Friday, September 5, 2008

Maureen's Scones



Christopher has become quite the little baker recently. Our new Friday after-nap tradition is to get in the kitchen and bake up something together. He is really great with following instruction!! I am also enjoying this time together with him. It gives us the opportunity to do something special with each other, and it's also great for taking up some time during the day when you're just about tapped out of ideas for keeping a toddler occupied.

Today we decided to make some scones (Chris calls them "stones"). He had been pretty excited about this all week.
When we first brought Joseph home from the hospital, Maureen, our lovely neighbor, came over to our house with gifts for the boys and a batch of cream scones for Greg and I. They were SO good! She gave me the recipe and I have to say the first time I made them, they weren't so great. They tasted pretty good, but looked awful! I thought for a minute that maybe Maureen "forgot" to put a key ingredient on the list so that my scones wouldn't be as good as hers (a la Marie on Everyone Loves Raymond- when she purposely gave Debra the wrong ingredients for the pasta sauce...). But then I realized that I am just a "scone rookie". Today's batch came out better than the first. I am thinking that maybe one more time at it and they will be good enough to give to a neighbor for a special occasion!!
 
 
Here is the recipe for Cream Scones: 

Oven: 425 for 12-17 minutes

2 cups flour
1 Tbs baking powder
3 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
5 Tbs chilled, unsalted butter cut into cubes
1/2 cup currants (optional)
1 cup heavy cream
Cinnamon + Sugar mixture to sprinkle on top

Place dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and blend.
Add in butter, and will paddle attachment blend into the dry ingredients.
(Or cut butter into the dry ingredients with 2 forks, or a pastry cutter).
Stir in currants if using, and then add in the heavy cream.
Mix until just blended.
Transfer dough on to a floured surface and knead a bit.
Roll into a circle, and cut into 8 pieces.
Place scones on to an ungreased sheet pan.
Add cinnamon and sugar mix on top of each scone.
Bake for 12-17 minutes.





2 comments:

  1. I have yet to attempt scones even though I love them. Yours look delicious! I think it is great your little one has such an interest in baking. Don't you enjoy it? I know I sure do.

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  2. Thanks! Yes, I really am enjoying it too. I love baking for my family and also love having desserts in the house :-))) Having Christopher take interest makes it even more special.

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