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Simple Recipe for Scones (with variations)

I love scones. I don't think I've ever bothered to make them before, and while they might be a little on the messy side, they're completely worth it. This recipe is very versatile and super easy. Make a batch fresh, mix up the dry ingredients and put them in a jar, print a recipe card with the instructions, and put everything in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon, a serving dish, a nice kitchen towel, and you've got a wonderful hostess gift.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
8 Tbs cold butter (one stick - can be frozen)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg
1-2 Tbs granulated sugar for top

Preheat oven to 400° F. Combine first 5 ingredients (all dry) in medium bowl. Cut butter(or grate on the large holes of a box grater if frozen) into flour mixture; use hands to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use hands to press the dough against bowl into a ball (the dough will be very sticky). Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and pat into a circle about 3/4-inch thick. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles (wiggle the knife a bit to make a slight gap) and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Cranberry-Orange Scones
Follow the recipe for Simple Scones, adding a generous teaspoon of finely grated orange rind (zest) to the dry ingredients and substituting dried cranberries for the raisins.

Lemon-Blueberry Scones
Follow the recipe for Simple Scones, adding a generous teaspoon of finely grated lemon rind (zest) to the dry ingredients and substituting dried blueberries for the raisins.

Cherry-Almond Scones
Follow the recipe for Simple Scones, adding 1/2 tsp. almond extract to the sour cream mixture and substituting dried cherries for the raisins.

Other possibilities:

Chocolate chips and vanilla
White chocolate chips and dried cranberries
Pecans and cinnamon
Hazelnuts and chocolate chips
Espresso and chocolate chips
Pumpkin and cinnamon (or raisins... or both)
Currants and vanilla


et cetera ... Obviously the list could go on forever. Take what you love and make the recipe your own! I made a batch this morning with Craisins and almond extract and they turned out beautifully. Sophie, B, and I all loved them.

Enjoy!

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