I am making a batch of these this morning to bring to my boys when they wake up. They won't look as pretty as these, but the boys don't spend much time looking at them. We have been having some..ahem..disequilibrium in the house lately. I'm hoping to start the day off better with something sweet, crumbly, and warm. They are easy, so if you feel so inspired, here is the recipe, adapted from my Pillsbury cookbook:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup favorite dried fruit
Heat oven to 400. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Blend well. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in your currants, raisins, dried cherries...what have you. Beat the egg and buttermilk together and add all at once. Stir until just moist. Knead 5 or 6 times on floured surface. Sometimes I just put some flour in the bottom of a big bowl and knead it that way. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and press into an 8-inch circle about 1 inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges; don't separate. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
These can easily be adapted to a savory side for a soup night. Rather than fruit, add herbs and/or cheese. Perfect for dipping.
Here's hoping there are some smiles in your Friday.