1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold butter or margarine
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp grated orange peel (optional)
Additional sugar for topping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl whisk together milk and sour cream; set aside. In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 butter knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins and milk mixture. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter or cookie cutter, cut out desire shapes; place on greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm. Yields: 12 tender, slightly sweet scones.
I always type the recipe as I found it then add my own 2 cents...I poured about 1/2 cup hot water over the raisins before I started and let them soak to "plump" back up. Then, I drained them, patted them dry and chopped them (My daughter doesn't like raisins, so I thought if they were fine enough, maybe she'd at least be willing to try them--no such luck, even after all the extra work!)
The dough was a little sticky when I first turned it out of the bowl so I sprinkled some extra flour on top of it before I started to knead/pat it on the floured counter. If you're using a dark pan, you may wish to lower the temp by 25 degrees (my scones browned a little on the bottom). How do you call something "sunrise" and not have a hint of citrus flavor in it? I added some grated orange peel to the milk/sour cream mixture, and it added just the right touch of "sunrise" flavor. You could probably substitute lemon zest. Instead of using a biscuit or cookie cutter, I used my pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares & then on the diagonal to make triangles. I sprinkled some of the scones with cinnamon sugar prior to baking and some with powdered sugar after they came out of the oven. A powdered sugar & milk glaze would probably have worked well, too.
Bon apetit and Happy Smile Sunday to you all. Until next time...