Scones are one of my favorite “socially acceptable” ways to eat dessert for breakfast. I’ve always loved scones but had completely forgotten about them until my mom baked a delicious batch for my bridal shower brunch last summer. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this sweet and buttery treat. The recipe I’m sharing with you today is one that my mom learned when she was in 7th grade Home Economics! Over the years, she has altered and simplified the recipe so that it is quick and easy to make, while still being very tasty.
While this classic recipe is my favorite way to eat scones, you could also add berries or chocolate chips into this mixture to create different flavored scones. These scones are great for weekend brunches or as a delicious grab and go breakfast during the work week.
This recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare, so I like to start by preheating the oven to 375°F. Next, in a large mixing bowl add the dry ingredients and mix together with a fork. Using a pastry blender, cut in the cold butter until the mixture consists of fine crumbs. You can also substitute the butter with 6 tablespoons of shortening, but I prefer the flavor of butter.
In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk before adding them into the crumb mixture. Use a fork to stir all of the ingredients together until fully combined and a sticky dough is formed. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently approximately ten times. I always make sure to keep the surface floured, as well as my hands, to avoid the dough from sticking.
After kneading, it is time to shape the dough! Since the dough is a very sticky consistency, I prefer to shape the dough directly on the cookie sheet with my hands, instead of using a rolling pin. Place the dough onto a greased cookie sheet, and shape into a 8″ wide circle that is 1/2″ thick. Cut the circle into eight even wedges and top with sugar. Bake the scones in the oven at 375°F for approximately 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. I like to serve the scones hot with butter and jam.
Sugar Coated Classic Scones
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons cold butter
- 2 eggs
- 6 tablespoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 375°F
- In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture consists of fine crumbs.
- Add milk and beaten eggs into the mixture and stir ingredients together with a fork.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 10 times.
- Move dough to a greased cookie sheet and pat dough into a 8″ wide circle that is 1/2″ thick. Cut the dough into 8 wedges. Sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a light golden brown. Serve warm with butter and jam.