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Fresh Scones and Hot Tea

Scones_Tea_0003It’s a rainy fall weekend, the kind that I spend wearing comfy sweaters and oversized wool socks. After a great Friday night spent celebrating the wedding of friends, this morning Rob and I took Meadow for a long walk around Bruce Pit dog park. It was cool and a little drizzly, and when we came back I had the urge to bake, so bake I did!

Bacon was on sale last week and inspired me to finally try making scones. I used a basic recipe and then added crumbled bacon, green onions, and shredded sharp cheddar for the ultimate comfort food. This may just be my new favourite easy/impressive thing to make! Flaky on the outside and moist on the inside. I love it when baked goods look like they’re really challenging to make but are actually very simple!

Recipe for scones (From Better Homes and Gardens “Anyone Can Bake” cookbook)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine:
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

Using a pastry blender (or, like me, a knife) cut in 1/3 cup of cold butter into the mixture until butter resembles coarse crumbs. In a smaller bowl, combine:
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¾ cup of whipping cream
½ cup dried currents or raisins (I substituted the 1/3 cup of crumbled bacon, 1/3 cup of finely chopped green onions, and 1/3 cup of sharp cheddar cheese)

Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and combine with a fork until just moistened. Then, on a lightly floured surface, knead dough by folding and gently pressing for 10-12 strokes or until dough is nearly smooth. Divide dough in half and pat or lightly roll into two 6-inch circles (mine were about 1-inch thick at this point). Cut into 6 wedges and brush with additional whipping cream. If you’re making a sweeter scone (with fruit, for example), sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden. Serve warm, ideally! Makes 12 scones.


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