Gryphon d’Or Scones contributed by Alex
When I lived in Montreal, (Cotes-des-Neiges) I used to go to a little tearoom in (the much nicer neighborhood of) Notre-Dame-de-Grâce one metro stop away. They had unbelievable scones, and made them constantly, so you were almost always sure to get hot scones. The tearoom was called the Gryphon d’Or – the golden gryphon. It was not in any way Harry Potter-themed, but our book group reminded me of these scones and I made a batch yesterday. I would share a photo, but they didn’t last long enough to take one.
2 cups of all purpose flour
2 tablespoons (yes, tablespoons) of double-acting baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of cold butter, cubed
1 egg, beaten with enough milk to bring to 3/4 of a cup
Sift the dry ingredients and cut in the butter. Add the egg/milk mixture and mix just until it comes together. Pour the dough on a floured surface, pat it into a disc about an inch thick, and cut into rounds. Bake in a preheated 425-degree oven for 13 to 15 minutes.
Serve hot with butter and jam, black tea, and a good book.