Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Scone Day

Beautiful Bouquet in Juice Glass

I like scones, good scones that is. Last year I think in March or April we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast in Cambridge, Wisconsin and the couple who owned the house were wonderful cooks. One of the items they made that was excellent was orange current scones. Later I requested the recipe and she gave it to me!

I made them quite a bit at first, but haven't in a while, until today. Because I needed something to bring to my daughter's preschool end of year picnic. I took some photos while making them so I could present the recipe to you today. Though for the first time I made a different flavor, cinnamon and chocolate chips and I also used whole wheat flour since my daughter can't have white flour at this time (long story) and I doubled the recipe.

Oh, by the way, these are the BEST SCONES EVER!!!

Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2 3/4 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Blend in 12 T. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

Add 1 c. dried currants
1T orange zest
1 c. heavy cream, cold

Divide dough into two balls, form each into a circle about 6 inches wide and 1/2 inch high. Divide circle into 6ths with a knife (like cutting a pizza)

Brush each wedge with an egg blended with 1 T water.

Sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes. Cool briefly and serve warm.

SUBSTITUTIONS (instead of currants and orange zest):

1 cup blueberries and T lemon zest

Replace 3T flour with 3T unsweetened cocoa powder, omit zest and add 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Use 1 cup mini chocolate chips instead of dried fruit. Omit zest and add 1/2 tsp cinnamon


Combine all ingredients up to zest, cover and let sit in fridge for 12 hours, this lets the oils from the citrus infuse through the dry ingredients

FOLD the cream into the flour, folding is preferred over stirring, just until blended

Bake on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

Leave room between each scone as they do rise during baking

Adjust baking time to your oven sometimes 20 min is too much, sometimes not enough.


2 ripples:

Tausha said...

yum! I will have to try them one day and I feel really nice. My hubby is a lover of scones-me, i could take them or leave them. As for the bag, let me know, it just depends on if my hubby will let me have the cash for it. i do love it and i would love to help you out at this time. I can only imagine how stressful things must be at this time. Hang in there-you must be really strong or the Lord wouldn't send this test to you. Look at the good stuff and know that a total stranger in utah is praying for you. have a great day!

Amanda Jo said...

Ooooh, those sound GOOD!

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