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 it is the best scone recipe ever!
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 Scone Recipe
Idiot-Proof Scone Recipe
- 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.
Makes 6 - 8 scones
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; re-roll 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.
Following the recipe, mix in the dry ingredients first, then follow with butter, sugar, and milk. Mix with a fork until blended.
Knead the dough about 10 times. You don’t want it smooth, just in a ball.
Roll the dough out into a rectangle.
I found the biscuit cutter at the thrift store. I like that is has a handle on it – makes it very easy to use.
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.
They make the scones a bit more festive. I just spoon the sanding sugar over them before baking.
I also love to add chocolate chips to them.
…and white sanding sugar.
Delish on a snow day or any day for that matter.
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.
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.
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?