Pictured here are the favorite scones I have made. Clockwise from the top left: Queen's Scones, with Sultanas; a tea party I had with my friends, including crochet hearts and little scones and jam; Apple Cheddar Scones; My favorite scones (half plain, half chocolate chip); banana scones with glaze. In the background is a Victoria's Sponge Cake.
The recipe for my favorite scones is this:
-4 cups flour
-1/2 cup sugar
-4 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter.
-1 pint whipping cream (or 1 cup milk + as much as it takes to mix)
-1 cup chocolate chips (if desired, it tastes good plain as well. Or you can try a cup of blueberries, mix it up!)
1. Preheat Oven 380°F
2. Mix together dry ingredients and vanilla in a big bowl.
3. For the butter: take it out of fridge, cube, and mix in with your hands.
4. Once butter is sort of incorporated, like pie crust, mix in the cream. Start with 1 cup cream and slowly add the second cup, while mixing, until all the dough combines. If you use milk, you will not need all 2 cups, more like a cup and a half
5. Add chocolate chips if desired (I recommend splitting the dough in half, and adding a half cup of chocolate chips to one half, leaving the other plain. These don't need chocolate chips to be good)
6. Take half the dough. Shape into a circle about an inch thick. Cut with a butter knife into eight pieces. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet an inch apart and bake 14-16 minutes. Do same with second half of dough.
7. Cool on a wire rack.