A basic scone recipe typically includes about 6 or 7 ingredients: flour, a sweet or savory component, a leavener, a fat, a liquid, salt and sometimes an egg for a glossy finish. These ingredients come together quickly in a KitchenAid® stand mixer fitted with a KitchenAid® pastry beater.*
Using a pastry beater can help cut cold butter into flour while leaving small pieces intact, a process that creates a flaky, crumbly texture in your scones. If you don’t have a pastry beater, the standard flat beater is a good alternative–just make sure to keep an extra close eye on your mixture to avoid overworking the dough.
Working quickly and using chilled scone ingredients will help create a delicious flaky foundation. Dried fruits, berries, citrus, cheeses, herbs, bits of bacon or ham can all be added to create a more interesting and more personalized scone recipe for a stand mixer.