Sunday, February 01, 2009

Recipe: Ginger Vanilla Scones

Scones are a form of biscuit, they can be sweet or savory and are delicious for a snack, with soup or for afternoon tea.  I have heard scones described as a sibling to a muffin, but I think that is because they come in so many varieties, like muffins do, but they still remind me of a biscuit.
I have made lots of scones, lots of flavors.  These Ginger Vanilla are the best! I made them with grated fresh ginger (that I keep in the freezer) and powdered ginger, but you could use crystalized ginger and it would be delicious, too.
2 cups flour
1 T powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/ cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
3  T grated ginger
1 tsp powdered ginger
1/2 - 2/3 cup milk

Set oven to 400.
Combine all dry ingredients and work the butter into the mixture.  It should look crumbly. Combine the vanilla and 1/2 cup milk and slowly work into the butter mixture.
The mixture should be thick and doughlike.  Add more milk if needed, just until mixture forms and can be kneaded.
Knead in bowl or on counter if you prefer just a few times.
Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with a dusting of sugar (or egg wash if you prefer).
Bake 15 min or until light brown.
Absolutely yummy.

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