Scones are terrible things, usually -- dry and crumbly and you pay $1.85 for one at Starbucks.
Stop doing that. Make these instead. They are moist and mix up in less than 3 minutes (I timed it) and require only 5 ingredients and about 10 minutes in the oven. they are referred to in my house as Naked Scones for reasons that shall not be elucidated here.
Before you balk, let me tell you there is NO creaming of butter to be done. no cutting of lard into flour. Just dump, mix, briefly knead, pat, cut, bake. There is one trick that will make your overnight guests/lovers/tea party companions pass out from joy. Will get to that in a moment. Here's what they look like when they are done, if you use a heart-shaped cookie cutter, which I recommend:
Here's what you do. The recipe is more or less stolen from Tricia Foley's Having Tea.
Measure 2 cups all-purpose flour into a large mixing bowl. Measure out 2 teaspoons granulated sugar. Drop it into the bowl. Add a teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon (TABLESPOON) baking powder (NOT BAKING SODA! Powder). Then mix it all around with the measuring spoon. Now add 1 cup heavy cream. You may need to add a bit more. Mix it quickly with a wooden spoon until it holds together. (If you only have 1 cup cream, you can make up the difference with a little milk or half and half. But the full cup of cream is a necessity. I'm sorry. I don't do low fat baked goods and neither should you.)
Flip the bowl out onto a board or your counter. Quickly and gently knead the dough so it sticks together. Don't overwork it; you want to leave it as springy and full of air as possible. It should take you just a minute till all the flakes are holding together.
Pat it or roll it out to be about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. You can either just cut it into pieces with a knife or cut it into heart shapes with your cookie cutter.
Oh yeah: heat the oven to 450.
Put your unbaked scones on a cookie sheet -- I always use parchment underneath the scones (or cookies or or or) to keep things from sticking. Now here is what elevates them to perfection: brush them with some leftover heavy cream, then sprinkle them with sugar. Sanding sugar -- big shiny flakes of it -- is best. You can get it at Sur la Table or someplace similar. But granulated sugar works too.
Bake them till they are golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Eat them warm with butter and tell me these are not the most perfect, rich, moist, delicious things you have ever put in your mouth. Serve them to friends, prepare for applause, pretend it was difficult, repeat next weekend. I'm serious: fool proof. If you feel you need to, you can add candied ginger or currants or dried cherries or cranberries etc. Add them BEFORE you add the cream, please. Makes distributing them evenly throughout the mix possible.
Make these, report back below.