Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Pure Bliss!

Pure Bliss!

When daily living affords a few moments, what can be more wonderful than sitting for a spell with a cup of tea and a favorite magazine?

How about an English scone to complete the teatime pleasures ? The following recipe is my all time favorite, one I’ve used for almost 25 years.

English Cream Scones

2 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
¼ cup butter (not margarine!)
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk, cream, (or water if you have none)

This recipe is so easy and so quick to make. Just grab your largest bowl and forget using a mixmaster on this one for an easier clean up. Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until mealy. Reserve one egg white. Beat the rest of the eggs together in a bowl. Stir the milk into the egg mix. Make a well in the dry ingredients center stirring vigorously until dough comes free from the side of the bowl. Here is the gross part, I usually use my hands at this point. Pat to a ¾ inch thickness. Cut in circles or squares if preferred after rolling out on a countertop, but here’s my super easy tip, I just drop spoonfuls of batter onto a greased cookie sheet and form a bit to make a nice shaped scone. They are consumed far too quickly around here to fuss too much over them anyhow, unless we are having company and the children prefer they look more formal for serving with jam and whipping cream. Yum!

Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Variations; Add a cup of grated cheddar cheese, some chopped up apple, or whatever your addition pleasure might be. I’ve also used yogurts with success instead of milk, or applesauce.

Enjoy and let me know how you do.