2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, chilled
1 large egg
3 tablespoon molasses
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup golden raisins (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly butter a 10 inch diameter circle in the center of a baking sheet.
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients, stir to mix. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add raisins if desired. In small bowl mix all wet ingredients and add to flour mixture. Dough will be sticky. With lightly floured hands pat dough into an 8 inch circle. With serrated knife cut circle into 8 wedges. Bake 20-25 minutes until tooth pick inserted comes out clean, remove baking sheet to wire rack to cool. Recut into wedges if necessary. Serve warm with maple butter.
¼ Cup softened butter, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1-2 drops maple extract (if desired). Mix until well blended, serve immediately
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