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Sweet Scones

INGREDIENTS

  • 1¾ cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons cold butter, in pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • zest of one orange
  • ¾ cup butter milk
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • In the bowl of a mixer combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • Mix in the orange zest.
  • Add the butter and mix just enough so the butter is in large pieces.
  • Add the buttermilk and run your mixer until the dough starts to pull away from the sides.
  • Remove the dough to a floured surface and form it into a disk about ½ inch thick.
  • Cut the disk into 8 equal wedges and arrange the wedges on a greased baking sheet. A silicone baking sheet is a good alternative to a greased sheet.
  • Brush the tops of the scones with a little extra buttermilk and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they are dark golden on top.
  • Remove the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let the scones cool slightly. Serve immediately with butter and your favourite jam or marmalade.

As an alternative:

  • knead in 1 cup of pecans into the dough and brush with maple syrup; or
  • knead in 1 cup of frozen blueberries or saskatoons into the dough.