I really enjoy scones.  I've never made my own before, but I saw several recipes which claimed that scones are really easy to make.  It didn't look easy.  The recipes involved cutting in cold butter, kneading and rolling the dough.  I've been putting it off for a while, but I finally got around to trying to make my own scones.


I originally wanted to make blueberry scones, but I soon realized that my blueberries would get smashed during the dough rolling process.  So I put in some raisins instead.  My first scone making experience was not as great as I would have liked.  I had a hard time forming the dough and a hard time rolling it.  Then I cut my slices too small.  I thought they would rise and spread more, but they didn't, so my scones are a bit too skinny.  Also it was hard to shape the dough after it was cut.  Then after baking them at the required amount of time, they looked raw still.  It was hard to tell when the scones were done.  I had pretty much given up on the scones after I took them out of the oven for the last time.  But when I came home from dinner a few hours later, I tried one out and it tasted quite delicious.  Sweet and not dry. 

I think next time I'm going to try making drop scones so I don't have to deal with all the rolling and cutting.

The recipe I used was from allrecipes and is entitled Grandma Johnson's Scones.


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • raw sugar for topping


  1. In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and baking soda, and set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar,
    and salt. Cut in the butter. Stir the sour cream mixture and egg into
    the flour mixture until just moistened. Mix in the raisins.

  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly. Roll
    or pat dough into a 3/4 inch thick round. Cut into 12 wedges, and place
    them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle scones with raw sugar.

  6. Bake 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown on the bottom.

3 comments on “Scones”

  1. You’re a scone pro now! See, it’s not so hard,huh? The secret is to not over-mix the dough. Gently combine everything just until incorporated. If you overdo the mixing, you come out with tough scones. And that’s never a tasty thing. 😉

  2. It was hard to make the first time, but I think I got the hang out of it now!

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