Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Cheese Scones

I took a longer than expected holiday vacation from blogging but I'm back now and hoping to bring you regular recipe posts once again at least until my baby is born around the beginning of spring. Then I'll be taking another hiatus for certain :)

My daughter and I have been having a lot of tea parties lately so I wanted to share one of our favorite tea accompaniments, cheese scones. Theses scones are fabulous on their own, with butter, or sliced open and filled with jam and ham or prosciutto.

Cheese Scones

1.5 cups flour
2t baking powder
1t dry mustard
1/2t salt
1/4 cup butter
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2T grated Parmesan
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk

1) Preheat oven to 400F. Mix dry ingredients together then cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives or rub it in with your fingers. Mixture should look like soft granules.
2) Mix in cheeses. Beat egg into buttermilk then add to bowl and stir until a dough forms.
3) Turn dough out onto counter and knead a few times. (This is the tricky part. Either too much or two little kneading can ruin the texture of the scones. I've found that about 2 minutes of kneading works for me.)
4) Roll out until dough is 1/2 inch thick. Cut into triangles or circles. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes.

Makes 12 scones.

1 comment:

Anne Douglas said...

This is one thing I miss about home, my Nana's scones. She can whip them up in her sleep, that and her yummy piklets.

No buttermilk or egg in her recipes though. Shes an old fashioned purist.

There is an interesting scone dough mixture that uses a can of sprite and a container of cream. It sounds weird, but it tastes good.

I might have to whip up a batch this afternoon for kiddos afternoon tea. Mmm fresh scones with jam and cream!