Scone Success

After finally conquering curry at home, I decided I should start going after all the other things on my list.

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Things I’m Intimidated to Make at Home:

  • Mousse
  • Souffle
  • Layer cakes
  • Creme Brulee
  • Rice pudding
  • Anything on Joy the Baker
  • Ice cream
  • Sandwich cookies
  • Shortbread
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Bagels
  • Doughnuts
  • Pie with a lattice crust
  • Scones
  • …and many more

And now, I can cross one more item off that list!

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Scones are a mystery to me. Are they breakfast or a snack? Sweet or savory?

I love a good scone – they’re flaky and buttery and aren’t too sweet.

But they’re really just biscuits.

The process is almost exactly the same, the basic ingredients are the same…you just add in fun ingredients like dried fruit or chocolate chips.

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Everytime I’ve tried making them at home before, I’ve made too many changes or tried to “health” them up too much, leaving me with crumbly hockey pucks or ones that were more like a muffin than a scone.

This time was different.

While I did make a few changes, it was out of necessity! I ran out of flour as I was making these, I didn’t have enough oats, and I used all my buttermilk earlier this week in cornbread.

But even with these changes, these scones tasted like real scones!

And, from start to finish, they took 5 minutes to prep and get in the oven.

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Mixed Berry and Orange Scones

Inspired by Food & Wine Orange-Cranberry Scones with Turbinado Sugar

Makes 6 scones.

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup oatbran
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter, diced and chilled
  • 1/2 cup mixed dried berries
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  1. Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, oatbran, baking powder, salt, and 3 Tbsp of sugar.
  3. Cut in butter (with pastry blender, fork, or hands) until flour mixture resembles cornmeal.
  4. Stir in fruit and orange zest.
  5. Mix in coconut milk, just until dough comes together.
  6. Form into 6 rounds and place on baking sheet.
  7. Brush top of each scone with coconut milk and sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp sugar.
  8. Bake 17-20 minutes until golden.

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18 comments

  1. Your scones look great! I love a GOOD scone. If they are too crumbly and dry, I’m not a fan!

  2. I say, keep conquering your list! Those scones look great. I’ve made several things on your list…they seem intimidating, but once you get started, you’ll be fine. :)

  3. Nice job on the scones! I have a list too of recipes to conquer. Try a layer cake next! They’re super easy.

  4. Scones are some of my favorite baked goods. I love their density! These look delicious!

  5. I’ve got to admin this Food&Wine thing is really working for you. Your menu has diverged from your traditional dishes. I like it! I’ve even tried a few myself. Keep up the good work!

  6. make shortbread! it’s the easiest cookie to make-just flour, sugar, and butter.

  7. I adore scones!!! The texture is fantastic!

    A pie with lattice crust is on my “list”, too. :)

  8. I have totally thought the same thing about scones! That they’re just biscuits with some fruit or other goodies in them. :D I love them though and nice twist on traditional recipe!

  9. I love when these blog opportunities push us to be better versions of ourselves. I agree with the earlier poster, I’m enjoying how you’re trying new things but also staying true to yourself. I think you’d be surprised how many of these you can make. Many of them are simpler than you think and just require some coaxing to try. If there’s anything I’ve loved about blogging is that in many instances it’s pushed me from the “I wish I could…” to “I can…”

    • Thanks Kelly :) That’s exactly how I feel, too! Trying all these new recipes has been amazing and has given me a new challenge the past few weeks.

  10. I love your list of things to conquer! I have a list too- maybe I should actually write it down so I’m reminded to give some a try! I’ve figured out a pretty good rice pudding, but I’ve never attempted anything else on your list- soft pretzels sounds awesome! (And scary!)

  11. Congrats on tackling one of your cooking fears. These looks great! Any baked good scares the daylights out of me and I’m still afraid to tackle risotto.

  12. Those look successful indeed! My mom is a scone pro — practice makes perfect!

  13. Bravo for tackling another intimidating subject!

  14. Big props on the scones! They look awesome. Dude, Joy’s recipes look incredible.. I agree with you on putting that on the list!

  15. I made bagels in 7th or 8th grade which means you could easily do it now. Good luck on your list.

  16. Yum! I made some scones but I didn’t love love them! I really adore the whole foods vegan oatmeal date scones but haven’t found them in the midwest. I was addicted to them in college in boston and living in ny…I gotta make these!

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