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Buttermilk scones


From an article in the Seattle Times many years ago about a bed and breakfast. So many years ago that I don’t remember any details about the B & B. These are big and hearty, not fluffy little tea-party scones.
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Let’s get started:

Mix dry ingredients together and cut in butter.

Mix dry ingredients together and cut in butter.

Stir in buttermilk, then smoosh with your hands until it forms  one unit.

Stir in buttermilk, then smoosh with your hands until it forms one unit.

Turn out on well-floured board and knead 5 or 6 times.

Turn out on well-floured board and knead 5 or 6 times.

Divide dough into 2 equal parts.

Divide dough into 2 equal parts.

Shape each part into a smooth ball.

Shape each part into a smooth ball.

Flatten each ball into 5-inch circles, then cut each circle into halves or quarters.

Flatten each ball into 5-inch circles, then cut each circle into halves or quarters.

Place semi- or quarter-circles on baking sheet close together, then brush tops with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Place semi- or quarter-circles on baking sheet close together, then brush tops with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for a total of 20–30 minutes, depending on size.

Bake for a total of 20–30 minutes, depending on size.

 

Buttermilk Scones
Recipe type: bread
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter (in small pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel (optional)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (If you don't have buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar per 1 cup of milk. Let sit for a few minutes.)
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375°
  1. Combine flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2. Add grated orange peel if you're going to use it.
  3. Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender. If you don't have a pastry blender, buy one and thank me later.
  4. Stir in buttermilk until the dough gets crumbly.
  5. In the mixing bowl, smoosh the dough together with your hands until it forms one unit.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface.
  7. Knead dough 5 or 6 times.
  8. Divide dough into 2 parts.
  9. Shape each part into a smooth ball.
  10. Flatten each ball slightly into 5" circles.
  11. Cut each circle in half or quarters.
  12. Place semi-circles or quarters on baking sheet, placing cut edges facing each other, about 1/2" apart.
  13. Brush each top with milk and sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  14. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.
  15. Optional: After 10 minutes in the oven, slash tops diagonally a couple of times about 1/2" deep.
  16. Bake for 20 minutes longer, or until golden brown and done in center.

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