Best Ever Scones

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READY IN: 1hr
YIELD: 8 scones
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 450°; stir together the first 4 ingredients in a big bowl.
  • Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas.
  • Freeze 5 minutes.
  • Add 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Turn dough out onto wax paper; gently press dough or pat dough into a 7-inch round (mixture will be crumbly).
  • Cut round into 8 wedges.
  • Place wedges 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Brush tops of wedges with remaining 2 tablespoons cream just until moistened.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden.
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