Idiot-Proof Scone Recipe

Scone Recipe that is perfect to make for Valentine's Day

Did you have a snow day yesterday and a day off today, too?  I did.  When I woke up yesterday morning, the sky was red, which if you saw my Instagram  means – red in the morning, take warning.  About an hour later the snow started and did not stop until after midnight. We got a lot of snow.

I don’t know about you, but I love a snow day, it makes me want to get all comfy cozy, watch a few old movies, and bake. Yes, bake.

One of my favorite treats to make on snow days are scones using a recipe that I found in Glamour magazine back in 1984. It was called Idiot-Proof Scones, which got my attention. I am glad it did, because they are so easy to make and DELISH.

Idiot Proof Scone Recipe from Glamour Magazine Circa 1984

See, I am not making it up – the recipe is really called, Idiot-Proof Scones.  I still have my original, splattered-on photocopy of the actual recipe from the magazine.  It is right up my alley in the kitchen – fast and uncomplicated.

My daughter’s and I have tweaked the recipe a bit over the years in the way of additions we put on top or into the mix.

Idiot-Proof Scones

Makes 6-8 scones

Here is what you will need: 

2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
8 Tbs.(1 stick) of cold unsalted butter, cut up
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup milk
Optional:  colored sanding sugar, chocolate chips

Heat oven to 425 F.

Put flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl; mix well.  Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender or rub in with your fingers, until the mixture looks like fine granules.  Add sugar; toss to mix.  Add milk and stir with a fork until soft dough results.

Form dough into a ball, put  onto a lightly floured board and knead 10 to 12 times.  Roll dough to about 14 x 5 1/2″ and cut out 6-8 scones with a 2 1/2 cutter; reroll and cut scraps.

Bake 10 minutes or until lightly golden on top. Don’t over bake.

Put a linen or cotton dish towel on a wire rack; cover loosely with the cloth and cool completely before serving.

How to make the recipe Idiot Proof Scones

Following the recipe, mix in the dry ingredients first, then follow with butter, sugar, and milk.  Mix with a fork until blended.

Roll-dough-into-a-ball-to-make-Scone-Recipe

Knead the dough about 10 times.  You don’t want it smooth, just in a ball.

Roll-Scone-dough-out

Roll the dough out into a rectangle.

How to cut scones with a-biscuit-cutter

I found the biscuit cutter at the thrift store. I like that is has a handle on it – makes it very easy to use.

Sprinkles

This is the part we added to the recipe, it is totally optional.  Topping the scones with colorful sanding sugar.

I had bought sanding sugar in white, red, and pink to be prepared for Valentine’s Day.  If you read my post about my Pantry Organization, then you may remember I have a thing for sanding sugars and sprinkles and have one entire basket devoted just for them.

Valentine's-Day-Scone-Recipe

They make the scones a bit more festive.  I just spoon the sanding sugar over them before baking.

Chocolate Scone Batter

I also love to add chocolate chips to them.

Sprinkle Gourmet Sanding Sugar on top of scones before baking

…and white sanding sugar.

Chocolate Chip Idiot Proof Scone Recipe

Delish on a snow day or any day for that matter.

Valentine Scones to enjoy with the people you love on Valentine's Day

The most important thing you need to do is right after they come out of the oven…

…is to eat them as soon as they are cool!  They don’t taste as good the next day.

Idiot proof scones with jam and whipped cream

My family likes them with a spoonful of  jam and whipped cream. I did not stage the jam into a heart, it just happened.

Scones for you and your Valentine.

Enjoy!

What would you add to this scone recipe…berries…nuts…citrus peel?  I think they would all work well in or on the scones.

Are you planning any special sweets and treats to give the ones you love this Valentine’s Day?

 

Comments

    • says

      Hi Yvonne – I bet you have a great recipe for them. The best scones I ever tasted were in Victoria Canada at the Empress hotel. I hope someday to get a hold of that recipe.

  1. Ferchi says

    I wish to have snow like you, but i live in Florida, so imposible!
    I”ll try this scones, they look very easy.

  2. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I am frightened to more than I can type about baking….. it looks like a biscuit…….. I am frightened that I will ruin it……… but I am going to try. I made biscuits in 8th grade and they were great. Then many years later I tried and oh my how awful they were.

    I am making these tomorrow. And in return I will share a simple recipe I have loved since 1982 ish.

    • says

      Hi Sheryll – Don’t worry, you will not ruin them. The only way that you could is if you bake them too long. They taste best when very lightly golden browned.

  3. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I will have to email the recipe…. but it is from Roman Meal Bread and after all these years I still love it and anyone that has tasted it has also. It is called or was “Company Salmon Loaf” and the company could not even find this recipe for me and then I finally did and sent it to them….. yep, right off the bread bag.

    • says

      Hi Sheryll – I have found that many of those back of the package recipes are the best. I have quite a few from chocolate cake to crunchy chicken. I would love to see the recipe.

  4. Barbara says

    The Empress Afternoon Tea Scones

    The Empress Hotel, Victoria, Canada

    Ingredients:
    1 lb 2 oz flour (hard)
    4 1/2 oz sugar
    4 1/2 oz butter
    1 oz baking powder
    3 oz raisins
    3 eggs
    8 oz whipping cream
    a pinch of salt

    Directions

    Crumb flour, butter, sugar, baking powder and salt.

    Add 2 1/2 of the 3 eggs slowly, use remaining egg for egg wash

    Add raisins

    Add cream, mix to smooth dough

    Roll out 1/2 inch thickness, cut out desired size

    Egg wash, bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 mimutes

    Makes 18 scones – regular size. Bring some to the office to share with your co-warkers! Enjoy!

    Courtesy of The Chef at The Empress Hotel. We are please to share this recipe for the world famous Empress Tea Scones! Don’t forget to come and stay in our hotel when you visit Victoria, Canada.

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