Mrs. G's Fair Scones

"This base of this recipe is called Puyallup Fair Scones (Recipe #183806)...I of course had to mess with a good thing and here's the recipe I came up with. These are even better! Here's some of the research on scones that I found...using butter gives the best flavor, but shortening preserves the scones better after the first day. Hence the 1/2 butter, 1/2 shortening, a good compromise. Using heavy cream keeps the scones moister than milk. The recommended flours (for taste and gluten content) are first, Pillsbury Unbleached Enriched All-Purpose Flour (with a 10 - 11% gluten content), second King Arthur Unbleached Enriched All-purpose Flour (with an 11% gluten content). Chilling the butter and shortening in the freezer for 20 minutes or so helps the fat not "melt" when mixing. You can use your hands or a pastry blender to mix the fat and flour, but using a food processor also keeps the fat intact and not "melted" from the heat of your hands. Mix as little as possible so that the gluten does not over develop and make the scones tough. Sifting is critical. 2 1/2 cups unsifted flour weighs more than 2 1/2 cups sifted flour and would make a tougher scone. If you want to get really into it, "they" say that you should place a measuring cup on top of some parchment/wax paper and actually sift the flour into the cup, use the paper to catch the excess."
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8 scones




  • Sift and measure the flour.
  • Re-sift with other dry ingredients.
  • Work shortening & butter into dry ingredients with the fingers.
  • Add raisins to flour-fat mixture and mix thoroughly (you may omit raisins).
  • Add milk to mixture. (If you are omitting the raisins, add another 2 Tablespoons of milk).
  • Turn out on to a floured board and divide into two equal pieces.
  • Roll or pat each into a round and to the thickness of biscuits (3/4 inch to a full inch).
  • Cut into wedge shaped pieces like a pie and bake about 15 minutes at 450 degrees on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • To serve like they do at the fair; split open but do not cut clear through. Fill with jam and close.

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  1. I’d like to try the very original Scone Recipe without any changes. Do you have that one? Would you mind posting it for me?
  2. We attended the WA State Fair at Puyallup...and Fisher fair scones are still going strong! Patiently waited in line 30 minutes to buy our baker's dozen for only $20. They are as good as always! Made on the watch as they knead the dough, cut, bake, slice, dab of butter from huge 1'x1' round butter block, then gobs of raspberry jam dobbed.. each in their own bag before the carry bag. Heaven...oh yes! Imust try both recipes to have more !
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  3. good basic scone used raisins cakepops on parade pnw leg of quest
  4. Good scone recipe. thank you
  5. A better recipe of this calls for baking powder. It also calls for milk, not all heavy whipping cream. Make it this way and you'll be eating dense brick pastries out of your oven; except the shape, this does not resemble Puyallup Fair Scones. If you like extremely heavy shortbread, this might work.



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