I get up early in the morning. While I wait for the rest of the world to wake up I read, fool around on social media, or just sit on the back porch and count stars. Sometimes I bake.
This morning I tried a scone recipe from Dorie Greenspan's excellent book, Baking. I didn't have all the listed ingredients and, rather than make a hurried run to the Evil Retail Giant, I substituted milk for the recommended cream and used a fresh pear from our side yard as an alternative to the currants. Both substitutions worked well and the resulting scones were a fine treat before heading off to church.
Here's Dorie's list of ingredients:
Egg, 1 large
Cream, 2/3 cup
Flour, 2 + cups
Sugar, 3 tablespoons
Baking powder, 2 tablespoons
Butter, 6 tablespoons
Currants OR chopped pears, apples, plumbs, etc. About 3/4 cup.
Put the cream (or any cream-like product such as milk or coffee creamer) and the egg in a bowl. Whisk.
Put everything else into a bowl except the butter and the fruit. Cut the butter into spoon size bits and toss them into the flour mixture. Rub the butter and flour between your fingers and thumb until the mixture appears to be filled with pea-sized bits. It was interesting to transform the clumps of butter into pellets and it reminded me of an exciting Mitt Romney speech I saw on CNN a few days ago.
Add the milk and egg into the mixture and turn with a spatula five or six times. Add more flour as necessary; the mixture should be moist, not entirely sticky, and you should be able to pick it up and handle. Add the raisins or chopped fruit at this time.
Make a round ball of the resulting dough and cut the ball into two parts of equal size.
Put the two round balls onto a greased cookie sheet. Flatten them until they are 5 inch disks and cut each disk into six equal parts; don't separate the parts. Bush the disks with melted butter or butter spray and sprinkle with sugar. Bake on a center rack for 20-22 minutes at 400 degrees. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.