It’s time for tea (scones)!

Just kidding. It’s not actually tea time and for my family, scones are usually eaten in the mornings for breakfast instead of at the traditional time of 4 o’ clock. 

I’d like to share with you one of my favorite scones recipes because it comes together quickly, comes from the healthier end of the scone spectrum, and just plain tastes delicious. 


It just so happens that it comes from Harrods, the fancy department store in London. 


Who knew that they were so simple? 


I’ve tried to create a mini recipe tutorial by taking photos along the way. 

Harrods Scones
 
3 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
2 T. baking powder
6 T. cold butter, cut into small pieces
6 T. sugar
1/2 c. golden raisins
1 c. milk

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir the flour and baking powder together until well blended. Using a pastry cutter, 2 knives, or your fingers, cut or rub the butter in until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the sugar and raisins and mix well. Quickly stir in the milk to make a firm dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead lightly until smooth. Roll out to a 3/8-in. thickness and cut into 2-in. rounds with a pastry cutter. Place the scones 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet, brush with a little milk, and bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Let cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve warm. Makes about 12 scones.
 



 Left: Dry ingredients (flour, baking powder) mixed together
Above: Around 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Make do with what you have.

Use a pastry cutter to break the butter into small chunks. 





 After you’ve cut the butter into the dry ingredients, it looks like this.
Add 1 cup milk (1%,2%-whatever you have) and mix well.
Add about 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (pizzazz options below). Fold in blueberries using your hands. 




I chose to shape bigger scones with my hands because I was too lazy to use a biscuit cutter. I also use a silicon baking sheet to bake in an environmentally friendly manner and minimize clean up (silicon baking sheets can be put in the dishwasher). 
Unbaked scone zoomed in

 

 
Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
 
 
A tray of scones fresh out of the oven. Mmmmmmm.


Ways to add some pizzazz:

  • Add 1/2 cup of a different add-in such as raisins, chocolate chips, frozen blackberries, or dried cranberries
  • Add a few tablespoons of sweetened coconut flakes for a tropical taste
  • Substitute 1 cup of flour with 3/4 cup whole wheat flour or 1 cup white whole wheat flour for a healthy, hearty twist
  • Reinvent the recipe to be orange cranberry scones by adding the zest of one orange, a tablespoon of juice from that orange, and adding dried cranberries

Enjoy!

 



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