I have to say – I make kickass scones!
I always have them handy in my freezer for the slew of scone lovers in my life. You can make these plain or with berries which adds a wonderful fruity bite to them. You can use fresh or frozen berries. Just bake them a minute or two longer if using frozen.
I love eating my scones with clotted cream (if possible) and jam. My nephews bury their scones in whipped cream. Do what you will with these scones – they are truly a favourite in our household.
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3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup berries (any combination you like)
Left over buttermilk for for brushing the tops
Heat oven to 395°F.
Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda
Add butter to the flour mixture and mix with your fingers until just combined. I use use a food processor with a dough blade to mix the flour and butter. A few pulses really mix it together well and it is so much easier.
The flour should look like coarse cornmeal at this stage. You should not be able to see big bits of butter – it should all be mixed in very well.
Add the buttermilk in and add berries. Fold the mixture very gently till it is just combined. This is the “handle with care step”! Soon a flaky dough will be formed.
Transfer dough to a floured board and divide into 3 parts. Roll each dough ball onto a log of about an inch and half of thickness.
Cut each log into 5-6 wedges and place slightly separated on a greased baking sheet or on parchment paper. Brush tops with a little buttermilk and sprinkle some sugar on top. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned