“I sometimes think that the act of bringing food is one of the basic roots of all relationships.”—the Dalai Lama
There’s no doubt that relaxed tea parties or shared dinners with friends can provide some of life’s most comforting and cherished experiences. Food can infuse us with feelings of goodwill, warmth and contentment. And, what better feelings to share with friends?
If you are looking for something delicious to make for your friends or family, you can’t go wrong with a scone. They are quick to prepare and best eaten right away while they are warm (hence the need for friends to share them with). Serve them with a little margarine and some strawberry jam and watch them disappear.
With a nod to my Scottish heritage, this week I decided to try making a variation of Edna Staebler’s recipe for “Scottish Scones.” They turned out to be quite lovely, sort of chewy and delicious.
This recipe requires few ingredients, and you likely already have them on hand. You can even omit the raisins if need be (or if you prefer).
Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert snack breakfast vegan vegetarian raisins
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder, slightly rounded
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 Tbsp shortening (I used Earth Balance.)
- ½ cup raisins
- 2/3 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond milk.)
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Sift the dry ingredients together and cut in the shortening until crumbly.
- Add the raisins and stir in the milk.
- Turn out on a floured surface and knead a bit.
- Pat out to ¾-inch thickness and cut into rounds. (I used an over-turned drinking glass, about 3 inches in diameter.)
- Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden.
- Serve and enjoy!
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