Scones are one of my favorite breakfast items.  There are so many different ways to do them, but sometimes an old fashioned scone is all you need...nothing but the scone and some incredible jam. Here's a favorite recipe of mine.

(makes 8)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp sugar in the raw
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold butter (1 stick) cut into pieces
3/4 cup milk
1 large egg, separated 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degree.  In large bowl, with wire whisk, stir flour, 2 tbsp sugar, baking powder, and salt.  With pastry blender cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

2. In 1-cup measuring cup, with fork, mix milk and egg yolk until blended.  Make well in center of flour mixture and pour in milk mixture.  Stir just until combined.

3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead 5 to 6 times, just until smooth.  With lightly floured hands, pat into 7 1/2-inch round.  Transfer to ungreased cookie sheet with parchment paper.

4. With lightly floured knife, cut dough into 8 wedges (do not separate wedges).  In small cup, lightly beat egg white.  Brush scones with egg white and sprinkle with remaining 2 tsp sugar in the raw.  Bake until golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes.  Separate wedges.  Serve warm or cool on wire rack to serve later. 

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