I have been a sucker for scones ever since my Auntie S. made a batch of blueberry scones when I was in elementary school. I begged her to share her recipe with me, and I even invented my own little technique for stuffing blueberries in the middle of the scones. It was my solution for the messy, purple, staining mess that came with mixing blueberries into the dough. I don’t do that anymore (although my mom says she liked it that way), but I do still love to make cream scones!
These days, I’ve been making a bunch to finish off that huge Costco bag of dried cranberries we have sitting in the pantry. You know. The 3-lb bag hubby requested but no longer wants. He’s lucky I love mixing them into scones, or there’s no way we’d be finishing that bag! I can’t say I mind very much, because these little pastries are super delicious! They are flaky and crisp on the outside, and fluffy and moist on the inside. Perfection with a cup of tea. Throw on some lemon curd if you have it on hand.
During my freshman year of college, I learned from my friend Joanne that you should always sprinkle some sugar onto your scones. It adds a little touch of sweetness and a nice browned crunch on top. I have never strayed from that advice. Yum!
On Saturday, I baked a batch of these scones for the Newly Married’s Small Group we lead. We meet monthly to learn and share about building strong, solid marriages– a topic I am super passionate about (more on that in the future!). Through a mouthful of scone, someone asked, “Are you going to post this recipe on your blog? Oh, and is your mud pie recipe on your blog? That’s my favorite!”
Why yes, I am. And yes, it is.
I love it when someone has a favorite :).
I’ve made lots of scones in my lifetime, but this one is my go-to recipe. If you’ve been searching for your ultimate scone recipe, this one will be hard to beat. It’s easy, quick, and really scrumpdiddlyumtious!
Cream Scones with Dried Fruit
Recipe slightly tweaked from Cook’s Illustrated
If you are making these for a party or tea or something, then divide the dough into 2 discs in step 3 and continue in the same way. You’ll get smaller scones, which is more manageable to eat when there’s lot of other food :).