A Romantic Treat for St. Patrick’s Day ~ Scones!

By Johannah Bryson, author of Lake Effect

There’s nothing I love better than a great romance novel, a good cup of tea, and a tasty scone! They’re really very easy to make and I’ve found that when I follow a few simple rules, I have great success.

Ingredients in refrigeratorMy first rule is to pre-measure everything I need, and then put it in the fridge the night before, including the dry ingredients. I also put my mixing bowl and paddle in the fridge as well.

2 cups all purpose flour
¼ cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp kosher salt

½ cup butter, diced and kept very cold
Zest of 1 large lemon or ½ cup chocolate chips, craisins, nuts . . . you get the idea.
2/3 cup buttermilk, kept very cold

In a stand mixer, mix the first four ingredients. Mix the next three in and blend until it just comes together. Place on a floured surface and shape into a disk. Cut into wedges and place each wedge on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Finished sconesPre-heat oven to 400 degrees; brush the tops of each scone with an egg wash, or cream or some of the buttermilk, bake until browned. Remove and place on rack to cool.

Your finished scone should have lots of layers, a direct result of that cold butter releasing steam during the baking process.

These will keep for one week in an air tight bag (lol, as if!) and for up to three months in your freezer.

Enjoy!!

As always, feel free to contact me at Johannahbryson@gmail.com ~ Happy St. Patty’s Day!