I used a recipe I found many years ago and I have to admit, although the end result is pretty good, I was so impatient this morning that I didn't follow the directions closely and it could have ended in disaster. Unfortunately, I am not experienced enough to be able to experiment and invent. However, as I said, the end result is pretty good, so maybe it is a fool-proof recipe.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon butter
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup of milk (approx.)
1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
2. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3. Stir in the egg.
4. Add any "special item" (chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, cheese).
5. Gradually add the milk until a thick dough is formed.
6. Turnout the mixture onto a floured board and knead lightly. Roll out the dough to 3/4" thickness and cut them into rounds with a 2" cookie cutter.
7. Place the rounds about 1" apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush the top with a little egg or milk.
8. Bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
9. Serve warm.
Makes a dozen scones.
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with a mixer until stiff. Refrigerate until ready to use.