Thursday, November 19, 2009

Feelin' British

The scone is a small British quick bread (or cake if recipe includes sugar) of Scottish origin. Scones are especially popular in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada, but are eaten in many other countries. They are usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, with baking powder as a leavening agent. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea. (Wikipedia)

Jacob, had scone as one of his spelling words this week.  I tried to explain to him what they were with a little success.  When my three younger children went out to play before lunch, I whipped up a couple batches of this super easy scone recipe.


Simple Scones

2 cups of flour  (use whatever comb. you desire. I used 1/2 c wheat and 1  1/2 c of white)

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 Tablespoons cold butter, chopped

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup sour cream

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

1 teaspoon additional sugar

Mix first 5 ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.  Add chopped butter and blend with pastry blender until it is the texture of coarse meal. Add in chocolate chips.

In a small bowl combine egg, vanilla, and sour cream.

Add to flour mixture and mix together until large clumps of dough form.

Then using your hands work the dough until a ball forms.

Place dough on a floured surface and pat unto a 8 inch circle.  Cut into 8 wedges.  Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of sugar.

Bake at 400*F for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

This is a wonderful basic scone recipe and there are many variations to it...

Dried cranberries and 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest

Dried cherries and white chocolate chips

Blueberries and lemon zest

Hazelnuts and toffee chips

The options are endless.

Be Creative!

The scones in the picture above are chocolate chip, which I made for the kids.  For myself I made orange cranberry, a bit more sophisticated, don't you think?!  They were both so yummy, great fresh out of the oven, and awesome with a cup of tea or coffee.


*recipe from allrecipes


  1. I love a good scone. I haven't made them in years. Hummmmm, now I have a cravin' for the things. Gonna' go dig through my recipes and compare, it think they are just alike! Hubby's having scones for breakfast!!!

    Have a very enjoyable day filled with great scones!

  2. You're a good mom. ;) orange cranberry sounds yummy!

  3. I LOVE scones! The chocolate chip ones appeal to me...I have not ever that that type. I think I will have to give them a try! Wanna share? :)


  4. Yumm!! I'm coming over... what time is coffee?

    I have never acutally made scones before. I have had them before - but they were always dry and crumbly. Taste was great!! Is that normally how they are? or, did I just happen to have a "bad one".

  5. Bevy,
    I too have shyed away from making scones because of the dry and crumbly factor. These were not that way at all.

    One of my sons won't touch a bisquit (even though my are awesome!;) with a ten foot pole. But, he loved these. All my children did. My suggestion is to eat them while they are warm.

    I have some left and they are a bit more on the dry side now. I just slice them open and microwave them for 15 seconds. Slather them with butter and they taste great. But butter fixes everything doesn't it!

  6. Thanks Jenn, and AMEN to the butter!! I will have to give these a try. I honestly think the cranberry & orange sound totally divine. Actually - all the mix-in fixin's sound great.

    You still didn't say what time "coffee" was?!??! ;) ha ha

  7. I love scones! I have a recipe for an orange chocolate scone which is rather tasty. Blackberry and white chocolate chip is a yummy combo too!

  8. Oh my goodness...I am so hungry. You have pushed me over the edge. That looks yummy!

  9. Yum! I use a recipe I found in Victoria magazines over 10yrs ago...I make scones all the kids love 'em.


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