In my newfound passion for scones, I have tried yet another recipe. In addition to the fruit flavors, this recipe has an option for adding allspice, which I liked well enough, but I plan on trying them without it next time.
Thanks to my silicone baking mat, I was able to get my dough into an exact 8″ round, the precision of which is pleasing to my inner baking perfectionist. The top is brushed with milk and sprinkled with sugar.
Today I made my first-ever savoury scones, using a recipe from King Arthur Flour’s website. When rolling out the dough, I shaped a square, rather than a rectangle, so I ended up with 32 small scones rather than 20.
- 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached Pastry Flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- a heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons dried basil, or 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) cold butter, cut in pieces
- 2 large eggs (1 separated, white reserved for glaze)
- 1/2 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
- additional Parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, cheese, salt, and basil. Add the pieces of butter, working them into the flour (as you would with pie crust) until the mixture forms even crumbs.
- Beat together 1 whole egg, 1 egg yolk, and the buttermilk or yogurt. Stir gently into the dry ingredients until the whole thing clings together.
- Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and pat it into a 1/2″-thick rectangle. Using a bowl scraper, baker’s bench knife, regular knife, or rolling pizza wheel, cut the rectangle into squares; cut each square in half diagonally, so you have triangular scones. Make them as large or small as you wish.
- Transfer the scones to a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Whisk the reserved egg white vigorously, until foamy. Brush each scone with egg white, and sprinkle with some additional Parmesan.
- Bake the scones for 10 minutes, or until they’re light golden brown. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack.
They may not be much to look at, but these scones are delicious, brushed with cream and sprinkled with coarse sugar. You can make however many you want and freeze what you don’t want to eat right away. Then heat them up in the oven or microwave and have hot scones that feel newly baked!