Blood Orange Scones

Adapted from Nigella Lawson

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder (not a typo...3 tsp!)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 c. Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • (1/3 c. crystallized ginger or chocolate chips or whatever, optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade (or just a big bowl, if you're doing this by hand), dump in the flour, baking powder and salt.  Give it a quick pulse or whisk. In a measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the egg and olive oil until well blended.  Pour that on top of the flour mixture.  Next add in the milk. Pulse it all together until it forms into a shaggy ball and then throw in your optional add ins and pulse it again once or twice. Or mix it together with a pastry cutter, if you're old fashioned.

Put the shaggy ball onto a lightly floured surface and pat it into a 8 inch-ish? circle (of whatever your desired thickness, but remember that it will rise). Don't over work your dough. It shouldn't be nice and smooth.  Scones and craggy and flaky and the more you work it, the less of both it will be. Take a sharp knife and cut it like a pizza, into 8 triangles.  You can brush them with milk or butter, but I didn't and they were just fine.  Place them gently on your prepared baking sheet.

Pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes, turning once, if you have a hot spot in your oven, as I do.  Take them out, let them cool (a little) and enjoy! I like mine with strawberry jam.

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