Wednesday, October 13, 2010

English Scones

We decided scones would be a great "traditionally English" recipe to try as well, so we did. We couldn't really tell the difference between regular biscuits (except for a bit more sugar) and they weren't fried like the scones my mom made on Sunday evening, but they were still good. And they were super simple and quick to make.

Traditional English Scones
(at least according to the recipe submitter on All Recipes)

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/4 cup butter
2-4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup milk
Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Cut/rub in butter. Mix in sugar. Add milk and stir gently. Knead no more than 8-10 times on a floured surface. Roll/pat out to 3/4" thick and cut with 2" round cookie cutter. Alternatively, pat into a flat circle and score wedges. Brush with milk and bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Serve with clotted cream and jam. Alternative add-ins could include currants or raisins, orange zest and dried cranberries, blueberries, or mini chocolate chips.

We also noticed in other recipes that the cream of tartar and baking soda could be substituted with 2 teaspoons baking powder. We tried both variations and didn't notice a difference. Just so you know.

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