Last weekend, two of my dearest friends (Caitlyn and Katie) celebrated their almost-30th and 30th birthdays. They had a Downton Abbey-themed party and they requested that I bring homemade scones. I have never made scones but around these parts I am known for 1)Trying out new recipes and 2)Having a flour thumb (not funny, I guess…but I am trying to show that I have a reputation around here for baking). Alas, I agreed I would make the scones.
So early last week, when I was asked to make the scones, I thought I should first try out a batch on Doug and then make sure that I could bake them to perfection. But that is kind of like when you say on a Sunday “This week I’m going to only eat leafy greens”. It didn’t happen…and therefore, there I was, on Saturday morning, with no recipe and the party was just hours away.
I hopped on Pinterest and typed in ‘easy scone recipes’. The thing that scared me was that some of the recipes called for buttermilk (which I didn’t have) and others, at a quick scan, seemed kind of fussy. Since it was my first time making the British treats, I thought I would call my mom to see if she had any insight.
My mom is basically the baking/cooking queen. She has recipes for everything. So I knew that when I called her, I would get a no-fail scones recipe that would impress my friends.
Mom forwarded me a scone recipe from the All Recipes website. The recipe allows for add-ins, like raisins, but I kept the scones plain so that the scones would be perfect for Devonshire Cream and jam (a Downton Abbey essential!!)
I started by mixing the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Next, I used a stand-up cheese grater to grate the butter into the bowl. I used my fingers to mix the butter and dry ingredients together until they were a “coarse meal”.
In another bowl, I mixed the wet ingredients using a whisk . Then I mixed the wet into the dry ingredients and stirred just until the mixtures were combined. I then used my hands to make a ball and took the dough out of the bowl.
The recipe asks you to pat out the ball and then cut dough into triangles. Since I had just got a rolling pin for Christmas, I rolled out the dough and cut it into small triangles.
I took this picture because I thought it looked so artsy!! The lifter/spatula was a Salvation Army Thrift Store find!! I just love it.
Anyway-back to the baking. The scones baked for about 17 minutes at 350 and then they were done. I brought them to the party and I can say that they were appreciated and enjoyed.
I think that I am going to aim to write one blog post per week. Most will be about eating/nutrition/trying out a new recipe. I may even post some Pinterest fails. Who knows! Hope you enjoyed reading.
PS: The finished product… aren’t they cute? I recommend using silipat on your cookie sheet so the bottoms don’t get hard or too dark.