scones on a sunday

scones are scrumptious. i have a recipe from years ago which i cut out of a newspaper during this time of year. sometimes i make spooned scones, but mostly, they're these wonky triangles. i've found that the rind of kumquats and blood oranges make it nicely tart and tangy.

what's lovely about having a basic recipe is that you can add different types of flavoring; citrus, cranberries, dried cherries, lavender, chocolate. for the ones i made the other night, i used blood orange and paired them with blueberry jam and whipped cream.

basic scone recipe: 

1 cup pastry flour
1 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup turbinado sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, cut into small pieces
grated rind of 1 small orange or several kumquats
1 egg
1/2 cup milk with squirt of lime juice

(preheat oven to 400 degrees)

in a bowl, combine dry ingredients. using pastry cutter, cut in butter until crumbly. mix in rind. add egg and soured milk, stir until moistened. transfer dough onto lightly floured surface, knead 10-12 strokes, ending with a flattened ball. either cut into 6 wedges or spoon onto parchment lined tray. paint milk on tops, and sprinkle with sugar. bake 10-12 minutes. let cool on rack. serve with devonshire cream and blueberry jam. 

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