Monday, May 18, 2009

Atticus Cafe' Scones

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, currants or blueberries
2 eggs with milk added to total 1/2 cup

Preheat oven to 375 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Cut butter into dry ingredients until gravel-sized. Then rub the lumps of butter between palms--imagine flattening the butter into leaves. Work quickly so the butter doesn't soften. When the mixture resembles cornmeal stir in nuts or fruit.

Beat the eggs and milk together into measuring cup then pour over dry ingredients and toss. Gather mixture like a snowball and flatten it on the counter into a disk about 3/4-inch thick. Cut the disk into pie-shaped wedges and lay them on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes.