Muffins & Scones

One Recipe – three fluffy choices!

My husband spoils me almost every day of the year.  So on Valentine’s Day this year, I decided to get up a little earlier and make him some fresh hot scones and freshly ground coffee for breakfast, before I left for work.  HUGE hit!

I’ve discovered this very simple way of making scones, and best of all with some minor variations you can turn that same recipe into two other yummy treats, like tea biscuits or muffins!  So, whether you are looking to bake something a little special for someone early in the morning, or impress your friends with some delicious scones with butter, clotted cream, lemon curd, homemade jam… whatever… or whether you want some fresh hot biscuits to serve alongside tonight’s dinner of stew or homemade soup, this is fast and very simple.  Or, maybe you are in the mood for some basic muffins that you can customize into whatever you want.  THIS is YOUR recipe!

Today, we’ll make scones.  Don’t worry, at the end of this recipe I’ll share the other two ways with you.

Let’s get started.

Variation 1:  Scones

Here are my ingredients:

2 cups Unbleached flour, 4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 TBSP sugar, 1/2 cup unsalted butter (don’t..DO NOT use margarine!), and finally, 1 cup milk.

Preheat your oven to 400, and let’s get going.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and give a good stir.  If you have a stand mixer, you can use the lowest stir setting and mix it all up!

Add the butter – this should be cold and cut into cubes.  Cut that in until the butter looks like small peas.    If you do not have a mixer, use a pastry blender and cut in the butter.  Same thing!  Add 1 cup of milk and mix until it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a ball – do not overwork!  Then, with the palms of your hands  pat it out into a round of about 1/2″ thick.

Cut it into 8ths. 

This is what they look like before baking.  Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.

Voila! Out of the oven, fresh hot scones, ready to be devoured with butter and preserves!  YUMMY!

Seriously – this takes 10 minutes or less to throw together and 10 minutes to bake.

So, the variations?  Before you add the milk  you can stir in the zest of 1/2 a lemon and some cranberries, about 1/2 – 3/4 cup (don’t use the dried ones, you need fresh or frozen for that tartness) Increase the sugar to 2 tbsp.

These look really pink before you put them in the oven, but strangely they don’t come out pink!

So, how will these delicious treats look to your ‘someone special’ or your morning coffee guests?  Like this:

How about adding 1 cup of shredded OLD cheddar cheese into the dry mixture?  Use OLD or extra old again because you want to taste the cheese.  Using medium just doesn’t cut it, you won’t be able to taste the cheese!

Variation 2:  Tea Biscuits.

Using the same recipe above,  but do NOT add the sugar and increase the sea salt to 1 tsp.  Again if you would like to ‘spice it up’ a bit for a soup or stew, you can add cheese and 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper to the dry ingredients.  Gives it a bit of a zing without being spicy!

Variation 3:  Muffins

Same main ingredients as the scones but use light oil instead of butter (1/2 cup) and add 1/4 cup of milk.  With the muffins, go wild!  Add wild blueberries with a bit of orange zest…. one word: YUM!  Or how about chocolate chips?

No matter which variation you choose – whether or not you have a mixer or you are doing it by hand – TEN MINUTES is all it takes.

Happy noshing!

6 thoughts on “One Recipe – three fluffy choices!”

  1. I am getting ready to open a bed and breakfast on a very historic property in Virginia. (it’s where James Madison was born) One of the events we are going to offer is an Afternoon Tea. So I am so glad I came across your blog! Thanks for the great post!

    1. Good luck with the B&B! We love staying at B&B’s. Let me know how the scones turn out for you! Key is not to overhandle! Once you’ve got it all the dough together in a ball you really just want to flatten it out to about 1/2-3/4″ circle and cut. Seriously – the best! (I may be biased!)

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