This past weekend I was off to explore a city I’ve heard has an array of wonderful food spots, Portland, OR. So because I’m a firm believer that you should #usewhatyouhave, I decided to make scones before my beautiful blueberries turned to waste over the weekend. Just so you know, this was my second time making scones. I never really cared for scones until very recently. Now I absolutely love them and it usually takes a straight jacket to keep me from over indulging! Okay perhaps that was a bit too dramatic, but that crazy urge is definitely real, especially with fresh coffee. What can I say? Sometimes there is way too much passion between us to stay away.
The first time I remember using all-purpose flour, but since I didn’t have any left after a number of bakes last week, this time I used pancake mix flour. I think using this type of flour may have made the scone softer as opposed to more crumbly like the previous time I made scones. Either way, they turned out delicious and are perfect alone for breakfast, with breakfast and with an afternoon tea companion. I guess now you know the many ways I enjoyed my scones this week!
This is how it all happened:
First I measured 3 cups of the flour mix and added a stick of butter which I cut into small squares. I combined the two with a fork until the mixture was evenly clumpy. I added about 1/2 cup of milk to make the mix softer. Then I added about 3/4 cup of sugar and mixed in about 1/4 cup of dried cranberries and about 1/4-1/2 cup of blueberries. I took 1/2 lemon that I had left and took some of the zest for my mixture. The consistency of the dough should be firm but this time it was a bit too sticky. Still manageable I pushed down the dough and spread over a flour surface so I could flatten it to about 1 inch thick. I cut up the dough into my scone pieces (as shown).
I set the oven at 400 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes. One of my favorite things is to watch my scones during the last minutes so I make sure I pull them out when they are perfectly golden brown. You can also check if they’re done by inserting a toothpick, if it comes out clear that means your scones are done!
I promise I will make scones again and that recipe will be for the fans of the more crumbly scone. In the mean time, this scone is super easy to make and equally irresistible. Consider yourself warned, you may want to have one with every meal of each day. Yes!