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Posted on 2013.02.13 at 22:31
Current Mood: hungryhungry
On Sunday I had a Downton Abbey party with a few friends, so of course we had to have an English tea. We had lots of goodies. I made cucumber sandwiches and scones from scratch with recipes I got off the web. The scones were actually really easy and they were delicious, so since dawn_felagundasked me to share, here's the recipe:


2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup raisins (I used dried cranberries which were really good!)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg
(You can add orange zest-grated orange peel if you want.)

1. Preheat oven to 400.
2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a grater; use your fingers to work in butter until mixture looks like coarse meal. Then stir in cranberries (or raisins)
3. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg together until smooth.
4. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball.
5. The recipe told me to roll the dough out and cut into triangles, but to save time and mess I just pulled off balls of the dough, flattened them a bit in my hands and dropped them onto the cookie sheet (I hope that wasn't anathema.) Sprinkle a bit of sugar on the tops.
6. Bake until golden, around 15-17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.

Yummy! Oh and Downton Abbey was fun too, although I don't think this season is as good as the First and Second were. Discuss while munching.


lisse_c at 2013-02-14 05:34 (UTC) (Link)
I'll make these in the morning. Thanks! So glad you hjad the party and enjoyed.
elfscribe5 at 2013-02-14 05:48 (UTC) (Link)
Tell me how they come out.
keiliss at 2013-02-14 05:40 (UTC) (Link)
I'll be honest, it's not like any traditional scone recipe I've made, but it does sound rather nice. I must try it. Certainly look tasty.
elfscribe5 at 2013-02-14 05:52 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I can't speak to traditional recipes, since this is what came up with a google search. I was a little apprehensive about trying them, but this was so easy even I could do it without any problem. Let me know what you think.
nelyo_russandol at 2013-02-14 13:05 (UTC) (Link)
I might give them a go this weekend if I remember to buy all the ingredients. I have a pack of dried cranberries, I love them.
elfscribe5 at 2013-02-14 17:20 (UTC) (Link)
Enjoy. Seriously this recipe took no time at all.
nelyo_russandol at 2013-02-14 17:42 (UTC) (Link)
We'll be making them when you're here, assuming it doesn't pour down... Yes, a picnic by the Thames with scones sounds just like the right thing to do.
pandemonium_213 at 2013-02-14 13:39 (UTC) (Link)
Looks great and pretty straightforward! I have copied and pasted into a Word doc for my recipes folder.
elfscribe5 at 2013-02-14 17:21 (UTC) (Link)
And here I always thought these were hard for some reason. Let me know if you try it.
aglarien1 at 2013-02-15 05:01 (UTC) (Link)
What a great idea for a party!! Looks like a great scone recipe.
elfscribe5 at 2013-02-15 21:20 (UTC) (Link)
It was a fun party. Just a few people, lots of good food and two complete episodes of Downton Abbey.
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