Two Years Ago: Southwest Eggrolls (baked not fried)
If you like scones, this recipe is for you. And if you've ever had a dried-out hockey puck of a scone in a bakery, give this one a chance. Yes, you can buy a scone mix, but this recipe is easier than making cookies and you can customize it any way you want. My favorite part is that you can mix up the dough the night before and then just bake the scones in the morning while you sip on coffee. Warm scones for weekend breakfast! Since I'm not particularly a morning person that really appealed to me. (Thanks to my good friend Brad for the recipe!)
Scones seem to be sort of a cross between a biscuit and a muffin. Some recipes lean more toward the more tender/crumbly biscuit end of the spectrum such as this cornmeal herb scone or this savory breakfast scone, but this recipe is soft and skews more toward the muffin side. You can add your favorite spices, dried fruit, chocolate chips, flavored extracts and even grated lemon or orange zest to make it your own creation.
If you're having people for breakfast or brunch, this is an easy way to serve warm, fresh baked goods without fussing around with muffin papers or fancy pastries.
The Way Too Easy – No Butter Scone
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon (or other spices)
1 ¼ cups raisins (or cranberries, chocolate chips, nuts, or a combination)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups cream, cold
1-2 teaspoons flavored extract (vanilla, orange, etc.), optional
Eggwash (one egg beaten with one tablespoon water) or melted butter
Coarse sugar (can substitute regular sugar, just not as pretty)
Preheat oven to 375d.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, stirring in raisins or other add-ins last. Add cream and stir until ingredients are just combined. Form a ball of the dough and place on a floured surface. Flatten and then fold a few times, then flatten into a circle about 1” thick if you’re going to cut wedges, or into a log about 12” long if you’re going to cut rounds.
Cut the circle into 8 wedges and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. If you formed a log, cut it into 8 equal pieces and put it on the parchment lined sheet. Brush the tops with egg wash or butter, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake about 15 minutes until golden. Let cool on baking sheet about 10 minutes before serving warm.
Make Ahead: Follow the recipe until you’ve formed the round or log. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour and up to overnight. Remove and proceed with the rest of the recipe.