English Scones

English Scones

Prep Time

 

Cook Time

10 minutes

Serves

 
English Scones

English Scones Recipe. Serve these fine scones with strawberry jam or a berry butter.

If you like, add no more than 1/2 cup chopped plumped dried apricots, whole raisins, chopped crystallized ginger or semisweet chocolate morsels to the dough just before kneading. Fresh blueberries, dried cranberries, or chopped walnuts or pecans are also good additions.

 Tip: Serve these fine scones with strawberry jam or a berry butter. If you like, add no more than 1/2 cup chopped plumped dried apricots, whole raisins, chopped crystallized ginger or semisweet chocolate morsels to the dough just before kneading. Fresh blueberries, dried cranberries, or chopped walnuts or pecans are also good additions.

Recipe Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma. Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles Series, “Brunch Entertaining (Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles , Vol 13, No 20).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup milk

Preparation

  • 1 Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with solid vegetable shortening.
  • 2 In a food processor, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, sugar and salt. Pulse to combine. Add the butter and use on-off pulses until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer to a bowl.
  • 3 Alternatively, in a bowl, stir together the dry ingredients. Then, using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • 4 Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the milk. Using a fork, mix together until a soft elastic dough forms.
  • 5 Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead 5 or 6 times until the dough is smooth. Roll out about 3/4 inch thick. Using a scallop-edged cookie cutter 3 inches in diameter, cut out rounds. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  • 6 Bake the scones until they rise and are golden brown on top, about 10 minutes. Serve hot.
  • 7 Makes 8 to 10 scones.

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