Scones are a delicate and delicious sort of biscuit, slightly sweet, sometimes made with currants or blueberries. They are in the "quick bread" family, using baking powder as a leavening agent, and they can be mixed and baked in about 20 minutes. Scones are part of a traditional English tea, served with lemon curd, jam, and thickened or "clotted" cream, and also make a very civilized breakfast or afternoon snack.
2 & 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter, cold
3/4 cup heavy cream
*optional 1/4 cup currants, dried cranberries, or blueberries
Preheat oven to 425F. If you are using a baking stone, place it in the oven first. Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter, using a pastry blender.
Brush the tops with egg wash (I save 1-2 tbsp from the egg/cream mixture) and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Place on a cookie sheet (or directly on the pre-heated stone) and bake until golden, 12-15 minutes. Enjoy while warm with lemon curd and jam! Makes approximately 8 scones, depending on size.