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Buttermilk Scones

(by Sian Reeves)

(adapted from BBC Food)

3 1/3 c. flour plus extra for dusting

2 t. baking soda

2 t. cream of tartar

2 t. sugar

4 T. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2 T. vegetable shortening

1 1/4 c. buttermilk

1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 425 F.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and sugar.

Add the butter and shortening, and rub into the flour mixture with fingers.

Add buttermilk, and mix to form a dough.

Lightly flour a work surface, and pat the dough out 1 1/2 in. thick.

Use a 2-in. biscuit cutter to form rounds.

Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Brush tops with beaten egg.

Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden.

Cool on a wire rack and serve with clotted or whipped cream and jam.


(Read Heart On A Plate, the story that accompanies this recipe.)

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