Monday, August 30, 2010

Coffee and Currant Scones

It's Monday morning.  We had a relaxed weekend.  Menu planning for youngest son's visit is fairly well completed.  There's always room for some tweaking.  I was back and forth over how to get the chicken to the table.  Should it be Ina's chicken salad or cousin Kelly's chicken casserole?  An autumn treating of pork tenderloin or the Asian one?  The grocery list is ready.  First a bit of sustenance.

Buttermilk Scones
(from Simply Scones)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup currants or raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Cut the butter into half inch cubes and distribute them over the flour mixture.  With a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla.  Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine.  Stir in the currants or raisins, if desired.

With lightly floured hands, pat the dough out onto a floured board to about 1/2 inch thickness.  Cut into rounds with a three inch floured biscuit cutter and placed on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until the top is lightly browned. 

Makes six scones. 

Serve warm, buttered and slathered in whatever jam strikes your fancy.  I had mine with a touch of orange marmalade.

A steaming mug of hot coffee makes the scone even better.

And I'm off to the market, etc.

Have a great day


  1. Scones are one of my all time favorites. One of our rug hooking ladies makes them when we have hooking at her house and I never miss that opportunity! LOL! As much as I love them, I have never tried my hand at them. I may put this in my to-be-tried file.

  2. There's nothing like scones and coffee (or tea!) first thing in the morning!

  3. Love the sheep mug. i always wondered what a scone looked like and what it is. i read it in my books a lot. now i know. its a bisucit with fruit added. or that is what it seems to me. maybe its UK calls it scone and we call it biscuits? looks delish to me

  4. Could you please hand me that scone through the screen? I haven't had any breakfast yet. And I love the mug!

  5. A steaming hot cup of tea and a buttered scone would start my day off right!

  6. I have to agree, I prefer tea over coffee, but the scones sound wonderful.

  7. I adore scones and these look and sound superb. These would get my day off to a great start. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...MAry

  8. A slow morning over coffee and scones sounds divine!

  9. Your scones look delicious and especially with a steaming hot cup of coffee! Great way to start the day!

  10. Is that the cute little square book called "Simply Scones?" If so, I have that book, and I love it! My favorite recipe in that book is the orange/chocolate chip scones :)

  11. Hi Bonnie! I am so glad you found me, so that now I may "find" you!!! Love what I am seeing. I too am an avid cook. But I have so many interests, that I combine them all into my photo journal blog. Can't wait to come back. Love scones, and I made an easy peasy one last week. Yours look divine!!

  12. Thanks for your comment this morning. Happy shopping and cooking for another son--how special for you. Your scone recipe looks good; I'll have to compare it to mine. But most of all the scone looks so good I wish it was on a plate of mine in my kitchen. And, I'll have to try your crab cakes--the gardener loves those. Glad you are at least sensing a hint of fall --we are headed up to high nineties again this week.

  13. Bet that your coffee tastes better in that cute little mug, Bonnie!!!!! My SIL used to make scones. They are so good... And I'm positive they are delicious with coffee.

    Enjoy your visit with your son.

  14. A cup of good coffee and a warm scone start any day off just right.

  15. Hi Bonnie! Oh, that scone looks and sounds delish! Yum!
    Yes, I've read Isaac's Storm. Did you see the monument to the lives lost during the 1900 storm on the seawall? A man holding his wife and baby in one arm and his other arm reaching up to heaven. Oh, it's heart wrenching!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. I adore scones. All kinds. It's coming time for some cranberry favorite.
    I've never added coffee to them, but what a great idea!

  17. Nothing like a great scone to greet you in the morning. Well done!

    May I get a dozen?

  18. I'm totally hungry now. :) And I vote for Ina's chicken salad. Enjoy the day!

  19. I've never scones very much. Yours looks good.

    Yes, indeed, I'll be going to Waynesboro in October to be with Ella. Last year I got to make her Halloween costume. I don't know if that is on the list of things to do this year or not, but I'll go ready.

    It is such a wonderful time of year there. Being in Florida there is not the excitement of fall as there is there. We do all the decorating as though the leaves were going to fall, but...
    It is a wonderful time of the year there, and I love being with my family

  20. I love scones...any time of day. The latest issue of Tea Time magazine has some simply fabulous scone recipes that I must try. Your recipe sounds delish too.

    Have a great week,

  21. I love scones. Your post reminds me that it has been way to long! I must get with it and bake!

  22. Scones are wonderful...for breakfast, lunch or dinner! I loved your sweet sheep mug by the way...we have quite the collection of mugs, and I love seeing what other people have. Thank you for sharing!

  23. I LOVE scones, and these look and sound delish!!

  24. I've yet to try my hand at scones. I'm so afraid they'll turn out like my biscuits....hard and dry. I think I'm going to have to try one more time!

  25. Wow, what a wonderful and creative combination of flavors. I bet those are delicious!

  26. I do love scones, and its one thing I have never made. Your scones look like they would go so well with my coffee! Yummm, can you mail me a few?

  27. Those scones and a cup of coffee would be lovely in the morning! Enjoy your visit with your son!

  28. Hey Bonnie ~ That looks like some of my favorite Stephen Mosse (sp?) pottery from Ireland. I have some with tulips on it.

    Irish pottery and scones . . oh my.



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