Saturday, November 19, 2011

Saturday Morning Scones!

scones are one of my favourite breakfast treats. made with basic pantry ingredients. creating nourishment for my family. smelling the aromas of fresh baking mixed with some sort of fruit or chocolate for really special days. the labour of love for many B&B owners. a baking tradition at its best. a family tradition I pass to my kids from my grandmother.

I share with you my family recipe so you too may have a Saturday Scone!

Basic Saturday Scone Recipe

1/2 C granulated sugar
2 C sifted all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening (or butter)
1 C raisins (or other dried fruit, my fav is tart cherry)
1 large egg
1C orange juice

Set the raisins to soak in the orange juice. Into a large bowl measure sugar, sifted flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt. Cut the shortening into these dry ingredients with a pastry blender until the size of peas. Now add the egg and raisins and orange juice and give a few stirs to mix and blend.
Pick the dough up between your palms and shape into a ball and pat out on a floured board to a 10 x 14" oblong. Cut in half lengthwise then cut into 12 even squares. Cut each square diagonally to form 24 triangle. Pick each one up carefully on lifter and transfer to 2 greased cookie sheets, about 1" apart. Carefully sprinkle top of each with 1/2 tsp sugar. Bake at 375F about 12 minutes. Do not over bake. Serve warm.