How to Make Scones
Scones are a nice easy, but delicious treat to surprise your friends and family with. They are delightful as a breakfast treat, but can be eaten at any time of day. If you really want to make a special occasion bake these scones and serve to your friends with devonshire cream, jam and nice hot tea. Enjoying tea time with your friends can be a great way to catch-up and you and your friends are guaranteed to come away with special memories.
You will need:
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 large eggs
1/3 - 1/2 cup dried currants
The classic scone is made with dried currents. However, if you are not a fan of currents they can be replaced with raisins or other types of dried fruit.
Start by preheating your oven to 450 degrees. Next in a large bowl or food processor mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Cut the butter into pieces and mix into the dry ingredients, either using the food processor or a pastry blender. Don't overprocess your butter and dry ingredients. It should look like course meal with some larger lumps of butter.
Now slightly beat the eggs, then working quickly blend the egg, cream and currents with a spatula (if you are working by hand). You want your dough to be soft and slightly wet, but not overblended. If you are working with a food processor add the eggs and currents to the wet ingredients, then with the processor running pour the cream into the mixture. Be very careful not to overprocess especially when using a food processor, the dough should just be starting to gather into a ball when you remove it.
Place the dough onto a floured surface. Roll out the dough into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Using either floured biscuit cutter or a knife cut the dough into biscuit rounds or wedges. If you are cutting wedges you won't have to worry about gathering the scraps, rolling out the dough again and cutting out the last of the scones, which you will need to do if you are using a biscuit cutter.
Your scones should be approximately 1/2 inch apart on a greased baking sheet. To finish, you can glaze with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar, or brush the tops with cream or milk. Place your baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the tops of the scones are golden brown.
Remove from the oven, allow to cool or serve warm.