Simple Scones

During the Thanksgiving holiday my aunt Roann taught me how to make scones.  I was very excited about this because they are one of my favorite items to eat with coffee.  Not to sweet, dry enough to make you want to have another sip of coffee. mmmm

The best part is they are simple and quick.  If you have 20 minutes, you can whip these up.

First mix 2 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.

Now cut in 1/3 cup cold butter (this part I love because I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to make something NOW and it calls for softened butter).
It will resemble coarse meal when you are done.
Her recipe calls for sour cream but since we have lactose intolerant folks at my house and realistically I hardly ever have sour cream, I use yogurt.  I have used plain and vanilla flavored and can’t tell the difference. 
Mix in 1/3 cup yogurt and one slightly beaten egg.

At this point you can mix in optional dried fruit.  I hardly consider this optional.  I mean a scone without a little treat in it is just well, lame.  Aunt Roann says only use dried fruit.  She has tried fresh and it didn’t work out so well!  The recipe calls for 2/3 cups but I have yet to measure it.  I just throw in the fruit until it looks fairly distributed.
After you have it mixed, push it together with your hands in the bowl so it all sticks together:
Turn the dough out on to a slightly floured surface and knead 4 or 5 times.  It isn’t a pie crust so you don’t have to be super gentle. 🙂
Sprinkle a little flour on your pizza pan and smush the dough into a circle.  It doesn’t need to be perfect but a uniform height is desired for even baking.  Take a butter knife and cut into the size pieces you would like.
Now run the butter knife under a slice and use as a spatula to pull each one out to the edge of your pan.  They will rise and take up more space while baking.  I forgot to grab a picture of this but you can tell in the next picture what I mean.
Brush the tops and sides with milk.  Apparently I need a smaller pastry brush, the only one I could locate was for grilling! 
Sprinkle with sugar…or cinnamon and sugar….use your imagination.  🙂
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 14-16 minutes.  The milk and sugar will brown the edges and give them a slight sweetness.
Most importantly, enjoy with a hot cup of coffee!
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup yogurt or sour cream
1 egg, slightly beaten
2/3 cup dried fruit (optional)

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