Get out your tea cozy! It's time for another regular installment of tea biscuits. These are very impressive looking and will rival those coffee shop display scones you eye every morning!
Taken from The America's Test Kitchen 2001-2011 Cookbook.
10 TBSP unsalted butter frozen
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (can substitute for frozen or use equal amounts of raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries)
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups unbleached flour, plus extra for work surface
1/2 cup sugar, plus about a tsp for sprinkling later
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp grated lemon zest
It may seem like a long process when you look at the directions, but it's not. Lots of detail is included so you can follow the exact steps to produce amazing scones!
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 425.
Place 8 TBSP of butter in freezer until needed. Melt 2 TBSP of butter and set aside.
Whisk the milk and sour cream together in a medium bowl; refrigerate until needed.Whisk flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and lemon zest in medium bowl. Add frozen butter to flour mixture and toss with fingers until the butter is thoroughly coated.
Add milk mixture to flour mixture; fold with a rubber spatula until just combined. Using the spatula, transfer dough to liberally floured work surface. With floured hands, kneading the dough six to eight times until it just holds together in a ragged ball, adding flour as need to prevent sticking.
Roll the dough into an approximate 12 inch square. Fold the dough into thirds like you would a business letter. Lift the short ends of the dough and fold into thirds again to form an approximate 4 inch square. Transfer the dough to a plate lightly dusted with flour and chill in the freezer for five minutes.
Transfer dough to floured work surface and roll into 12 inch square again. Sprinkle blueberries (or whatever you are using) over the surface of the dough, then press down so they are slightly embedded. Roll the dough pressing to for a tight log. Lay the log seam side down, and press into a 12 by 4 inch rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut the rectangle crosswise into four equal rectangles. Cut each rectangle diagonally to form two triangles and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet.
Brush the tops with the melted butter and sprinkle the remaining tsp of sugar on top. Bake until the tops and bottoms are golden brown, 18-25 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and cool for 10 minute (whatever you are able) before serving.
Delicious for breakfast :)