Simple Scones

The scone is a small British quick bread (or cake if recipe includes sugar) of Scottish origin. Scones are especially popular in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada, but are eaten in many other countries. They are usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, with baking powder as a leavening agent. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea.

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Simple Scones

2 cups of flour  (use whatever comb. you desire. I used 1/2 c wheat and 1  1/2 c of white)

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 Tablespoons cold butter, chopped

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup sour cream

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

1 teaspoon additional sugar

Mix first 5 ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.  Add chopped butter and blend with pastry blender until it is the texture of coarse meal. Add in chocolate chips.

In a small bowl combine egg, vanilla, and sour cream.

Add to flour mixture and mix together until large clumps of dough form.

Then using your hands work the dough until a ball forms.

Place dough on a floured surface and pat unto a 8 inch circle.  Cut into 8 wedges.  Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of sugar.

Bake at 400*F for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

This is a wonderful basic scone recipe and there are many variations to it…

Dried cranberries and 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest

Dried cherries and white chocolate chips

Blueberries and lemon zest

Hazelnuts and toffee chips

The options are endless.

Be Creative!

*recipe from allrecipes

Oatmeal Bread

Heat 4cups of water and oil to 120-130 degrees (F)

In a bowl mix 4 cups whole wheat flour, 3 packages yeast, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 Tablespoons salt and 4 eggs.

Pour water and oil over dry ingredients mix and beat 2 minutes at medium speed.  Add 2 cups whole wheat flour beat 2 minutes on high speed.  Stir in  (as much as you can) 6-7 cups white flour and 1 cup oatmeal. Knead for 10 minutes adding in flour that you couldn’t stir in and any additional flour so that the dough isn’t sticky.  Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise in warm place for an hour. 

Punch down shape into four loaves.  Grease loaf pans.  Place dough in pans, sprinkle with oatmeal, and cover.  Place in warm place and let rise for an hour or until doubled.

Place loaves in pre-heated 375 degree oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

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