I just made some homemade blueberry jam the other day, and what better to have with jam than homemade scones. This recipe is nice because it is easy to make, delicious, and a good base recipe if you want to add other ingredients. I plan on making another batch this week and adding chocolate chips. You could add fruit, nuts, chocolate, or whatever your heart desires. These scones are moist and have a nice slightly sweet taste.
The key to making scones and biscuits is to use cold butter and to grate the butter with a cheese grater. Butter is quite slippery and will get warm from the heat of your hands, so keep it in the wrapper as best you can.
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup cold butter
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk or half and half
Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Grate the butter and cut it into the dry mixture with a pasty cutter or a fork and knife. I finally got a new pastry cutter! Woohoo! For those of you that read my blogs know that I have been without one for quite some time.
Put the beaten egg in a measuring cup and then fill to the 1 cup mark with the milk or half and half. I used a combination of half and half and milk. Mix the two together and add a little at a time to the dry mixture. You shouldn’t have to use all of it.
The dough shouldn’t be too moist, just add enough so that the dough will stick together once kneaded. It won’t look like it will in the bowl, but you can tell by using your hands and squeezing some together.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead until it comes together. Roll the dough into a circle about a 1/2″ thick.
Use a pizza cutter or a knife to cut the dough into 8 pieces, this made very large scones. If you would like them smaller divide the dough in half, then roll it out and cut into 8 pieces.
Place the scones on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until brown.
Then enjoy plain or with some jam! Yum!