Saturday, May 8, 2010
Modern Baker Challenge: Real Welsh Scones
I have a confession to make: I'm not much of a baked goods person. Weird, huh? I mean, I love a good homemade cookie, I love a good hearty whole grain bread for my sandwich at lunch, and I love a piece of buttered bread with a bowl of soup, but that's about it. I'd take a piece of chocolate candy over any cake, pie, muffin, or any sort of quick bread, any day. It doesn't even have to be good chocolate candy.
But I love to bake, and my family loves baked goods of every kind, so it all works out.
The one exception to the quick bread thing is scones; I've always enjoyed a good scone. Something about the texture when it's just made just right: not too crumbly, just a little moist, almost hearty. And that slight hint of sweetness. Yum. I've been really wanting to try the scones in The Modern Baker, so tonight, I decided to have breakfast for dinner so I'd have an excuse to make them.
This is by far my favorite recipe from the Modern Baker Challenge so far. I could eat these scones every day. And given how easy they were to make, it probably wouldn't be too much of a stretch to have them in the house every day (although probably not so good for us . . .).
These were a cinch with the new food processor that hubby bought for me last Christmas. Pulse all of the dry ingredients together, throw in chunks of cold butter, dump it all into a bowl and slowly mix in egg and milk. My dough seemed a lot wetter than the pictures in the book, but I just dipped my hands in a little water before forming it into circles and it worked out okay. They baked for the maximum fifteen minutes, and we finished the first one within sixty seconds of removing them from the oven.
We tried them with butter and with jam, which were unnecessary, but certainly didn't hurt the scones in any way. Hubby loved these, the kiddos did, too, and I couldn't stop eating them. YUM!