You know how sometimes you’re at restaurants or coffee shops, and you see a menu item and think, “Good God! They want me to pay HOW MUCH?! For THAT?! I could make that so easily. What a ripoff!” I thought this way about scones. To me, scones are basically the British version of a sweet, frequently fruity, biscuit. I’m Southern–making biscuits should almost be natural (not that I’ve actually ever made them before). But still…people have been doing this for CENTURIES. This really cannot be that difficult, right?
And then I tried making the little suckers. It was a hot mess. I even blogged about it. The problem wasn’t the taste, but the consistency–as the pictures showed. Also, making scones is MESSY. Don’t wear any rings because your hands are gonna get dirty. Don’t wear anything you care about, because you’re gonna be doused in flour. It is inevitable.
So, after a little bit of space and time, I decided my next jump into baking should be conquering the scone. And, in typical “me”-style, that meant I decided to bake without a recipe. This whole cooking-without-a-recipe seems to work for me. Whether you follow the below “recipe” or not, I hope your scone-baking works for you too.
- Approx 2 cups flour
- Approx 1/2 cup sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1-2 teaspoons baking soda
- Pinch of salt (Morton’s, not kosher)
- 1 egg
- 6-8 ounces sour cream
- 8 ounces butter, FROZEN (that’s right: freeze the butter)
- Preheat the oven to 400*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix the first five ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
- Mix the sour cream and egg in a separate bowl. Set aside.
- Take the frozen butter and grate it into the dry ingredients (I used a box grater…which was fun to watch). Using your hands, mix the butter in. The dough will become lumpy, but still will not be thick.
- Now add the wet ingredients and the blueberries. Again, you’re gonna want to use your hands to mix everything together.
- Pick up the dough in your dough-caked hands and mold on a floured surface into the shape and size you want.
- Place in the oven for 15 minutes, or until brown on top.