I have been in search of the perfect scone recipe. I just wanted a plain scone that I could dress with some lovely strawberry lavender preserves that I got from Terra Verde Farms booth at the local Farmer's Market.
Terra Verde Farms' specialty foods are hand made by them in small batches from recipes that have been in their family for generations. They want you to remember what a ripe peach, blackberry, or tomato tastes like. Their artisan foods enable you to close your eyes and remember Aunt Annie's Wild Plum Preserves, Grandma's Peach Cobblers, or that juicy, plump, fresh picked blackberry you snuck into your mouth instead of putting in your pail. Check them out!
These scones go beautifully with the preserves. With the bright flavors of strawberries and the subtle hint of lavendar, the preserves are off the chart!
These are now my favorite scone. Light and fluffy but with a crunchy outside layer. I challenge you to come up with a better recipe!
adapted from Alton Brown
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup cream
Sugar for sprinkling on top.
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix well. Cut in butter and shortening. In a separate bowl, combine cream with beaten egg then add to dry ingredients. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. If you have a cast iron skillet, I recommend using it. I was fortunate enough to have a cast iron scone pan.
If you don't, you can roll dough out and cut into biscuit size rounds.
Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 15 minutes or until brown.