Cranberry Orange, Maple Oatmeal and Ginger Lemon Scones, find one to fit your personality.
What’s your personality?
Scones, at least when I was growing up, were clumps of dough stretched out and deep fried Beignet-style. They were served with honey butter or cinnamon and sugar. Later I discovered scones are actually specialty biscuit style dough baked to a golden brown. Although they can be savory, usually their slightly sweet with cranberries, raisins, candied ginger, chocolate chips, blueberries, lemon, orange, apple or nuts. Often they’re topped with crystallized sugar, icing or glaze. Traditional sauce accompaniments are lemon curd, jam, jelly or butter but they’re stand-along good, too.
They frequently grace our table because they’re versatile and easy to make. They don’t require ‘raising’ like yeast dough and can be made about as fast as baking powder biscuits. I love that they freeze well and hold up in brown bag lunches. A late night snack of warmed scones with pomegranate tea is divine.
Which version would you like to try? Here are three of my favorite scone recipes for this series.
Are you classic, traditional and conventional? Would you like Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune and a good historical novel? Is your vacation at the same destination every year? Are you keeping in touch with your college roommates? Try Cranberry and Orange Scones adapted from an Ina Garten recipe.
Are you the outdoor adventuresome type? Do yo love the smell of a crisp mountain breeze on a trail hike? Have you pitched a tent in several national parks? Maybe you love the soundtrack from Out of Africa or Dances with Wolves? Is gardening, flower or vegetable, a passion? Does sifting rich soil through your fingers connect you to the earth? Try Maple and Oatmeal Scones. Thanks again to Ina.
Are you entrepreneurial and dauntless? Perhaps you are a risk taker. Are you anxious to try any food once and know some of the best cuisine is acquired taste? Would you like Stravinsky’s Firebird? Are you convinced vanilla ice cream is a canvas, not a stand-alone flavor? Have you contemplated bungee jumping or sky diving? Maybe you’ve already taken the plunge. You may be enticed by Ginger Lemon Scones.
Pick your style of scone or break all the rules and try one against the grain. Or try all three to settle on your favorite. You may need to bake more than one to satisfy the varying personalities who gather at your table each evening.
Bonus Recipe – While we’re doing scones, it only makes sense to share this basic simple Baking Powder Biscuit recipe.
3/19/12 – Cranberry Orange Scones
3/20/12 – Maple Oatmeal Scones
3/21/12 – Ginger Lemon Scones
3/22/12 – Baking Powder Biscuits
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: March 11, 2012