These scones came as a Facebook riff were a friend was suggesting flavor combinations, and we ran out of flavors and ventured into ‘moods’. What would a SNARK FLAVORED Scone taste like? Well my brain ran right to Anise and I remember seeing an Anise and Coriander flavored quick bread that sounded yummy…and I was right. I have since made these a couple of times. One of my new favorite go to flavors.
I thought the choice of currants was genius. What’s screams snark more than a fruit pretending to be a different fruit? Zante currants are dried corinth grapes and not related to actual black currants. Grapes belong to the genus Vitus and Currants belong to the genus Ribes.Besides there aren’t enough currant recipes in the world.
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
4 tbls butter
1 tsp Anise extract
1 tsp ground coriander
1/3 cup Zante Currants soaked in hot water for a minute to rehydrate, and drain.
1/4 cup milk
Heat oven to 400°F
Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, coriander and anise and vanilla and in bowl and stir.
Cut in butter, with with pastry or biscuit cutter or use your fingers, dough should look crumbly.
Add zante currants and stir to incorporate evenly and coat with flour.
Add milk, a tablespoon at a time and stir until the dough comes away from the sides
Tip dough ball onto floured plate.
Using floured hands form into large disc at least 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
Use floured pastry cutter or knife and cut dough into wedges.
Transfer wedges to either preheated cast iron pan or greased cake pan.
Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar before baking.
Bake 15 minutes until the center of the dough no longer gives when pressed.
Remove pan from oven, shake pan or tap on counter to loosen scones.
If scones seem to stick, smack pan on counter harder or loosen scones with flexible spatula.
Remove scones from pan by tipping onto your hand or a plate, bottom should be browned.
Place scones on cooling rack and let come to room temperature before serving.
When cooled scones should break into wedges easily,
if not use serrated knife to loosen them from each other.