Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Orange Currant Scones

My mom has been making these scones forever, and they are fantastic! They are perfect for brunch, a quick breakfast, or a tea.

Orange Currant Scones Recipe Adapted from Williams and Sonoma


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
8 Tbs. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into
 small pieces
1/2 cup currants, or cranberries
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
Zest of 1 orange

Preheat an oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a scone pan, or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until pea-size crumbs form. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the currants.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, cream and orange zest until blended and add to the flour mixture. Using a fork, stir to form large, moist clumps of dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press together with your hands until the dough comes together. Roll out the dough, flouring as needed, into a 10-inch round about 3/4 inch thick. Cut into 8 equal-size wedges. Press each wedge into a well of the prepared scone pan, or place the wedges 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake until the scones are golden, about 25 minutes. Invert the scone pan onto a wire rack and lift off the pan, or transfer the scones from the baking sheet to the rack. Let the scones cool for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 8 scones.

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