Sunday, November 13, 2011

Scones Anyone?

I love to bake.
And, Scones are one of my favorite things to bake for breakfast or brunch.
Typically, I make them with dried cherries or cranberries.
Do you like scones?
If so, the recipe I like is from the Joy Of Cooking, one of my favorite cook books.

Cherry Scones and tea.

Easy and tasty, you have to try these!

Classic Scones (from The Joy Of Cooking)

Preheat oven to 425. Have ready an ungreased baking sheet.  Whisk together in a large bowl:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Drop in:
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Cut in butter with 2 knives or a pastry blender (I use a potato masher), toss pieces with flour, coat and separate as you work, until large pieces are the size of peas and the rest resemble breadcrumbs. Do not let butter melt or form a paste.
Stir in:
1/2 cup dried currants or dried cherries or dried cranberries. (or anything you'd like to try)
Whisk together, then add at once:
1 large egg
1/2 cup heavy cream (if I don't have heavy cream I use half and half)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
Mix with rubber spatula, wooden spoon or fork until dry ingredients are moistened. Gather dough into a ball and knead gently against the sides and bottom of the bowl 5-10 times, turning and pressing any loose pieces into dough into dough until they adhere and bowl is fairly clean. Transfer to lightly floured surface and pat dough into an 8" round about 3/4" thick. Cut into 8-12 wedges and place at least 1/2" apart on baking sheet.Brush tops with:
2-3 teaspoons cream or milk
If desired sprinkle tops with:
Cinnamon and sugar-I just use sugar
Place sheet on center rack of oven. Bake until tops are golden brown, 12-15 minutes.
Cool on rack or serve warm.

Hope you enjoy the scones!

Today I'm joining:


Claudia said...

I love scones. I used to make them all the time, but I haven't done that in quite a while!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I haven't made scones in a very long time. Pat

Martha said...

I love scones -- there is nothing better for tea!

Barb and Dell said...

I love scones but I've never made them. I don't do much cooking or baking since the kids are gone.
Have a great week!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I haven't made scones in such a long time! I love the texture. Thanks for reminding me of them!

Miz Helen said...

I love a great scone with my tea and your scones look delicious. I love you Tea Pot, I have one just like it in lavender. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week!
Miz Helen

Cindy said...

Your recipe sounds good, I made four dozen scones last weekend for our ladies tea at church. I put raisins in some of them.
Hugs, Cindy

kitty said...

I do LOVE scones for breakfast. These sound wonderful.

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Lynn,

Great photos!
We love scones too!
I have the Joy of Cooking as well it is one of my favorite!
All the Best,

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Looks very tasty indeed.

Pattie T. said...

Scones are one of my favorite things to bake too. I recently bought the new book from Hoffman Media called Tea and Scones -- great recipes and what eye candy!

Privet and Holly said...

My top favorite
is Ina Garten {The
Barefoot Contessa's}
Scones, because they
are moist, which isn't
always typical of a
scone : ) ! I love scones
at this time of year
and will have to try
yours and compare,

xx Suzanne

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love scones! But have never made them. Maybe for the holidays I'll give it a try. Yours certainly look yummy and the recipe doesn't seem too complicated. Now where's that tea kettle?

Jann Olson said...

Hi Lynn,
I am a scone lover also. I sure don't make them very often. Like I can't remember the last time. Just happen to have dried cherries in my pantry. Actually, I think I have a scone mix I bought from a Grand daughter as a fund raiser a yera ago. wonder if they're still good? I best get bakin!

Rosemary said...

Yum are there any left?

Erin said...

Mmmm...delicious! You can't go wrong with The Joy of Baking...I love its recipe for melting moments, too.

Erin @ Carolina Country Living
(visiting from Momma Hen's Coop)

MommaHen said...

Ya know, I've never had a scone. Are they biscuit like?

Ana said...

Yummy Lynn, they look delish. I love scones...I'll have to give this recipe a try...Thanks for sharing...oh and thank you so much for your very sweet comment. Made my day. Have a wonderful evening.

Hugs and Kisses,

Miz Helen said...

I am so excited that you brought these wonderful scones to share with us. My very best wishes to you and your family for a blessed Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
Miz Helen

Cindy said...

Lynn, would you believe I just had my very first scone a couple days ago? A blueberry one and I loved it! Thanks for this recipe - I'm going to try making some soon.
Hugs, Cindy

Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

I love scones - these look delicious!