Oct 28, 2008

Cream Scones

2 cups AP flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup raisins
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup whipping cream (can substitute half and half)
1/4 cup water or milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 400. Grease round baking sheet. Mix first 6 ingredients (dry), add butter and mix until blended. Add raisins. In separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Stir wet ingredients into dry, just until blended. Pat to 1/2" thick circle, cut into 8 wedges and place on lightly greased baking sheet. Brush with additional cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 400 for 15 to 18 minutes until golden.

Best warm, with a little butter and either jam or honey, but they freeze incredibly well. Wrap frozen scone in a paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds.

Note: can add orange peel and serve with Orange Butter (1/2 cup butter blended with 2 tbsp. orange marmalade) Can also substitute craisins or dried blueberries for raisins.

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