Monday, April 27, 2009

Friday Afternoon Kitchen Shenanigans

My friend, J, and I made scones. I love scones, especially handmade fresh-out-of-the-oven scones. 
We followed a recipe from Bon Appetit:
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chilled buttermilk

  • Prep:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda into large bowl. Mix in orange peel. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in dried cranberries. Gradually add buttermilk, tossing with fork until moist clumps form. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead briefly to bind dough, about 4 turns. Form dough into 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until tops of scones are golden brown, about 25 minutes. You can eat them right away. We did. 
I didn't have buttermilk but J recalled she had some at her apartment so she kindly brought that over. It was about a month past its "Use By" date. We still used it and they turned out great. {Don't waste!} Also instead of mixing the butter by hand we used a food processor because we're lazy and our butter was frozen. You have to watch out to not over-process scone/pie dough, just a few pulses a couple of seconds each.

We tried to decorate the scones by cutting thin pieces of orange and curling them. We only ended up mutilating the orange. Any tips?

Check it out. You know you want some. I have 2 frozen for this week. GO MAKE SCONES, they're good!

4 comments :

  1. Her asianness notwithstanding, this J appears quite foxy.

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  2. Oh, that was what you tried to pass to me before the EE exam!

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  3. It was AFTER the midterm, thank you. And it was goooood!

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