Thursday, March 11, 2010

Darina Allen's Sweet White Scones

Mummy's Sweet White Scones ~ Darina Allen's Recipe
As shared by the kitchen of Once Upon a Plate
Recipe yields 18 to 20 scones
8 cups flour
pinch of salt
1/3 cup superfine granulated sugar (If you like sweeter scones, increase the amount of sugar to 1/2 cup or a bit more)
4 teaspoons baking powder
12 tablespoon (1 1/2 sticks) butter
3 eggs
approximately 1 3/4 cups milk to mix
1 egg, beated with a pinch of salt
granulated sugar
Position rack in center of oven.
Preheat oven to 475* (F)
Sift all dry ingredients together in a "nice roomy bowl". Make a well in the center and rub in the butter (or use a pastry blender tool) as if making pie dough. Beat eggs with the milk, add all at once to the dry ingredients and mix to a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured board, knead lightly just to shape into a 1-inch thick round (or square) shape. With a cutter or knife cut into scones. Darina's mother always cut them into squares or diamond shapes, and that's the way I like to cut them, too. Brush the tops with the egg wash and dip tops in granulated sugar.
Bake in the hot oven for 10 to 12 minutes (watch carefully as your oven may bake faster.) Cool slightly on a wire rack, serve hot or warm.
Darina suggests splitting the sonces in half with butter and homemade jam, or jam and a dollop of whipped cream.
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