Sunday, April 14, 2024

ECHO EATS: Hearty Scones

These scones were made with dried fruit and chocolate peanut butter pieces. Photo by C. Tamulonis, 03/2024.

As we get used to the time change and look forward to spring, take a moment to enjoy a good cup of tea or strong coffee with some baked goods to help get you there faster. This versatile recipe can be used for breakfast, lunch or a hearty snack.

Hearty Scones

Ingredients

2 cups flour

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 stick of cold unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)

½ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup nuts

¼ cup chocolate pieces

½ cup of sour cream

1 egg

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 F
  • Mix all of your dry ingredients except for the cranberries, nuts and chocolate pieces
  • Slice your butter into the dry mixture and mix with your hands until it resembles a coarse meal
  • Add your cranberries, nuts and chocolate pieces 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together your sour cream and egg
  • Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and mix together
  • Flour your hands and start to manipulate the dough into a ball
  • On a large, floured baking sheet, press the ball into a flat disk around eight inches in length and ½ an inch thick
  • Sprinkle with sugar and/or cinnamon 
  • Using a pizza cutter or floured knife, slice into eight “pie” slices 
  • Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until slightly golden on top

Noshing Notes: You can swap out the cranberries, nuts and chocolate for any mix of sweet or savory. Try pieces of cooked ham or bacon, shredded cheese, garlic powder and chives for savory or any of your favorite flavor combinations.

Suggested Sides: Tea, creme fresh, butter, jam. Serve with a good friend on a rainy day.

Waste Not, Want Not: Throw scraps and eggshells into your compost pile if there are any left. 

Cybele Tamulonis
Cybele Tamulonis, Contributing Writer

Cybele is a writer and editor with more than 16 years in the publishing industry. An avid reader, you can usually find her with the latest new book release from the local library. She currently resides on a farm in Hardwick with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she writes historical fiction specific to New Jersey.