These delightful teatime treats, Black Currant Oat Scones, are healthy, easy to make, and absolutely tender, flaky, and delicious. Perfect with your favorite jam.
Make an extra batch to freeze as they are incredibly good warmed for a few seconds in a microwave.
Black currant berries are a powerhouse fruit. Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C.
Used for a variety of medicinal purposes, black currants are used for treating menopause and PMS symptoms. Per WebMD, the berry is also used for coughs and Alzheimer’s disease. The dried leaf is “used for arthritis, gout, joint pain (rheumatism), diarrhea, colic, hepatitis and other liver ailments,” as well as “coughs, colds, and whooping cough.”
Black Currant Oat Scones
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pats
1/2 cup dried black currants
3/4 cup buttermilk
sparkling white sugar or powdered sugar for topping, optional
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment.
Mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter, working it in to make an unevenly crumbly mixture.
Add the fruit and nuts, mixing until they’re evenly distributed. Stir in the buttermilk.
Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and cut it into two pieces. (Keep sprinkling on flour if you need to.) Form each into a disk, and gently pat each disk into a round about 6″ in diameter.
Transfer the disks to the prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle them with sparkling sugar or powdered sugar, if desired, pressing it in firmly.
With a bench scraper or sharp knife, cut the round into 8 wedges. Do this by cutting straight down through the dough so you shear the edges. If you saw the dough, you tend to press the edges together, which keeps the scones from rising as they bake. Separate the scones slightly; there should be about 1″ between them at the outside edge.
Bake the scones for 20 minutes, or until they’re just beginning to brown. A toothpick inserted into the center of one should come out clean, or perhaps with a few moist crumbs clinging to it.
Remove the scones from the oven, and serve them warm. To serve later, reheat for 10 minutes, lightly tented with foil, in a preheated 350°F oven.
Store any leftovers at room temperature, well wrapped, for several days. Freeze for longer storage.