Sunday, September 13, 2009

Scones are underrated

I am so glad i made these instead of croissants if for no other reason but they have three less sticks of butter. Also, they take something like ten seconds to make. I dont make them enough, because i forget about them, but a fresh scone is the best, most satisfying and comforting breakfast. I amde these ones with chocolate chips because i was thinking of the husband guy, but normally i would either leave them plain or add a fruit of some kind. i have some fresh blackberries (or black rasberries, one of the two) in the garden and maybe when these are gone, i will make the next one with those. Also, I searched for a recipe (which i use as a guide, rather than a set formula) online and after looking at 100 people who just quoted Paula Deen i gave up and used my memory. I don't really like paula deens style of artery clogging thank you.

I think scones are underrated. they are one of the easiest things to bake in the world. they are so versatile, they can be made with almost anything from sweet to savory, cheese to chocolate and any kind of fruit imaginable, dried or fresh. it can be glazed, or crusted with sugar or cheese, or plain. they are not too sweet, soft, and flaky. they go great with coffee or tea in the morning. and did i menation they take about a second and a half to make? and hardly any mess either.. at least compared to my other endeavors.

Guess what. they are pretty much baking powder biscuits.

  • 2 cups flour of choice
  • 1/3 cup sugar of choice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. slice the butter into thin pats and with your hands, work it into the mix, as it breaks up, run it between your hands like you are a mischevious kid, rubbing your hands together while waiting to cause havoc on your little sibling... thats the best way i can describe it. when the butter is no longer visible, and the mix has turned a slightly golden color, add the chocolate, then the sour cream and egg. mix until it all starts to come together. scone dough is sticky. in the end you may have to use your hands. form into a ball. flatten onto a cookie sheet, with your hands, to about 3/4 inches thick. slice like a pizza, into 8 wedges. do not seperate. place in a 400 degree oven about 15-18 minutes, until slightly golden. serve warm or cool. i prefer cool. or warm. definately.

Variations: anything you can think up
fruit, cheese and herbs, plain. whatever.

glaze with a simple powdered sugar glaze
sprinkle with course sugar or sugar in the raw

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