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Utah Buttermilk Scones

Buttermilk makes these classic Utah scones so delightful that you'll most likely eat too many. The texture is light and airy and the taste is delightful. It's a family favorite we eat often. Don't forget the honey butter—it's the perfect addition to the perfect scone. —Nichole Jones, Pleasant Grove, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm buttermilk, (110° to 115°)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • HONEY BUTTER:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In another large bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg, oil, sugar, salt, baking soda, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour; beat on medium until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll dough into a 16x8-in. rectangle. Cut into 24 rectangles. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 1 hour.
  • In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry scones, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  • For honey butter, in a large bowl, combine butter, honey, confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Spread on scones.
Editor's Note
Warmed buttermilk will appear curdled.
Nutrition Facts
1 scone: 184 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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