Five Gifts of Christmas for Family & Friends: Part 5

Perfectly Easy and Adaptable Scones

     For my 5th gift of Christmas suggestion, I had a hard time making a decision.  A couple of books, including a great audio version, came to mind, but in the end the choice was easy.  I had to include a homemade gift of food.  My new favorite baked goodie, which is also pretty quick and easy, is Christmas Morning Scones.

     I have always been reluctant to try to make scones.  Most of the recipes seem to require cutting in butter, a tedious chore that often leaves my wrists sore.  Then I spotted this scone recipe a couple of weeks ago in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  I was intrigued, especially with the idea of using heavy cream and sour cream as the liquid.  There aren’t even any eggs in it.

     The beauty of this recipe is that it can be modified to your heart’s delight.  Since I tested the original version, I have been experimenting all week.  I have tried it with blueberries, partial whole wheat flour, dried cranberries, and I even made up some almond flour.  The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

     Another great thing about this recipe is that you freeze the scones before baking them.  You can make them up a month in advance if you are one to plan ahead that far.  Then they go straight from your freezer into the oven.  I haven’t figured out why this works, but it just does.

     Whether you deliver your scones baked or frozen, they will be a welcome Christmas gift.  Maybe you could put a bag of them in something like this.

More to come on this source next year.

     In the meantime, Happy Baking and Merry Gifting!

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