I was playing around with my original recipe and came up with this version, which I think is a bit more moist. I usually divide the dough in 2 and then add my mix ins so that I get two flavors from one batch. You could easily halve the recipe too. Our current favorites for mix ins are blueberries (usually need to add a little more flour to the mix) and triple chocolate chip.
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Mix flour (start with 3 cups), baking powder, salt, sugar and brown sugar, until well incorporated.
- Cut the butter into tiny pieces and mix into the flour mixture (you can also use a food processor for this step). Keep cutting in the butter until you incorporate the butter into the flour and it looks like it's the consistency of cornmeal.
- Add the milk, sour cream and vanilla extract, and mix to form a dough. If dough is too wet to work with, add a little more flour till you have a moist dough, but it's workable. Add your mix ins and mix till well distributed. If you have a wet mix in like blueberries, you may need to add a little more flour.
- Cut dough in two (or cut in two before adding the mixins if you want two flavors) and shape into 2 rounds, 1/2 inch thick. Baste the top with a little milk and then sprinkle with sugar. Cut each circle into 8 wedges. Separate slightly to help them cook. Cook for approximately 17 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through in the middle.
Made a batch of these today with the zest of two clementines as my mix in and they turned out fairly well. To finish them off, I made a glaze with the juice from the clementines and powdered sugar. They were a tad gummy while still warm after the recommended bake time, but when cooled they seem to have evened out texture-wise. I think I might have needed to bake them a minute or two long...next time. I already have some other ideas of how I want to utilize this recipe.
Oh My....I made these awesome scones for the My 3 Chefs 08 event. I split 1 recipe of the dough in 1/2 and mixed in Cinnamon chips into the 1st batch and milk chocolate chips into the 2nd. I overcooked them a wee bit but even so they are better than fancy coffee house scones. I will freeze these beauties and eat 1 (or 2?) every workday morning on my long commute with a big hot travel mug of fresh, strong black coffee. HEAVEN!!!!