My boyfriend and I have the perfect culinary partnership: I cook and he bakes (I’ve been told on multiple situations that my chocolate chip cookies bear an uncanny resemblance to E.T.). On a particularly difficult Saturday morning after a night out, my boyfriend made me the most delicious hangover cure in the world: fresh scones. Previous to that morning, I had never reached for scones, and had opted for their more-buttery cousin, croissants, but these scones corrected my mistake. They were buttery, savory, flaky, and dotted with chocolate chips, but not too sweet – perfect to dip into a cup of coffee (which was also at hand that Saturday). When my boyfriend made them for me again this past Sunday – which tasted even more delicious without a headache – I decided those New Years resolutions could wait another day…
Makes 12 triangle scones (His usual batch is a half-recipe).
You will need:
- 3 cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- chocolate chips or anything else you want to add
- 1-2 tbs unsalted butter, melted for brushing
- 1-2 tbs sugar, for dusting
For delicious scones:
- Preheat the over to 425 degrees
- In a medium bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together with a fork. Add the cold butter pieces and using a pastry blender (or your fingertips!), work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. (It’s ok if some larger bits of butter remain.)
- Pour in the buttermilk and vanilla and mix with the fork only until the ingredients are just moistened. You’ll have a soft dough with a rough look. If the dough is too dry, add small amount of butter milk. Add chocolate chips or whatever else you want (maybe try blueberries!). Gather the dough into a ball, pressing it gently so that it hold together. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it very briefly. Cut the dough in half.
- Press and shape each half of the dough into a circle about 7 inches across. Brush the dough with half of the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Cut the dough into 6 triangles. Place the scones on an un-greased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes (or more, to your taste) until tops and bottoms are golden. Transfer to a rack and cool slightly.