I love Scones. SO MUCH. After looking at lots of recipes, I always come back to this one, because it's ridiculously simple. No fussing with eggs, cutting in butter, and it's a one bowl deal. Can be thrown together in 10-15 min and they take less time to cook. From the JOY OF COOKING. My friend from England who was incredibly homesick gobbled these up.
Position a rack in the center of the oven, preheat to 425. Have ready a large ungreased baking sheet (a pizza stone works really well).
Whisk together in a large bowl:
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
At this phase add in any of the following you like, although they are great plain too.
1/2 cup dried fruit, chocolate chips, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus zest...
Pour over dry ingredients, and stir until just barely moistened:
1 1/4 cups heavy cream.
Gather the dough into a ball, and gently knead it against the bowl a few times till it sticks together in a rough ball. Transfer to a lightly floured surface, and pat into an 8 in disc about 3/4 inch thick. Cut into 8 or 12 wedges, place on the baking sheet. Brush the tops with cream or milk. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Bake 12-15 min, till golden brown. Let cool or serve warm.
Today I added nutmeg, orange zest, apricots and chocolate chips.
Here's the baby squealing as the oven timer went off.