3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces
1 cup cold buttermilk
1 tsp flavor extract: lemon, vanilla, almond etc ( optional )
2 tsp. finely grated lemon rind or as desired ( optional )
extra melted butter and sugar fresh grated nutmeg ( optional )
Directions:Make dough (see http://www.pipeline.com/~rosskat/wizzn.htm for excellent instructions). Cut dough in half. Pat each dough part into a circle onto a lightly floured surface, about 1/2 inch thick. Or you can pat the circle directly on a greased baking sheet which I prefer. Brush top of dough with some melted butter. Sprinkle liberally with sugar. Grate on some nutmeg if desired ( totally optionally but I love it ).Using a sharp knife, cut circle into even wedges ( about 6 to 8 wedges ) cutting through the dough but not separating the pieces. Bake 425F about 15 to 20 minutes or golden and tested done. Remove scones to rack and separate completely when warm. Split in half and serve as desired.
Note: vary the flavor of scone dough by adding flavor extracts such as a tsp. of vanilla, almond, orange flower or rose water etc. Finely chopped candied fruits, nuts, raisins or currants are also nice additions to scone or even biscuit dough. There are other varieties of scones also. Some scones are baked on the griddle and are quite delicious. However, they are not as tender or flaky as other kinds of scones in my opinion.