One of my all time favorite recipes. Whether you add fruit or chocolate or just leave these plain, they are delicious. I could eat them all day long. Served with a cup of coffee? Mercy! I'm a happy girl.
You will need:
3 cups of flour
1/3 heaping cup of sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup butter (1 and 1/2 sticks)
1 cup buttermilk
*optional 1 Tablespoon heavy cream for brushing
Preheat oven 400F. Makes about 16.
If you are feeling a bit lazy (like me) you can use your kitchen aid instead of a pastry blender or butter knives.
In your bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda.
Chop your butter into cubes and throw into the bowl. Turn kitchen aid to stir and mix until the butter is about the size of peas.
Add the buttermilk and mix until combined.
Dump onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two balls.
Pat each ball into 1 inch thick rounds. Next, cut each round into 8 wedges and place on a greased baking sheet.
Brush the tops with cream and bake for about 14 minutes or until lightly browned. It is easy for scones to overcook without realizing so keep an eye on them the last couple minutes.
Here are some of our favorite variations using the buttermilk scones recipe:
Cranberry Orange Scones:
If you would like to make a cranberry orange scone, add 3/4 cup dried cranberries to the mixture after the buttermilk. Once cooled, drizzle with a sweet orange glaze.
1 cup powdered sugar combined with a table spoon (or 2 depending on what consistency you prefer) freshly squeezed orange juice.
(Throw a little orange zest in if you're feeling fancy!)
Dark Chocolate Scones:
If you would like to make dark chocolate scones, add 1/2 to 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips, (mini dark chocolate chips or rough chop some dark chocolate bar) and add to the mixture after the buttermilk. In a separate bowl put 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar, mix. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and roll into sugar/cinnamon bowl then set on cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for around 12 minutes. Once scones have cooled drizzle with a dark chocolate drizzle. To make the drizzle melt 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips in double boiler on the stove or just use the microwave and heat in 30 second increments until chocolate is melted.
Also delicious with a fresh strawberry or two on top.
Pistachio & Honey Scones:
After brushing the still warm scones with a powdered sugar glaze, sprinkle crushed pistachios over the top. Let set for 10 minutes before drizzling honey.
Ginger & Lemon Scones:
Recipe can be found here.