- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 pinch salt
- 8 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1⁄2 cup raisins (optional)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk (approximately)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon lukewarm water
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Cut in the chilled butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. (I prefer to grate in frozen butter).
- Add the raisins, beaten egg, and enough buttermilk to make a soft dough.
- Knead very lightly on a floured board to just combine the ingredients, handling gently to retain air needed for scones to rise.
- Roll out to a ½ inch thickness.
- Cut the dough into 8 thick wedges with a sharp knife.
- Place the scones on 2 greased baking sheets, leaving a ½ inch space around each one.
- To glaze, combine the egg yolk and water in a bowl and brush onto each scone (be careful not to drip any of the glaze onto the pan or the scones will stick).
- Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, or until golden brown.