Simple Scones for Tea Time [RECIPE]
Good Morning Friends!
…. or is it the afternoon? It’s one of those days. I woke up groggy. Too groggy. So groggy in fact, that I nearly crawled on hands and knees towards the tea pot to drink a cup of caffeinated Irish breakfast tea. Cradling the “life juice” in my hands I closed my eyes. “Give me just a few more seconds of darkness” I thought to myself, savoring the taste on my tongue. I reflected on these scones that I made a few days before. They were gobbled up far too fast. The family loved them that much. They’re crispy and buttery on top, but crumble gently as you chew them. I followed the recipe to the letter including raisins, but if I’m being honest, I long to make another batch without because the scone recipe is just that good.
And so I sit here dreaming of these scones. Do you like scones? Are you a sucker for tea time like I am? Around here tea time is a big deal. Even my little one loves having green tea with several tablespoons of honey. (Hers is decaf of course 😉 ). Mr. Noob Chef prefers coffee to tea, but there is one thing we can all agree upon: nibbles with tea.
Last night we snuggled up as a family to watch “Mona Lisa Smile” on Netflix. What a wonderful movie it is! If you have Netflix then I highly recommend this period film. Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Stiles, and Kirsten Dunst round out a star-studded cast in this epic film about the value of a higher education. Set in 1953, Julia Roberts plays a college professor who encourages her art history students at an all-girls college to value finishing college as opposed to running off to get married. It’s the female film counterpart to “Dead Poet’s Society” (another wonderful film to watch!). So, if you tune into this film and want something to nibble on with your after-dinner tea or coffee, then look no further than this recipe for simple scones. I know you’ll be raving about them too once you give them a try. Have a beautiful Wednesday everyone. Stay tuned for the next post, and as always, keep on cooking! ❤
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoon butter, frozen
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 egg
- Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.
- In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.
- Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)
- Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.