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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Blueberry Sour Cream Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup raisins (or dried currants)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1/2 - 1 cup fresh blueberries
half & half (to brush on top before baking)

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal). In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.

Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Add the blueberries, I toss mine in a bit of flour before adding. Mix gently and use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Brush on a bit of half and half and then sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Chocolate Chip Scones
Follow recipe for blueberry scones. Substitute chocolate chips for blueberries.

Cranberry-Orange Scones
Follow the recipe for Blueberry Scones omitting blueberries and adding a generous teaspoon of finely grated orange rind (zest) to the dry ingredients and substituting dried cranberries for the blueberries.

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