Saturday, March 15, 2014

Best Ever Scones

Last Wednesday, I had the great pleasure of speaking to a fabulous group of women known as the Commerce Club.  I am a member of this group but let me just tell you, I feel like a boy among men, or more appropriately a girl among women.  This group of professional women are smart, educated, articulate, creative, and each one accomplished in their respective fields.  So why they asked me to speak, I'm not sure but I was honored to have the opportunity.  We had the best time together.    I talked about Spring Entertaining and shared several recipes.  I mentioned this recipe and then didn't have a printed copy to give.  So Commerce Club ladies (and all blog readers) below is the best recipe I've ever come across for scones.   These would be perfect for a Mother's Day Tea or a baby or bridal shower.   For some reason, scones seem to intimidate some but please don't let it get the best of you.  This recipe is easy and the results are amazing.  I've listed several options for additions but feel free to make it your own.  You'll be glad you did!

1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup of raisins, dried cranberries, blueberries, blackberries or chocolate chips (optional)

In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and baking soda, and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Cut in the butter. Stir the sour cream mixture and egg into the flour mixture until just moistened. Mix in the raisins (or whatever you prefer).
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly. Roll or pat dough into a 3/4 inch thick round. Cut into 12 wedges, and place them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown on the bottom.

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