Judge all you want for buying into the hype, but what better excuse for homemade scones than the royal nuptials?
2 cups flour
1/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 large egg
6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk or cream (I used 1%)
1 cup blueberries (or chocolate chips or whatever your little heart desires)
extra milk & sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (side note: when I lived in Korea I was briefly miffed that my oven only went up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit... I later realized that it was [obviously] in degrees Celsius)
-Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt
-Cut butter into small pieces and cut into the dry ingredients using two knives (or a pasty blender) until mixture looks like crumbs. This part is a pain in the butt.
-Fold in blueberries (or chocolate chips or... whatever)
-In a cup, lightly beat egg and then combine vanilla and milk.
-Add liquid to the dry ingredients, stir until the dough comes together. *Don't go crazy on this step- if you over mix the dough, the scones will be tough* Oh, the science of baking!
-Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead about 5 times.
-Pat the dough... I made mini scones, so I made a circle about 10ish inches in diameter and an inch thick, but if you want to make large scones, go with about 7 inches and 1.5 inches thick
-Cut into triangles of desired size
-Transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet
-Brush tops of scones with milk, sprinkle sugar
-Bake 18-22 minutes until lightly browned
Enjoy with Prince of Wales Tea or a morning mimosa and a fabulous hat.
Or a Beefeater cocktail. We won't judge.
And always remember that...