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Cut Butter Into Flour
How to Make Scones
Here's what you'll need to make these delicious, buttery scones:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- ½ tsp salt (table salt, not Kosher)
- 4 Tbsp butter (½ stick)
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup dried currants
To begin, combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Then add cubes of cool butter and cut in the butter with a pastry blender as shown here.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Beat Eggs In Separate Bowl
In a separate bowl, beat two of the eggs until they're light and airy. Keep the third egg reserved for later — you're going to use it to brush the scones with egg wash before baking.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Add Cream and Stir to Combine
Add the heavy cream and mix until thoroughly combined. It won't hurt to have a bit more cream reserved in case you need to moisten the dough later. You could use water to moisten, but cream will give the scones a richer flavor and texture.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Add Wet Ingredients To Dry
As soon as you add the wet ingredients, you'll activate the baking powder, so you're kind of on the clock. Stir until the dough just comes together, and add the dried currants.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Turn Dough Out Onto Floured Board
Press together until the dough barely holds together. You don't want to overwork it at all, or the scones will be too tough.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Bring the Dough Together, But Don't Overwork
If you need a bit more liquid to moisten the dough, you can add it now — about a tablespoon at a time, just enough so that the dough holds together.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Roll Out the Dough About an Inch Thick
You can dust your rolling pin with a bit of flour to keep it from sticking. And once again, don't overwork the dough or your scones will taste like little blobs of leather.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Cut Into Rounds With Fluted Pastry Cutters
I like to use fluted pastry cutter for making scones, but you can use plain round cutters. Or just cut the scones into triangles with a knife, which is a good technique because you'll have fewer scraps.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Brush Tops With Egg Wash
Here's where we use that third egg we set aside earlier. Beat the egg in a small bowl along with a tablespoon or so of water. Then paint the tops of the scones with the egg wash, just enough to make them glossy.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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