As their fundraising theme this year is Tea and Scones, I couldn’t contribute anything other than a scone recipe to the blog tour and I promise you this recipe does not disappoint. My mum even told me they were the best scones I have ever made! I must admit they are damn good. A crisp sugar crusted top with a tender middle, the little chunks of rhubarb provide a soft, tart bites and the sweet candied stem ginger lifts makes the flavours sing! I know, it sounds like I’m gushing about scones but really, make them.
I was at home this weekend to visit my family and friends, of course, but also (and mostly) because my mum and dad were getting a new kitten. This is incredibly exciting to someone like me who adores cats, future cat lady right here!
We went to pick him up on Saturday morning, and since then he has taken to his new home as if it has always been this way. He is just a crazy, playful, super cute kitten who we are all completely in love with already. Of course I had to come back home to Glasgow eventually and I miss him already! I mean look at that face…
When I was baking these muffins he was following me all around the kitchen trying to get in to every cupboard and drawer I opened, trying to figure out what on earth I was up to and why I wasn’t playing with him. Despite the distraction, I manged to finished baking without any kitten related disasters, and they turned out great.
These scones are light and flavourful. A little bit too summery for the season perhaps, with the fresh blueberries, but I just really fancied baking with blueberries. They have a brilliant flavour after baking, and go really well with the toasted walnuts and spices here. Alone, the scones are not overly sweet, but that was a great excuse for a maple glaze and means you are able to sweeten them up with some homemade jam. (more…)
I think it’s time for me to start baking some classics. Every baker should have a handful of go-to recipes in their repertoire to pull out of the bag when required. I’m talking vanilla sponge, chocolate chip cookies, banana loaf, pancakes (I know, not really baking) and….scones!
Well, that was my intention. I ended up adding orange zest and dark chocolate chips to these scones. They taste really good, so I don’t actually feel too bad about it. All the properties you want in a classic scone are still here, slightly crispy golden tops that are fluffy and moist inside, with the added bonus of chocolate!
I am no scone expert but I’m getting there and these were a definite success. So good that the cat I was looking after stole one from under a tea towel in my kitchen and carried a whole scone through to the living room!