Monday, February 20, 2012

Classic Currant Scones

One of the reasons scones are so good: the amount of butter.

One reason these scones are better than the average scone: they have butter and heavy cream.

 Perfect for a long weekend.

Classic Currant Scones

from The Joy of Cooking

Position a rack in the center of the oven.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Have ready a large ungreased  baking sheet.  Whisk together thoroughly in a large bowl:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Drop in:
6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Cut the butter into the dry ingredients, until the largest pieces are the size of peas.  Do not allow the butter to melt or form a paste with the flour.
Stir in:
1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
Whisk together and then add all at once:
1 large egg
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp grated orange zest (optional)
Mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  Gather the dough into a ball and knead it gently against the sides and bottom of the bowl 5 to 10 times, turning and pressing any loose pieces into the dough each time until they adhere and the bowl is fairly clean.  Transfer to a lightly floured surface and pat the dough  into an 8-inch round about 3/4 inch thick.  Cut into 8 or 12 wedges and place at least 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet.  Brush the tops with:
2 to 3 teaspoons heavy cream or milk
If desired, sprinkle tops with:
cinnamon and sugar
Bake until the tops are golden brown and, 12 to 15 minutes.  Let cool on a rack or serve warm.

I think scones are going to become a frequent Sunday morning breakfast in our house.  But I wasn't the only one who had breakfast plans for the long weekend- my dad made amazing waffles this morning!

We always eat waffles with vanilla syrup, which is what he grew up eating.  It's basically a hot mixture of butter, sugar, and vanilla, and oh so good. 

Pair both breakfasts with plenty of coffee.  We may or may not have gone through two pots this morning...but it's a holiday. :)

After a leisurely morning, my dad and I jumped on our bikes and met one of his friends from work for a ride.  It was a little cold for my taste, but we had a good few hours on the trail, stopping to refuel at Starbucks like all good cyclists.

Enjoy your Presidents Day!


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