Potato scones

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ cup Flour, all purpose
¼ cup Sugar, granulated; approx
1 tablespoon Baking powder Salt
2 tablespoons Butter; or shortening
¼ cup Currants
2 \N Eggs
⅓ cup Milk
¾ cup Potatoes; mashed

"Potato scones reflect the influence of the Scottish in the Maritimes and their adaptibility in using the famous P.E.I. potato...Scones were a favorite Scottish tradition. According to _A Treasury of Nova Scotia Recipes_ "the difference between bannock and scone (which the Scots rhyme with 'on', not 'bone') is that the bannock is a rather large, round cake, and the scone is a smaller triangle or 'farl'..But local usages vary considerably, Scots being strong individualists.

A similar recipe for German Buns appears in an Ontario cookbook from the Kitchener area, where German settlers were predominant.

When Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited Government House in Halifax on June 15,1939, scones were served. And Canadian Brits gathered for "tea at the Empress" in Victoria for scones and tea.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Beat eggs lightly; reserve 1 Tbsp. With fork, stir into dry ingredients along with milk and potatoes until well moistened. Knead gently on a lightly floured surface about 20 times. Roll or pat into circle ½ inch thick. Place onto ungreased baking sheet; brush with reserved egg yolk and sprinkle with more sugar. Cut into 16 wedges, separating slightly. Bake in 425F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. MAKES: 16 SCONES VARIATIONS: RAISIN SCONES: Add ¾ cup raisins with dry ingredients OAT SCONES: Use ½ cup rolled oats in place of ½ cup flour SOURCE: The 2nd decade chapter in _A Century of Canadian Home Cooking_ by Carol Ferguson and Margaret Fraser

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