Quick and Easy Scones with a Food Processor

In food processor's bowl, install 240 grams flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 3 tablespoons sugar (optional), and 0.5 to 1.5 teaspoons salt.  Pulse to mix once or twice.  Add 57 grams butter, cut into small pieces.  Blend butter with dry ingredients for a few seconds.  Add 100 grams buttermilk, milk, or water, and 1 egg.  Blend until mixture forms a ball.

Alternate: if you have the time, for a slightly better finished product, mix the milk and egg in by hand instead of with the food processor, so that the butter remains in small pieces.

Dough will be sticky.  Coat hands and baking sheet in flour.  Flatten dough into a circle shape and cut pie-style to eight pieces.  Separate pieces and bake at 350F

Flavours may be added after the butter.  For sweet scones, use 0.5 teaspoon salt and generously add raisins, blueberries, cranberries, lemon zest, or lavender.  For savoury scones, use 1.5 teaspoons salt, omit sugar, and add any combination of grated cheese, onions, cracked pepper, hot pepper, herbs, meat, or sun-dried tomatoes.

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