Currant Scones

Staff Writer
Currant Scones
Currant Scones
Sarabeth's

In Britain, these are tea time favorites, but in the States, we like them for breakfast, too. Just follow this recipe and you'll get flaky, buttery scones that are excellent partners with your finest jams. 

Ready in
45 m
6
Servings
496
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, chilled
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • A few gratings of fresh nutmeg
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1 large egg, well beaten with a hand blender, for glazing

Directions

 

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees. Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper. 

To make the dough by hand: Whisk the milk and 2 eggs together in a small bowl; set aside. Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and nutmeg into a medium bowl. Add the butter and mix quickly to coat the butter with the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour, scraping the butter off as needed, until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs with some pea-size pieces of butter. Mix in the currants. Using a wooden spoon, stil in the milk mixture and mix until the dough clumps together. 

To use a mixer: Whisk the milk and 2 eggs together in a small bowl; set aside. Sift the dry ingredients into the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer. Add the butter. Attach the bowl to the mixer and fit with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until the mixture looks mealy with some pea-size bits of butter. Mix in the currants. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Add the milk mixture, mixing until the dough barely comes together. 

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface and sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of flour on top. Knead the dough a few timesm just until it doesn't stick to the work surface Do not overwork the dough. The surface will be floured, but the inside of the dough should remain on the wet side. Gently roll out the dough into a ¾-inch thick round. 

Using a 2 ½ inch fluted biscuit cutter, dipping it into flour between cuts, cut out the scones (cut straight down and and do not twist the cutter) and place 1½ inches apart on the prepared half-sheet pan. To get the most biscuits out of the dough, cut out the scones close together in concentric circles. Gather up the dough scraps, knead very lightly, and repeat to cut out more scones. You should get 2 scones from the second batch of scraps. Brush the tops of the scones lightly with the beaten egg, being sure not to let the egg drip down the sides (which would inhibit a good rise.)

Place the scones in the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 400 degrees. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool on the pan for a few minutes, then serve warm or cool completely.

Currant Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Currant Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
23g
35%
Sugar
14g
N/A
Saturated Fat
13g
67%
Cholesterol
145mg
48%
Protein
11g
21%
Carbs
63g
21%
Vitamin A
207µg
23%
Vitamin B12
0.3µg
5.1%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
5.5%
Vitamin C
0.6mg
1%
Vitamin D
1µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
1mg
4.9%
Vitamin K
2µg
3%
Calcium
277mg
28%
Fiber
3g
10%
Folate (food)
33µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
196µg
49%
Folic acid
96µg
N/A
Iron
4mg
23%
Magnesium
25mg
6%
Monounsaturated
6g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
20%
Phosphorus
451mg
64%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
229mg
7%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
27.4%
Sodium
330mg
14%
Sugars, added
5g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.5mg
35.1%
Trans
0.8g
N/A
Zinc
0.9mg
6%