After her mother dies, Penelope ends up doing a lot of the household chores. She's the one responsible for getting her sisters up in the morning, dressing them, feeding them breakfast, and delivering them to Mrs. Hanson, who takes care of them during the day. She also does a lot of the cooking. One of the things she makes for her sisters are scones. They're quick and easy to prepare, and are a nice treat after school, especially on a cold day.
Penelope cooks her scones on a griddle that she heats on top of the family's coal-fired stove. Although the stove has an oven, it takes a lot of practice to bake things in it without burning them. Penelope would have eaten her scones with a bit of jam and washed them down with a cup of tea, but you might prefer some hot chocolate instead.
Make scones with adult supervision and permission:
Make sure to ask for permission to use your kitchen before you start! Have an adult around to help out.
2. Break the egg into a one-cup measuring cup and whisk with a fork. Fill up the rest of the cup with milk.
3. In a medium-size bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
4. Add the butter or shortening to the bowl. Using a fork, start chipping away at the butter or shortening, mashing it into the flour mixture. Continue doing this until the flour mixture has little pebbles of butter or shortening scattered throughout.
5. Add the raisins. You can leave these out if you don't like raisins!
6. Now add the egg and milk mixture and mix together well.
7. Place the dough on a floured board or countertop and pat gently until it is about one inch thick. Cut into circles with a cutter or a drinking glass whose edge has been dipped in flour.
8. Place the circles of dough on an ungreased cookie sheet.
9. Bake for 12 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned.