This is only my third time making scones. They seem to be some of the most finicky baked goods to make, at least for me, so I generally tend to avoid them. Having way too much cheese in my fridge, however, meant that I had to take action. Cheddar scone action.
Thankfully I found a simple recipe from one of my favourite blogs: smitten kitchen
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
8 tbs cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup cream (I used 18% table cream)
1 cup old cheddar, cubed
1+ hot pepper, minced
Check out the instructions on smitten kitchen. I followed them to a T, and cooked the scones for ~20 minutes. I also used a glass to make round scones, because I find the triangle ones don’t cook quite as evenly.
They turned out quite well. I’d definitely try the recipe again, definitely adding more hot pepper (only used one), and maybe adding basil and / or green onion.
A few days ago at work we had a breakfast-snack-coffee-gathering-thing for our division and I decided to bring some lemon cranberry scones. My big mistake was thinking, for some terrible reason, that I could start my taxes while the scones were in the oven. This is a BAD idea. Taxes + baking = fail. It wasn’t actually a total failure, since I eventually remembered that my scones were in the oven… but it was a near disaster. Keep your eyes on these scones when they’re in the oven. They get golden brown pretty quickly and you want them to be moist and fluffy. My other mistake that I can and am taking full responsibility for was the lack of cranberries I had in my freezer. I always buy a bag when they go on sale but, typical me, I thought I had more than I actually did. I unfortunately only had about 3/4 cups of cranberries, so I decided to fill the void with raspberries. This was a good enough solution, but the end result definitely lacked the so-fantastic punch of sufficient cranberries. Either way, it was successful enough to bring to the workplace gathering and they were definitely still tasty and moist!
The recipe I used can be found on one of my favourite baking/cooking blogs: smitten kitchen. I’ve used this recipe twice and would highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking to make this type of scone!! Super delicious (especially when you avoid taxes and have enough cranberries)!!