1 1/4 cups
old fashioned oats
( raisins, currants, cranberries, etc.)
1/4 cup light butter or 1/4 cup
( for brushing)
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix together dry ingredients (flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt).
- Cut in butter (I like to dice the butter and add it in, separating the cubes) and combine using a fork until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
- Add dried fruit to dry mixture if desired.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (buttermilk, half-and-half, vanilla).
- Gradually add wet mixture to the flour mixture and combine until a soft and sticky dough is formed.
- Move dough to a lightly floured surface and knead 2-3 times. Do not overwork the dough. Roll the dough into a 6-8-inch circle (depending on how thick you like your scones) and cut into 8 pie-shaped slices. You can experiment with other dough shapes (such as circles) to maximize servings.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until scones are golden-brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- For extra crunch and golden color, brush the tops of the scones with buttermilk. Liberally sprinkle sugar on top and broil carefully for a few minutes, turning and adjusting as necessary. Be sure to watch as sugar browns quickly.