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Current Scones Recipe and Photo from Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours

Current Scones

Recipe and Photo from Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours
Thanks to Sarabeth's Kitchen for sharing this recipe for Current Scones. Want to make them extra special? Serve them with one of their award-winning preserves.

This Recipe and photo are reprinted with permission from Sarabeth's Bakery: From My Hands to Yours (Rizzoli New York).

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, chilled
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • A few gratings of fresh nutmeg
  • 10 tablespoons (1-1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1 large egg, well beaten with a hand blender, for glazing

Preparation:

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 425°F. Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. TO MAKE THE DOUGH BY HAND: Whisk the milk and 2 eggs together in a small bowl; set aside. Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and nutmeg into a medium bowl. Add the butter and mix quickly to coat the butter with the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour, scraping the butter off the blender as needed, until the mixture resembles coarse break crumbs with some pea-size pieces of butter. Mix in the currants. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the milk mixture and mix just until the dough clumps together.
    TO USE A MIXER: Whisk the milk and 2 eggs together in a small bowl; set aside. Sift the dry ingredients together into the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer. Add the butter. Attach the bowl to the mixer and fit with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed to low. Add the milk mixture, mixing just until the dough barely comes together.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface and sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of flour on top. Knead the dough a few times, just until it doesn't stick to the work surface. Do not overwork the dough. The surface will be floured, but the inside of the dough should remain on the wet side. Gently roll out the dough into a 3/4-inch-thick round.
  4. Using a 2 1/2 -inch fluted biscuit cutter, dipping it into flour between cuts, cut out the scones (cut straight down and do not twist the cutter) and place 1-1/2 inches apart on the prepared half-sheet pan. To get the most biscuits out of the dough, cut out the scones close together in concentric circles. Gather up the dough scraps, knead very lightly, and repeat to cut out more scones. You should get two scones from the second batch of scraps. Brush the tops of the scones lightly with the beaten egg, being sure not to let the egg drip down the sides (while would inhibit a good rise).
  5. Place the scones in the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 400°F. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool on the pan for a few minutes, then serve warm or cool completely.

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