Lighten Up! With a recipe from Cooking Light – Classic Scones

Classic Scones - Pastaprincessandmore.wordpress.comLighten up!  Who doesn’t want to lighten up, especially with the temps soaring and hitting the beach.  This is a good basic scone recipe and is excellent served with my home-made strawberry balsamic jam.  You can whip up a batch of these scones in 15 minutes!  Watch them carefully in the oven as oven temperatures vary – mine only took 13 minutes to bake.  ENJOY!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup dried currants
  • 2 teaspoons fat-free milk
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Combine 1/2 cup milk, vanilla, and egg white in a bowl. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist (dough will be soft). Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle surface of dough with dried currants. With floured hands, knead 4 times or just until the currants are incorporated.

Pat dough into an 8-inch circle on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut dough into 12 wedges, cutting into, but not through, dough. Brush 2 teaspoons milk over surface of dough; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar.  Bake at 425° for 17 minutes or until golden. Serve warm, or cool on a wire rack.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

  • Calories: 149
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 23.4g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 13mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 203mg
  • Calcium: 56mg

Source:  myrecipes.com

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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Scones – Tease Your Taste Buds

Scones … what could be better than Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Scones and Coffee or tea?  One bite into this scone will tease your taste buds with the deliciousness of chocolate and a slight hint of cinnamon and before you know it your plate will be empty. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  •                     2 cups all-purpose flour
  •                     1/3 cup sugar
  •                     1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  •                     1 teaspoon baking powder
  •                     1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  •                     1/2 teaspoon salt
  •                     8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  •                     1 Cup Chocolate Chips
  •                     1/2 cup sour cream
  •                     1 large egg
Directions

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in chocolate chips.

In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.

Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Source:  Adapted from Allrecipes