SOUR CREAM SCONES

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Is there anything better than waking up on a frosty morning and diving into some fresh baked scones and a cup of tea?  I love them for breakfast because of their not too sweet flavor. And they’re just asking for some tart berry jam or a little Devonshire cream to top them off.  Using cream rather than buttermilk or regular milk keeps the scones “fresh” all day.

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INGREDIENTS

Makes 10-12 Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

INGREDIENTS (GLAZE)

1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons heavy cream

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 F with the rack in the middle of the oven. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Blend the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or your finger-tips. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs, with chunks of butter the size of small peas. Combine the sour cream, beaten egg and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined.

Knead dough gently on a lightly floured surface two or three times. The more you touch the dough, the more the butter in it melts, causing it to become dense when baked, so remember to apply a light touch! Roll or pat the dough into a circle that are about 7 inches round. Then, using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds. Or, if you don’t have a 3 inch cookie cutter, cut the dough into triangles of your desired size. Place the scones on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper or silicon sheets, spacing a few inches apart. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg and cream mixture. This helps to brown the tops of the scones during baking.

Bake for about 16-18 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool, or serve immediately.