I made some pretty good scones this morning and I want to share the recipe with you. I started with a recipe from The Joy of Cooking and then adapted it to ingredients I had in the kitchen. I change recipes all the time when I'm cooking. I can't help it. Sometimes I tell myself not to do it and then I do it anyhow. Some kind of psychological condition,probably. Like chronic rule-breaker or something. OK, so here's my recipe:
enhabiten orange honey cream scones
makes about a dozen scones
preheat oven to 425 degrees
whisk together in large bowl:
2 cups flour plus maybe a bit more added at the end if you feel the mixture is too wet when you finish
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
cut in the butter with 2 knives or a pastry blender (i have a pastry blender i bought at a yard sale and i love it so pick one up if you get the chance.) work until you have the butter in no bigger than pea-sized bits but don't overdo it cuz you want the butter to remain cold.
whisk together then add to flour/butter mix:
1 large egg
1/2 cup honey or slightly less
1/2 cup heavy cream
(i never said this was a diet recipe:)
the grated peel of about one orange
the juice from about 1/2 of the above orange
mix until incorporated but don't go nutso. this is the point at which i added a bit more flour. i used honey instead of the sugar called for in the original recipe and i added the orange juice so i had to adapt to the extra liquid. then form the dough into a ball. place it on a floured surface and roll out to about 3/4 or 1" thickness.
then cut into 12 triangles and place them on an ungreased stone or baking sheet. bake for about 15 minutes. then eat. and then send me a thank you email. teehee.
and as a special treat here are the 2 kinds of chickens i'll be getting in may! yay me. 6 araucanas (top pic) and 6 buff orpingtons. they are super cute as chicks and they'll stay in a box inside until they are old enough to live in the coop. don't worry. i'll be documenting it all for you. xxoo love kiss hug, liane