I just love scones. Freshly baked and slightly crumbly, with a little pat of butter, they make a lovely simple breakfast or snack. Of course I've had truly bad scones...stiff as a cardboard and just as tasteless. But a well made scone, as Martha Stewart would say, is "a good thing" albeit hard to find. So for a while I went on a scone baking spree and this recipe has become my favorite. I'm not even sure where I found it but it has never failed :-)
Fifteen minutes for prep and 15-18 minutes for baking. That's all you need and you have fresh baked goods sitting on your breakfast table in no time at all. Today, I made some to bring to work (since I start at 10 a.m.)...
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/4 cup heavy cream (NOT reduced fat)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
2. Add cream and vanilla.
3. Mix until everything comes together and knead 4-5 times.
4. Pat into a circle about an inch thick.
5. Cut into 8 slices (like a pizza) .
6. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 16-18 minutes.
This recipe lends itself to infinite variations. Sometimes I'd sprinkle raw sugar on top before baking. Or glaze with a cream/confectioners sugar mixture. You can use raisins (like I did today) or dried cranberries (my favorite). You can add nuts, orange or lemon zest, flax seeds, chocolate chips. If you think about it, this would be an excellent way to unleash your creative potential. Enjoy! :-)