This is the family favorite scone recipe (and Christmas treat) courtesy of my brother-in-law.
Gather these together before you start:
- 9 1/2 oz flour (2 cups)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 stick butter (chilled)
- two eggs
- 1/3 cup heavy or whipping cream
- Optional: fancy sugar, add-ins such as dried cranberries, orange zest, chocolate, nuts
Heat oven to 475° F.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Work in the chilled butter using a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Stir in the two eggs, one at a time. (If desired, mix "add-in" ingredients now. Dried cranberries are a favorite for Christmas, and I often use chopped chocolate and hazelnuts.) Then add the cream. Mix the ingredients until they just stick together. You're looking for a lumpy dough that just holds together (like biscuits), so don't mix it too much.
On a floured surface, form the dough into a circle about 3/4" high. Use a floured knife to cut the dough into eight slices, like a pizza. (If desired, sprinkle fancy sugar on the dough now.)
Place scones on a greased or silicon cookie sheet. Bake for about 10-12 minutes; scones are done when outsides are light brown throughout.