Grandma’s Scotch Scones
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup shortening
3 cup flour (slightly packed)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (if using unsalted shortening)
1 cup raisins (optional)
Sift flour, sugar and baking powder together then work in shortening and raisins. Beat egg in a 1 cup measure and fill with milk. Mix egg mixture into dry mix. Place dough on a floured board and knead slightly. Pat or roll out to ¾ to 1 inch thickness, cut into circles (with a circle cookie cutter or by tracing around a small glass with a knife) and place on a cookie sheet close to each other. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. If using sour milk use ½ tsp baking soda and 1½ tsp baking powder.
My grandmother made these often, for every church event and many family gatherings. The photo is of my grandmother, Joan Johnson, who passed away a year and a half ago.
She would make these in various sizes but they would always be paired with her homemade strawberry jam. For church events she would make a batch loonie size but for the family, they would be the size of your palm. When I made them for her memorial tea everyone remembered her scones and the whole batch was eaten.
from Erin Bullivant