Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Currant Scones

Scones baked with fresh red currants

It snows, it warms up, it snows, it warms up. All month long. Rinse and repeat. I know it's just winter's last hurrah before exiting for the year but I'm a little over it. Yesterday was another inclement weather day so I did the only logical thing - I baked.

Scones baked with fresh red currants

It's been a while since I baked a batch of fresh scones but they're so great with a cup of tea on a rainy/snowy afternoon. I scoured my kitchen for flavoring ingredients and decided to use up some fresh red currants. But feel free to use the dried kind because they'll work just as well.

It's a simple recipe that comes together quickly and makes the house smell great. And then, within a short period of time, you have fresh scones. It makes waiting for spring a bit more bearable. Enjoy!

Currant Scones
Scones baked with fresh red currants

by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ingredients (8 Servings)
  • 2 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup buttermilk
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Cup currants (fresh or dried) tossed with a teaspoon of flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cream for topping
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar for topping
Scones baked with fresh red currants
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and butter to a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles course crumbs.

In a separate bowl, beat together the egg, buttermilk and vanilla. Then add it to the flour and butter mixture. Stir to combine and fold in the currants.

Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface. It will be very sticky at first. Pat it down to approximately 1" thick, fold it over onto itself and repeat about 6 times.

Cut the final round into 8 pieces and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush each scone with the cream and sprinkle on the tablespoon of sugar.

Bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until the scones are a light golden brown.

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