May 27th, 2008

drop scones

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there’s nothing better than waking up on memorial day and realizing you have the day off. i actually woke up earlier than i would for work just so i could enjoy a whole day of doing nothing. a lazy day calls for an easy-to-make breakfast. i was really just looking for a vehicle for maple butter (which is possibly the greatest thing ever invented by man).

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scones originated in scotland. they take their name from the place where scottish kings were crowned, known as the “stone of destiny” or scone. it’s pretty fitting that these little guys resemble boulders, but don’t let their appearance fool you – the insides are soft and almost dainty. slather them with your favorite jam or jelly.

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if you’ve got company coming over, you can whip up these scones in a pinch. there are literally thousands of varieties of scones, featuring apples, raisins, chocolate, blueberries, lemon, pumpkin, or any kind of nuts. before you know it, you’ll have eaten 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or…

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scones 8drop scones
thanks to mr. goodman, who gave me this recipe. makes about 24 scones.

2 cups flour
2 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
6 oz butter (cold and cut up)
6 oz milk

1. mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. cut in the cold butter until only fine pieces remain. stir in milk with a fork but do not overmix.

2. spoon golfball-sized dough balls onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

3. bake at 450 F for 10-15 minutes. these can be stored in the fridge and reheated in your oven or toaster oven.



4 Comments for drop scones - why not leave some love?

  1. Mr. Goodman! says:

    Pete –

    I thought I recognized those scones! You are right, Maple Butter is the best (also, the reason for pancakes is real maple syrup).

    The scone recipe was actually given to us by a Montclair Group called the Friends of Barnett (a Montclair sister city in the UK).

    One of theses days you will have to take some of my sourdough starter – – – it is now 8 years old! Feeds on good water and flour once a week and makes great pancakes and works well (with some effort) in breads.

    Best.

    Bruce

  2. mike says:

    Fantastic recipe, especially for being so quick! Now, I’ve got to try your easy brioche.

  3. Sarah says:

    I don’t usually comment on blogs, but these scones are AMAZING! And they saved my life this morning because I had to make something delicious and breakfast-like in a hurry! I added raisins and pecans to half of the mix and chocolate chunks and cinnamon to the other half. Both products received rave reviews! Thank you thank you thank you!

  4. Dave Stewart says:

    (I agree with you about maple butter – mapleiscious!) I usually use mixes for my scones fixes, but I think I might just be able to make your drop scones recipe from scratch. I’ll let you know how it works out.

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