I'm so happy!! :) I love scones and have been working on a recipe that meets with my approval utilizing my Baking Mix. Well, here it is! It seems the secret to scones, as opposed to biscuits, is adding an egg and using heavy cream instead of milk. This gives a lighter, more tender result. Also, make sure to handle the dough gently; otherwise, the scones will be tough.
The basic recipe can be used for plain Cream Scones or you can add fruit and a Streusel Topping like I did here. Next week, I'm going to experiment with Cinnamon Nut Scones using walnuts, pecans, almonds and a little almond extract.
2 cups Baking Mix
1/3 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium bowl, stir together Baking Mix and sugar. Cut in butter until it resembles small peas. Make a well in the center. In a separate bowl, combine heavy cream, egg and vanilla; mix well. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry and mix lightly until incorporated. Do not overmix.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for 4 or 5 turns. Roll or pat dough into a circle 7 inches in diameter. Cut into 6 or 8 wedges and place on a baking sheet. Make sure to leave enough room between the scones as they will rise a bit and spread out. Brush the top of each scone with a little heavy cream.
Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes until golden brown.
I pressed some frozen blueberries into each scone after cutting them out and then sprinkled some Streusel Topping over them after brushing with the heavy cream.
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons cold butter
Mix all together. Top each scone lightly with a little topping before baking. Store extra streusel in refrigerator and use up in a week.
One of the problems I have with a lot of scones out there is that they are heavy and dry. These are moist, light, not overly sweet and the Streusel Topping adds a nice little crunch. Of course, the addition of the blueberries is heavenly! I knew I had a winner when Jerry said, "Hey, these are really good!" You see, he's not a real big fan of scones. :)
I am going to start going to the St. David Farmer's Market at the beginning of June and I am going to add a couple of types of scones to my table. Linking up with Heidi and Dolly for The Country Homemaker Hop.