Monday, September 26, 2011

Scrumptious Scones

I love to bake almost as much as I love to cook.

I haven't had time to bake much, and I don't like doing it in the summer when the house heats up.  But now, the weather's turning cooler, and I need desserts for lunch boxes and bread for sandwiches. And these scones.  They're fairly easy, and oh, so good.  I think you could freeze some, but they just don't last long enough around here for that.  I've included my favorite flavor combo - Craisins & white chocolate chips - feel free to share any flavor combos you experimented with in the comments!

Scrumptious Scones
1 c. sour cream (not fat-free)
1 tsp. baking soda
4 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. salt
1 c. unsalted butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. Craisins
1/4-1/2 c. white chocolate chips

In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and baking soda, and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two large baking sheets.  In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and cream of tartar. Cut in the butter. Stir in the sour cream mixture, egg, and vanilla into the flour mixture until just moistened. Mix in Craisins & white chocolate chips.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.  Divide in half; form each half into a ball, and then roll or pat each ball into a 3/4 inch thick round.  Cut into 10 wedges, and place each scone 2” apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown on the bottom.  Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.  Enjoy!

P.S.  Other flavor ideas:  cinnamon chips, mint extract & chocolate chips, almond extract & strawberries, etc.

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