Last night after I got out of Media Ecology, I had some extra time and wanted to try a new recipe, but I was determined to avoid using my computer, so instead of checking out one of my favorite recipe sites for inspiration, I turned to this magnificent cook book, a gift from my boyfriend. After browsing for a few minutes, I found a recipe for scones that looked scrumptious and (equally importantly) only required ingredients that I already had, so I gave it a try. Oh my goodness – they were SO delicious! Although scone dough can be challenging to work with, the recipe is straightforward and the results are absolutely worth it.
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 12 slices
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup raisins (or other dried fruit), soaked in water to cover for 30 minutes, drained, and patted dry
Dump the dough out onto a work surface (I put the dough on a floured pastry cloth that I keep in my refrigerator) and roll it into a thick rope with your hands (it will be like a shaggy mass). Flatten it a little bit and use a bench knife to cut it into eight triangles. (Does this sound too vague? Just make them scone-sized! They’re like sweet, triangular biscuits.)
Transfer the scones onto an ungreased baking sheet, about an inch apart.