Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sweet Cinnamon Scones

Lately I have been on a cupcake and scone kick. I found this recipe on http://thepioneerwoman.com/ and followed it pretty close, only I halved the recipe. I will post the halved recipe here, it still made quite a few. If you need a bigger recipe, go to the original at the pioneer woman's blog. These scones were Yummo! and would be really good with hot chocolate. I love cinnamon anything, and they smelled sooooo good while baking, and then I ate one right out of the oven. MMMMMM so good!

Sweet Cinnamon Scones
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, (1 stick)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 whole egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, or food processor, combine the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and baking powder. Cut butter into pieces, then cut into dry ingredients with a pastry blender or pulse in a food processor until mixture resemples coarse crumbs. Stir in the cinnamon chips.
In another medium size bowl, mix together the 1/4 cup cream, egg, and vanilla. Pour into the flour/butter mixture, stir gently with a fork to just combine.
Turn on to lightly floured surface, mixture might be slightly dry, or sticky, depending on the day and the weather. Mine was quite sticky, so I added a little more flour to it and had lots of flour underneath to prevent sticking. I formed mine into a long rectangle, but you can form a circle if you like. If your batter is slightly dry, just press together to form either a rectangle or square.
Mix together the topping ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a fork. Then sprinkle over the top of your dough, lightly pressing the topping into the dough.
Cut your rectangle in half, then each half in half again, so you end up with four squares. Then cut each square in half diagonally so you have 8 triangles. (or if you formed in a circle cut with pizza cutter like you do a pizza till you have 8 triangles)
Place on your prepared baking sheet, and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
I suggest eating them right out of the oven with hot chocolate or a tall glass of milk!! YUMMO!

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