it was such a beautiful day in chicago yesterday. the temperature was 80F in the afternoon, but there was a nice breeze to keep everything comfortable. john took the day off so he could do some yard chores on such a nice day.
i started the morning by baking scones. i just got a new scone pan and i was excited to try it out. i got this recipe from the weight watchers new complete cookbook. and it's really easy.
1 cup plus 2 tbsp all purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp currants (i used yellow raisins. i've also used dried, chopped apricots)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup reduced fat buttermilk
1 large egg
1 tsp unsalted butter, melted (i used salted butter because that's what we have)
preheat the oven to 425F. spray the scone pan (or baking sheet) with nonstick spray.
combine flour, fruit, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. in another bowl (i use my kitchenaid mixer), combine the buttermilk, egg and butter (it helps to beat the egg first). combine the wet and dry ingredients in the kitchen aid (or large bowl). stir until the flour just disappears. don't overmix.
if you don't have a scone pan: lightly sprinkle a work surface with flour. turn out the dough. pat the dough into a 1/4-inch circle. cut into 8 rounds with a 2-inch cutter, or cut into 8 triangles with a sharp knife. transfer to a baking sheet, placing the scones 1-inch apart.
or, divide the dough between the 8 sections of the scone pan.
reduce the oven temperature to 400F. bake the scones until they are golden brown, 12-15 minutes.
the only way you can tell this is a weight watchers recipe is that the scones are small. but they taste great.
give them a try!