Rosemary Harris: If you're Scottish you might want your stone to be the Stone of Scone (that's where the kings are crowned) but you definitely don't want your scones to be made of stone. (I'm cracking myself up with this...I hope someone else thinks it's funny.)
Anyway, that's where Nigella Lawson comes in. This is my all-time favorite scone recipe - and I will continue call them Sc-oh-nes and not scons, just as I will continue to say Ha-why-ee and not Ha-vy-ee. But I digress.
Following is from Nigella's How to Be a Domestic Goddess cookbook. She calls them Lily's Scones and they are pretty foolproof. I sometimes throw in a handful of chocolate chips or dried cranberries. Sometimes I just slather them with jam or marmalade and have a whole mess of them for dinner.
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
tsp baking soda
4 ½ tsp cream of tartar
¼ cup cold unsalted
2 tbs vegetable shortening, in teaspooned lumps
1 1/3 cups milk
large egg, beaten, for egg wash (optional)
Tools:2 ½ inch crinkle edge round cutter
1 Baking pan,
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Sift flour, salt,
baking soda and cream of tartar into a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter, add
vegetable shortening and butter until the mixture is like damp sand. Add milk
all at once, mix very lightly until just blended (do not over mix). Turn out onto
a floured surface and knead lightly to form the dough.
Roll out to about
1 to 1 ¼ inch thickness. Dip the cutter into some flour, then stamp out at least
10 scones. You get 12 in all from this, but you may need to re-roll of the last
two. Place on the baking sheet very close together – the idea is they bulge and
stick together on cooking – then brush the tops with egg wash. Put in the oven
and cook for 10 minutes or until risen and golden.
Always eat freshly
baked, preferably still warm from the oven with butter or clotted cream and
healthy dollop of jam. Makes 12
BTW In the course of looking for Nigella's recipe online (so I wouldn't have to key in!) I found a cool blog called Pearls of Style. http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com.au/ It's a fun combination of food and fashion! Check it out...