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Nov 5, 2009 09:35 PM

need a good / foolproof scone recipe

does anyone have a trusty favorite? i like my scones on the dry / crumbly / flaky side... not too muffin-like.

i've been looking around at recipes on food blogs and in my cookbooks and they all seem to be so different so i can't figure out which one to try! alice waters has one with cream and no butter at all! others have 6 TB butter. others have 1-2 sticks of butter. some have buttermilk. some cream. how do i choose?

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  1. The best scones I've ever had are from the Cheese Board in Berkeley. They are easy to make at home and are always met with rave reviews. They are sort of biscuity. Here's a link to the buttermilk currant variety:

    1. I haven't made scones in awhile but my sister makes the best - she uses the WIlliam's Sonoma recipes which you can find on their website.

      1. My favorite is the cream, no butter type. Absolutely foolproof, super-easy to make, and very tender. Classic texture, not muffin-like at all.

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          1. re: janeh

            That recipe has exactly the same ratio of dry ingredients to cream as I use (sometimes it takes another tablespoon or two of cream for the dough to come together - depends on how the flour behaves). I add whatever I'm in the mood for in the way of flavorings and add-ins, and like to cut them out with a biscuit cutter instead of wedges.

        1. I like the recipe in Baking with Julia for Scones, flavor as you will. The secret for me is NOT coating the scone with sugar, but instead, brushing the fresh from the oven, still hot scone with melted butter. You can top with sugar AFTER the melted butter is added. It adds an extra layer of moistness and richness that makes a plain scone something luscious.

          1. I like Cooks Illustrated oatmeal scones: quite crumbly.