Sunday, March 25, 2007

For Gabrielle

By March I'm ready for spring. I want tulips, birds chirping, and warm sunshine. Yes, we've got cherry blossoms, and I did hear birds serenading me this morning, but our sunshine is still in it's liquid form. Buckets and buckets of it coming down. Enough already!

But in an effort to be a glass half-full kind of person (or is that rain gauge 3/4 full?) I've found an upside to the continuing dank drizzle. It gives me a reason to forego gardening, an excuse for warming up the kitchen by baking, and a great opportunity to have a friend over for tea and scones.

Scones are such friendly pastries. They can be a quick grab-a-bite as you're dashing out the door, or they can be lingered over, their aroma mingling with the steam from your hot tea or coffee.

I wanted to try the Cream Scones from my new best-loved cookbook, Baking: From My Home To Yours. I studded them with dried blueberries and they turned out delightfully - flaky, tender, with just the right amount of moisture. So here's your chance to banish the end of winter blahs. Bake some scones and share them with friends!

Cream Scones ( makes 12 darling small scones)

1 large egg
2/3 cup cold heavy cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled

Preheat oven to 400 deg. and center a rack. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Stir in the egg and cream together.

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Drop in the butter and coat the pieces with flour. Working quickly with your fingertips or a pastry blender, cut and rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is pebbly. You'll have pieces that are pea-size to pieces that are oatmeal flakes and everything in between.

Pour the egg and cream over the dry ingredients and stir with a fork just until the dough, which will be wet and sticky, comes together. Don't overdo it. Still in the bowl, sprinkle the berries over the dough and gently knead the dough by hand, or turn it with a rubber spatula 8 to 10 times.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour and turn out the dough. Divide it in half. Working with one piece at a time, pat the dough into a rough circle that's about 5 inches in diameter, cut it into 6 wedges and place it on the baking sheet. (At this point, the scones can be frozen on the baking sheet, then wrapped air-tight. Don't defrost before baking - just add about 2 minutes to the baking time.)

Bake the scones for 20 to 22 minutes, or until their tops are golden and firmish. Transfer them to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before serving, or wait for them to cool to room temperature.


Emily said...

They look sooo appetizing! Also, Sarah, you did such a great job with the pictures.... :) !!!


Gabe said...

Ok, I will certainly have to try those soon.

I made your cinnamon roles over the weekend and they were delightfully consumed by all who caught a whiff. :) Thanks for the marvelous recipes.

God bless

**doffs her cap and vanishes**

sarah said...

SOOOO good. Can we pretend they are healthy? I mean they have fruit in them, so it's low fat right?

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Emily, we'll have to have you over to be guest taster some time.

Gabe, so glad the rolls were a hit. What a blessing you are to those around you.

Sarah, of course we can pretend. Fruit is good for you!

bruce said...

Yet ANOTHER recipe requiring test-tasters! Lynn, you MUST let us hire you as our staff-meeting caterer. :-)

--Bruce B.

eatme_delicious said...

very cute little scones that look very delicious. i will try this scone recipe next!