Tale of Two Scones

Do you know what a scone is?  It is not the little triangle cookies that Wegmans sells. (although those are pretty tasty!)

They are scottish biscuit that one enjoys with a nice cup of tea and a big hat.  If you don’t have the tea that’s ok, the big hat will do.

But if you don’t have a big hat–forget about it. No scone.

If you enjoy those Bisquick biscuits (say those words 20x fast) you probably like scones. They are crunchy, puffy, softy, lovliness all in one fancy name.  And the best are triangular.

*or awkward shaped..check out Mr. Lower Right*

Here’s a better picture: (these are different scones though, made these today for the coffee shop at my church) They are based off of this recipe.

White Chocolate Cranberry Orange.

3 cups flour

1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cold butter-cubed. (or you could use a little less I suppose if you’re crazy.)

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

zest of 1 orange

1 cup milk, cream, (or eggnog!)

juice of that orange+as much powdered sugar is needed to make the glaze.

Preheat oven to 425.  Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and zest in a large bowl and whisk together.  Cut in the butter till mixture is coarse, then stir in the milk (or the Elf Nectar) just till combined.  Turn dough out on a floured surface and form into a large thick wheel, transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and cut the wheel into triangles.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, just watch them to be golden.  After they’re cooled feel free to drizzle with the orange glaze or just devour.

*If the first few pictures of scones seem more your style than the orange glazed above-make these, but add in chopped dried apricots and about 1/2 cup chopped almond paste to the batter.  Brush the scones, pre-baking, with milk and sprinkle with sugar.



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