Jan 31, 2017

Easy Bridal Shower Scones

Perfect for a bridal shower, but to be honest, I make these simple raisin scones all the time. And I follow this recipe as shown (courtesy of All Recipes) except for one or two changes that make it easy and more fun for me. Always use cold butter, the colder the better. Yes, it's a little more effort (than softened butter) to work into the dough to make coarse little crumbs, but the results will be moist and delicious. A box grater for butter? Just use a knife and slice up the butter in as many small pieces as you like to add to the flour mixture. (I'd rather change a flat tire than clean butter out of a box grater.) Always sprinkle a little white sugar on top of your scones before baking, whether you ice them or not. And if you're not a big fan of raisins, try using 1/2 cup of dried apricots, cherries, cranberries, or blueberries instead.

 
Scones:
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.

Stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7 or 8 inch circle about 3/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with a little bit of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.  Serve warm if you can, they're delicious!

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