Maple Leaf Buttermilk Scones


3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) chilled butter, cut in small pieces
3/4 cup currants
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon cream or milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon combined with 2 tablespoons sugar


Preheat oven to 425° F. In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until thoroughly blended. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Stir in the currants and the orange peel.

Make a well in the center of the butter-flour mixture and add the buttermilk all at once. Stir the mixture with a fork until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

With your hands, gather the dough into a ball; turn out onto a lightly floured board. Divide the dough into 2 parts. Pat each into a 7-inch circle 1 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, score each into 8 pie-shaped wedges.

Place the scones 1-½ inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush the tops with the cream or milk and sprinkle with the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Bake 12 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned.

Serve warm.


16 scones

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