I have never been a fan of baking, I’m not one to follow recipes and measure ingredients.  Flour always seems to get all over the kitchen, but maybe that’s more of a personal issue than a baking one.  I also don’t have patience to wait for things to bake, then cool, and let’s not get into forming cookies, or measuring out cupcakes.  All mess makers for me.  The problem is, homemade baked goods taste so much better than the preserved, processed stuff you find in stores, and if you want fresh homemade taste, you pay a premium for it.  Flour is cheap, sugar is cheap, and butter can be found on sale.  I have a hard time paying that premium knowing how inexpensive the actual ingredients are.  Thank goodness for scones and my Kitchenaid mixer.  I rarely use it, but I’m always so  thankful to have it when I do bake.  What a great investment!

  
The first thing I do is assemble all my ingredients.  Bear with me, this will be the first time I’m writing out an actual recipe, so if there’s any confusion, feel free to ask for clarification.  

2 1/2 C All purpose flour

1 T Baking powder

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 C Sugar

8 T Butter (1 stick)

2/3 C Cream (or milk, or half and half)

 
The dry ingredients are all added to the mixer, and I mix them on low until everything looks well incorporated.

  

Then, the cold cubed butter is added while continuing mixing.  All of this could be done by hand in a bowl, but this is so much easier and quicker. I admit I am lazy enough to give up baking altogether if not for my Kitchenaid mixer.

 
After the butter has all been added, I pour the cream in slowly and allow the mixer to continue until the dough forms and it all comes together.  Then I remove it, roll it out until it’s about an inch think and cut it into wedges with my pizza cutter.  

  

The wedges are laid out on an ungreased pan and sprinkled with some more sugar and cinnamon.  I bake this in my convection toaster oven at 425 degrees for about 12 minutes.  I actually do most of my baking in my toaster oven.  I love that I don’t have to preheat it, or heat up my house with the regular oven.   The smoke detectors in my house are also super sensitive, and whenever I use my regular oven at a temp higher than 350 degrees, they go off and scare my dog.  No Bueno.

 
When they’re done, they should be a little brown on top.  If you want them to be a little softer you can bake them closer together, if you like them a little crispier bake them with more space between them.  I love that these scones are done in less than 20 minutes, start to finish, and really don’t leave me with a huge mess to clean up.  Believe it or not, that really adds to my enjoyment of the treat!