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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Scones for Easter!

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Here is a recipe for Easter Scones. I'm not sure what makes them more appropriate for Easter than for any other day in the year, but here's the recipe. I will be baking this morning anyway, so I may whip up some of these!

Easter Scones
4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 lb unsalted butter
2 cups oats
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and butter. Blend well. Then place in a bowl and add oats and spices and raisins. Mix gently. Add the buttermilk and mix gently. The dough will be somewhat crumbly. Put onto a board and roll the dough into 1" thickness and cut with cutter or just with a knife into the shapes you want. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes. Dust the scones with sugar before baking for a little extra sweetness. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Makes 1 dozen scones.
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Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)