There is almost nothing better than the smell of warm cinnamon coming from the kitchen. It’s such a comforting smell and flavour, it’s an all-around favourite for baking. When you don’t have the time or don’t want to spare the effort of making homemade cinnamon buns, scones are an easy and equally delicious alternative. The flavour is very similar with a quarter of the effort and time, and nobody is stopping you from covering that scone in cream cheese icing or a nice glaze if you want to make them extra decadent.
To begin, you’ll want to have all your ingredients scaled out, because the make-up process is very quick. You’ll need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
½ cup cold unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
¼ – ½ cup milk, buttermilk or half-half
To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, set aside. Cube the cold butter and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter, or with your fingers, making sure not to melt the butter if you use your hands. You’re looking for there to be small chunks of butter throughout, make a well in the center.
Whisk the egg and the vanilla in a small bowl, and pour into the well. Add ¼ cup of the milk first, then mix the dough with your hand until a ragged dough forms. You can add more milk if the dough doesn’t come together.
Split the dough in half and shape into 1 inch thick disks on a lined or greased tray. Cut each disk into 6 equal portions, and bake for 15 minutes.
These can be eaten plain, with butter, clotted cream, or any icing of your choosing. To add a bit of crunch, you could also do a milk wash on top then sprinkle with coarse sugar. They are perfect for breakfast or for a sweet treat with a cup of tea or coffee. For more information on this recipe, just visit http://coffeetea.about.com/od/foodmeetsdrinks/r/Cinnamon-Scones-Recipe.htm