Thank goodness this Red White and Blue Scones Recipe bakes up fast!! I woke up this morning to a nice surprise… my daughter had invited a few of her friends to a pre-exam breakfast! And they were going to be here in 30 minutes.
So, after a quick and sort of loud discussion, we got to work on these scones. I love making scones, they go quick, and don’t require a lot of equipment. Perfect when you are zipping to get things done. Plus, they are endlessly versatile. Add any sort of bits and pieces to the basic recipe, and ta da! Scones. Teens like sweet, but I didn’t want to make anything too sugary. I used dried cranberries and dried blueberries… then added white chocolate chips, just to make them fun. (See, red white and blue)
Some people are intimidated by scones. Don’t be. You can make these delicious treats without creating fruit flavored hockey pucks. I learned this secret for light scones from an ancient Scottish Granny (actually, Alton Brown in one of his disguises); frozen butter and minimal handling. Grate the butter into the flour, rub it a bit with your fingertips, and then leave it alone. Don’t fuss; don’t try to get it perfectly homogeneous. Grate, rub, STOP. Add the wet ingredients to the dry… add the bits… shape, cut bake.
I cut these scones small … I have this delusion that a small scone has fewer calories than a large one, and therefore it’s like diet food (unfortunately, I also rationalize with myself that if the scone is small, I can eat two, or maybe even three….).
The hoards have descended, time for me to get out of the way….
Red White and Blue Scones Recipe
Parchment Paper or Silicone Mats for Baking
Using Parchment paper or a Silicone Baking Mat makes clean up so much easier. (The paper you can reuse, and then recycle) Silicone Mats can be used over and over again.
Kirkland Signature Non Stick Parchment Paper, 205 sqftReynolds Cookie Baking Sheets Non-Stick Parchment Paper, 22 SheetsArtisan Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat – 2 PackAmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat – 2 Pack
Step By Step Photos for Red, White and Blue Scones
Grate the Butter into the Flour
then rub in with your fingers
Add Wet Ingredients to Dry
Fold the Wet into the Dry
Leave some dry spots
Fold in the Bits
Dough will Be Heavy
Shape into a Circle or Rectangle with the Help of Waxed Paper
Cut into Squares, then Triangles
Place the Unbaked Scones on Parchment Paper or a Silicon Mat
Sprinkle with Sugar if You Like… Or just Bake
Plate and Eat