * You can top with oats, sugar, nuts or whatever you like at his time.
* Bake 15 - 20 minutes (less for minis.) The scones will be brown around the edges and bottom, and golden on top.
* Top with icing, glaze or butter if desired.

Want more scone recipes? Here's a whole page of them. And here's a lovely pumpkin spice scone recipe -- delicious. If you try these out, please let me know how you like the recipe, and your results!

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