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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cinnamon Glazed Scones

I always thought of scones as dry, triangle-shaped biscuits that have little-to-no flavor aside from the chocolate chips, cranberries, or raisins, etc that are most commonly mixed into the batter.  But, when I came across this recipe, I had to give it a try.  Boy, was I glad I did!  These babies are so good, I let out one of those sighs that only a pastry can produce.  These scrumptious 3-sided delights are melt-in-your-mouth good. (They can also "expand" your waistline, so beware!)  Move over donuts, strudels, and danishes...scones are making a comeback!

(wiping drool off of the keyboard...)
Scones:
2 cups AP flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter (I have used a few tablespoons less, and the dough turned out fine)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg, seperated
3 Tbsp. honey
1/3 buttermilk (or 1/3 cup milk + 1/2 tsp. lemon juice mixed together and allowed to sit for 2-3 mins)

Crumb topping (per scone)-I usually just sprinkle the ingredients over the scones until I am happy:
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Glaze (mix all ingredients together):
1 cup powdered sugar
1-3 tsp. milk (until desired consistency)
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Cut in the butter, (using a fork or a pastry blender-another great tool), until crumbly.  Seperate the egg white (set aside) and yolk.  In a seperate bowl, mix the yolk, honey, and buttermilk.  Add to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Form the dough into a ball, roll out to 1/2" thickness and cut into 8 triangles *(see below)*
Transfer to a greased baking sheet.  Whisk the egg white and brush on top of scones.  Sprinkle with topping.

Bake 10-12 minutes and drizzle with glaze immediately after removing from oven.
Try to not eat all of them at once!

*I place the dough on the greased baking sheet before rolling and cutting into triangles.  Eliminates transferring the dough, which can be a bit sticky.  Rolling can be a bit of a challenge, but I find it easier than having to move the triangles individually.

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