By Pearse O’Malley
Scones are a great and easy baked good that can be eaten at any time of the day, whether it’s morning or afternoon. They are also very versatile, as there is a myriad of mix-ins you can add to enhance flavor. It’s important to used cold, cubed butter when making scones, because this will ensure it will come out flaky. The chocolate chips can be swapped for a dried fruit, or you can omit the sugar, and make a savory scone.
Chocolate Chip Scones
-3 cups flour
-1/2 cup sugar
-5 tsp. baking powder
-1/2 tsp. salt
-3/4 cup butter, chilled
-1 cup milk
-1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter. Mix the egg and milk in a small bowl, and stir into flour mixture until moistened. Add chocolate chips.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly. Roll dough out into a 1/2 inch thick round. Using biscuit cutter or a knife, cut out scones.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.