Scones are everyone's favourite, and with this Basic Scone Recipe, you can customize to your own tastes and preferences. Add chocolate chips, almonds, dried cherries, cranberries, or blueberries; how about shredded coconut, raisins, or flavoured extracts? Endless possibilities; always delicious results!
1cupadd in ingredients, such as almonds, chocolate chips, dried berries, etc. See blog notes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and butter, to a mixing bowl. Use a hand-held mixer to beat the butter into the dry ingredients until the combined ingredients resemble course sand. Set aside.
If you're adding nuts or berries, add them now and fold into the flour and butter mixture.
Next, in a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and vanilla extract.
Pour in the milk and egg mixture into the butter and flour mixture. Use a spatula to fold ingredients together. Don't overmix - the dough will form quite quickly and shouldn't be one complete, perfectly round ball of dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Use your hands to push the dough together, gathering up the bits into a mound. Next, sprinkle the top lightly with a little flour and push the dough down into a round shape about 1 inch thick.
Use a large knife to cut the dough into 8 wedges and transfer the wedges to the baking sheet with about an inch of space in between each wedge.
Use a pastry brush to lightly dust off any excess flour. Top scones with sanding sugar, if using.
Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven, until the top is just slightly golden in colour.
Remove from oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack immediately.
Nutritional information does not account for added ingredients such as dried fruit or nuts. It also does not account for the addition of sanding sugar.