Scones for the Holidays (or for any great morning)

24 11 2009

Recipe makes 12 large scones (you can cut down the scones to the desired size)


1 ½ cups bleached all purpose flour

1 ½ cups dry oatmeal

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons or 1 stick unsalted butter

1 ½ cups raisins (You can use any kind. A variety of colors makes beautiful scones).

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon sugar mixed with ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Parchment paper


Preheat your oven to 450 degrees

Set out your butter to ensure it becomes soft. 

Using the food processor, pulse the raisins to avoid whole raisins or chop with a knife. 

Place a piece of parchment paper on your pan.

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, mix thoroughly by hand or pulse with a mixer 5 times. 

Cut the softened butter into 12 pieces and add to the mixture. Ok, I will let you in on a secret, I fork in my butter, but my dad uses the mixer.  When using a fork to add the butter, the process takes longer and requires a bit more energy, but I truly enjoy every second. You also want to make sure that all of the butter is not clumped but rather evenly distributed among the dry ingredients. Basically, you want the ingredients to resemble a fine meal.   

At this point, you want to add your raisins and milk.  This creates soft, wet dough. 

Clearing a work space, cover the area with additional flour and work in the flour until the dough is less sticky.  This often requires more flour than you would imagine and practice makes perfect. 

Make a circle with the dough and flatten it to about an inch thick. Cut the dough into four quarters.  Using a knife cut the quarter down into smaller pieces and place on your pan. (see picture). 

Bake the scones for 10-15 minutes depending upon your oven.  I have a gas oven and things cook quickly, as a result, these only take 10 minutes for me.  Optimally, you should be able to stick a toothpick in scone and pull it out without any dough hanging on for the ride.  Avoid a dry scone, which occurs when they are left in the oven too long. 

After the scones cool, make icing out of powdered sugar and water and drizzle over the top (see picture above).   

Happy Feasting! We eat these year round and everyone especially loves them around the holidays.

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