Friday, September 28, 2012
Okay, get used to it. I think I'm going to start posting a recipe every week or so.
Last Friday, I made these delightfully delicious Strawberry Scones from Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce. It is one of my most beautiful cookbooks, though the premise of the book is that she uses lots of different grains besides "flour" (like quinoa flour, polenta, kamut, rye, spelt, etc) and I rarely have any of those on hand, so I don't cook from this book nearly as often as I should - but everything I've made from it has tasted A-MAZ-ING.
Since I decided to make these last-minute, and didn't have any barley on hand, I had to alter the recipe, but it still tasted very yummy, and I think that my version was a little easier to "throw together."
1 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup + 2tlbs whole wheat flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp bk powder
1/2 tsp bk soda
1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 stick cold butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
generous 1/2 cup strawberry jam
powdered sugar for sprinkling
1. Whisk or shift together dry ingredients, and cut in butter (like you're making a pie dough) until butter pieces are the size of rice grains or little peas.
2. Whisk together buttermilk and egg and add to dry mix, mix until barely combined.
3. Turn on to a floured surface and separate in half, adding more flour if the dough is too sticky to handle. Pat each half into a disk, about 3/4" thick and 7" across.
4. Cover one disk of dough with strawberry jam. Top with the remaining pastry. Slice it like a pie, into triangles and transfer to a well-buttered baking sheet.
5. Bake for 22-26 minutes at 350 F, rotating the pan half way through.
6. Remove immediately to a cooling rack (or the jam will harden and you'll never scrape your scones off the pan if you don't move it while it's warm), and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
These were delicious served warm with a cup of tea for Second Breakfast, and only took me about 40 minutes to make, and 24 of those minutes they were baking. It's also one of the first times that my version looked like the picture in the book! I was so proud.
Leave a comment and let me know if you make them!