Several years ago, we were on a cruise, and at one of the ports of call, we visited a French pastry shop and had the most wonderful scones. For an entire year, I made several batches of scones to no avail. Nevertheless, I didn't give up, and thank God I didn't because these taste just like them. They're rich and delicious!
PREHEAT OVEN TO 400 degrees
1 stick butter
2 cups all purpose flour
3 tbls granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsps. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbls brandy
1 egg, beaten
6 tbls half-half, heavy cream or buttermilk
1/2 cup currants, raisins, chocolate morsels
Add the dry ingredients to a mixer bowl. Using the paddle attachment, place a towel over top of the head of the mixer to prevent the flour from flying out everywhere, on low until you have fine crumbs.
While the mixer is running, add the wet ingredients until the dough sticks to the paddle. Add the fruit or morsels and spin a few more times until incorporated. Remove the dough onto the counter covered with plastic wrap and roll the dough out to a half-inch thickness.
Using a glass or cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles and place on sheet pan. Using an egg white, brush the tops of the scones and sprinkle raw sugar over top of each scone. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
The finished product. Oh yum!