by Janetha on December 15, 2010

in meals

some recipes come straight from your mother’s brain.


some recipes take you back to when you were eight years old.


some recipes need no healthy tweaks.


some recipes are hard to put on paper because there are so many “as you go” measurements.


some recipes are so good that they will be passed down generation to generation.. and those recipes will never change.


and tonight, i am sharing one of those recipes with you.


my parents are missionaries in an LDS ward that is about 15 minutes from their home. a lot of couples serve missions when all of their kids are older and out of the house.. couples will travel all across the world to serve missions. let me just make it clear that i am SO glad my parents are serving a mission in a ward that is 15 minutes from their home and not a 15 hour plane ride from their home.

tonight was something called relief society. it is an activity with all the ladies in the church group. my mom had asked me to go with her and help make her famous scones. well, famous to me, anyway.

i know when most people hear the word “scone” they think of those dense, crumbly biscuit-type things. well, not in utah. in utah, scones are delicious pillows of deep fried heaven.


i promise, if you make these.. and eat these.. you will say that these are one of the most amazing things you’ve ever eaten. they are a little tricky.. so i am going to walk you through it!


∙1 packet dry yeast
∙1/8-1/4 cup very warm water ∙1 tsp salt
∙1 egg
∙1/2 cup sugar
∙3/4 cup milk
∙1/3 cup margarine
∙1/2 cup very cold water
∙3 ½ cups all purpose flour plus a bit more
∙Crisco for frying


1. Mix yeast & warm water in a big bowl.


2. Add salt, egg & sugar.

3. In a separate dish, heat margarine & milk to almost scalding, then add the cold water.


4. Make sure the margarine mixture is cooled down, then add it to the yeast mixture.

5. Add the flour to the bowl and mix well. Dough will be lumpy and very sticky.


6. Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rise 10-20 minutes.

7. Place the dough on a well floured surface. Sprinkle the dough with more flour.


8. Roll out the dough to about 1/2” thick and then cut dough (with a knife or pizza cutter) into desired size pieces.


9. Heat Crisco to 450° in a deep frying pan.

10. Pull each piece of dough a little thinner and place into heated oil.



11. Cook each side until golden brown, flipping each scone halfway through.

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They will puff up.. that is how you know they are turning out right.


12. Serve immediately with butter & jam or honey. Or all three. Or eat them straight up. Really… whatever floats your boat.


i love eating them with my mom’s homemade raspberry jam.. which is definitely another one of those recipes. but that is a story for another day.IMG_4109

i even made a handy, printable recipe card for you guys. just click on the image below to enlarge and print it out!


i ate three scones for dinner. nothing else. just three scones with jam. i want to have a fourth. i probably will.

when i got home, marshall said i smelled like i’d been working at a fast food joint. that’s OK, the smell is totally worth the trade off of how good these things taste.

now if you’ll excuse me, i need to take a shower.


1. have you ever had the utah version of a scone? what do you call it?

2. are there any family recipes that you make? what are they?

xo. janetha g.

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marisa December 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

It is a good thing you have this blog so we can have photographed tutorials of all of mom’s recipes. I want her to write them all down in her handwriting as well. :) What tutorial are you going to do next? Clam Chowder?!?

Barbara December 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I love your mom! If she would like to adopt another daughter…. lol
I was wondering how your mom handled your relationship with Marshall etc being Mormon? She seems like she really respected your views and was supportive of you! She doesn’t seem like the type that would push her views down your throat or judge you. I don’t even know her and I feel like I would be confortable telling her anything and confiding in her/asking for advice! Your family is incredible!

Julia December 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I wish I would have seen this post sooner – it pretty much makes my day. And of course it makes me want a scone – your kind of scone – with butter and honey. So glad you got to make them with your mom!

actorsdiet December 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm

all that time spent in utah and i never had a scone!!! d’oh!

Jade January 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

I know this is an old post, but I wanted to share this idea and wasn’t sure how I should… Every Halloween my Utah cousins have a scone frying party. They fry some scones plain and stuff some. Stuffings include ham and cheese (strangely delicious when topped with powdered sugar and raspberry jam), jam and whatever else can be found in their kitchen. One year we experimented with Halloween candy like Reese’s peanut butter cups and Snickers. Another we found some cream cheese in the fridge. So yummy! If you try any of these, let me know what you think!

Janetha January 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Hey Jade! I love the idea of stuffing the scones. The ham and jam one sounds awesome–kinda like a monte cristo! I will have to try this sometime.. how exactly did you stuff them? Layer 2 scones on top of each other before frying, or…?


jodie September 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I remember coming to Utah and thinking that is not a scone! So much better than the dry crumbly things though!

Maren May 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I just read this post again and how Marshall said you smelled like you worked at a fast food joint. My shirt I was wearing on Saturday smelled the same! haha

Janetha May 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm

hahaha i hope your moccasins don’t reek ;)

Maren May 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

hahaha they probably reek…but not like scones! I’d love to see that picture you took lol

Janetha May 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

Check back in a bit ;)

calee May 24, 2013 at 9:04 am

agreed! and i didn’t make it up to momma b’s until most of them were gone. my great grandma used to make these, but she called them “indian fry bread” and I’m not sure if she put yeast in them or not? i remember reading this way back when and thinking that. in the time before i had the balls to leave a comment. ;)

Heather @ Better With Veggies May 24, 2013 at 10:04 am

Ah – so they’re like Utah Beignets! Now I understand what these are. Very cool! I did not partake at Blend, but I think I could make a ‘heather-friendly’ version with this recipe. Thanks for sharing a family recipe!!

JB May 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

They sound like indian fry bread or beignets. Definitely donut-like and not scone-like at all. They sound delicious, though!

Janetha May 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm

In Utah and Idaho, these are scones to us. I didn’t know what a “real” scone was until my 20s! My mind was blown haha

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