I have been dreaming of one treat lately - fruit scones (specifically strawberry) made seasonally at a bakery/coffee shop I worked at during college.
Perhaps I am hankering for these because we just finished Downton Abbey (sniff), but I decided to give in and test out a few recipes.
Also, back to Downton for a minute (without hopefully giving anything away), I would like to say that it concluded exactly as I had hoped - thank you writers for that.
And now back to the scones, keep your butter cold and your mixing little. The wrong moves and or recipe for scones can give you
a result that is hard as a rock and while this may serve as a handy weapon for any home intruders, it doesn't taste all that great. So
I am sharing a recipe mash-up that makes a bit of a softer scone, with an ever so slight crunch. Also, this recipe is so quick to make,
which these days is essential for this working mama. Now for some weekly highlights...
Moments (Week in Review)
Motherhood is glorious, but it is also at times a conundrum wrapped up in an enigma. I am a swirl of emotions that
I never expect or completely understand. Henry is getting his first tooth! When I could finally see that little thing poking through his gums,
you would think it is the most exciting thing to ever occur in my life.
I am stuck somewhere between
celebrating each new development with delight and also desperately trying to find the brake and slow this mother down. My throat clenches
up almost nightly as I am rocking him to sleep and my mind drifts to the notion that these days are numbered; his rolly polly self is already spilling
over my lap and it's only been 8 months.
, (American Gods) has kicked off a friendly reading competition between the hubs and I - we are each going to try and
read 100 books in 1 year. It is supposedly one of (if not THE) best of Neil Gaiman's novels. So far the story has his
characteristic "wtf is going on" quality, so we shall see how it fares
(and yes my book commentary is so articulant it should go on the covers hehe).
In trends and being old ...
I have been introduced to the world of the
A few things...
Is it possible to think something is utterly stupid and also be quite obsessed with it - that would be how I feel
about this journal fad.
Because I love list making, planning, mentally organizing via paper and pen, and doodling, I love everything about this, yet it's
kind of dumb that it is a thing. Also,
(on the official website)
they use the term "analog" to describe physical writing,
which makes me want to crawl out of my skin it's so...ugh hashtag something. I am pretty sure this will end up on Portlandia
at some point, but will I let this stop me from creating my very own "bullet journal"... errr hell no I already started one. #powned
Yields: About 8 scones
Seasonal Fruit Scones
- 2.5 cups flour
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 stick of very cold butter diced into small chunks
- 2/3 cup cream
- 1 egg
- 1 cup seasonal fruit diced and prepped as needed
- * I like strawberry or peach the best*
- Egg Wash
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 t water
- 2 T sugar (for sprinkling)
- Vanilla Bean Glaze
- 2 T cream
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 vanilla bean pod scraping or 1 t vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment
*After I cut a stick of butter into cubes I put them in the freezer while I do the next step.*
Combine flour, baking powder and soda, sugar and salt together in a bowl.
Add butter chunks into flour mixture and blend with a pastry cutter until coarse meal.
Whisk cream and egg together, then add to flour mixture and stir until just combined.
Fold in fruit of choice gently.
Shape dough into about an 8-7 inch circle on a floured surface.
*Dough will require some kneading to form, but only do the minimal*
Cut into 8 wedges and place each on the baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle lightly with sugar
Bake for about 16-18 minutes.
Mix glaze ingredients while scones bake and drizzle over scones once they have cooled slightly.