My friend Kimberly came for tea this morning with her sweet little boys. We drank Yorkshire Gold tea, sat on the floor and played with all the Little People I keep around for Ava and any other little people who come to visit, and ate scones.
Can't remember if I've shared this recipe before (if I have it's been a long time), so here's my standard scone recipe:
In the food processor, pulse together:
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, chilled
Then mix together and add to the flour mixture:
1/2 cup buttermilk (I often use powdered buttermilk for this--it works great)
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Then add whatever fruit, nut, chocolate combination you like. My favorites include:
dried pear, white chocolate, walnuts (today's combination!)
dried cherries, pecans, dark chocolate
dried cranberries, pecans, candied orange peel
Knead on a floured board, shape into a flat circle, and cut into 8 wedges. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees. Let cool for a few minutes, then recut and serve. Makes 8 scones.
(These make BIG scones. You can divide the dough in half and make two smaller circles to make 16 smaller scones--something I often do.)
Make these plain for a super strawberry shortcake base. Mmmm...