Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hands On - Buttermilk Scones

I just posted a video on You Tube showing how to make buttermilk scones.
Here is the recipe and a few comments.

4 cups flour (I like to use some whole wheat pastry flour for extra nutrition.  Or you can use all white flour.)
2 T. sugar
1 1/2 T. baking powder (that is the same as 4 1/2 t.)
1 t. baking soda
1 t. kosher salt
2/3 cup butter (that is just about 11 T.  One stick is 8 T.)  -- cold and cut into 1/2 cubes
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (approx.  I often find I need an extra 1/4 cup or so depending on the flour I am using.)
Egg wash - optional - 1 egg, beaten well with 1/4 cup milk
raw sugar for sprinkling on top

Mix dry ingredients well in a large bowl.  Cut in butter with pastry cutter or two knives or work quickly with fingertips.  Add buttermilk and blend with a fork until dough clings together into a shaggy mass.  Put dough on to floured surface and knead a few times.  Divide into three pieces and knead a little more, forming two "patties".  Cut each into six wedges.
Brush with egg wash and sprinkle on sugar.  Place on baking sheet - best to lightly grease or use parchment paper, depending on the surface of the sheet you use.  Bake about 10 minutes at 425 degrees - until lightly browned.
If you don't eat these the first day, wrap well and freeze.  They reheat beautifully.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE buttermilk and I love scones, the ultimate comfort food!

    Here's another scone recipe from "The Winnie-the-Pooh Teatime Cookbook", which we bought for my son when he was five, to make him happy.


    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup whole-wheat flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp nutmeg
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    3 tbl sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup oatmeal
    3/4 cup butter (1/2 sticks)
    1 cup raisins
    1 egg, separated
    1 cup yogurt
    sugar, for decoration

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flours, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar, and salt into a large bowl. Add oatmeal and stir. Rub in butter with your fingers until mixture forms soft granules. Add raisins. Mix egg yolk and yogurt together. Add to flour mixture and stir unti dough forms. Place dough on a floured board and knead several times. Cut dough in half. Form a flattened ball with each half. Cut into 6 wedges each. Brush each wedge with egg white and sprinkle with sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 12 scones.