Thursday, October 28, 2010
Best. Scones. Ever.
I love to bake. But there are a few things that I avoid. I try to tackle as many new baked goods as possible.
I recently bought a pizza stone for baking. And decided to test it out today on making scones.
Macarons, and scones are at the top of my 'never bake these, they don't turn out' list. I avoid macarons because I have made them in the past and they never turned out the way I want. And scones because they always turn out like rock cakes, or they are small, or doughy or chewy, or all of the above. You name it I have had the scone disaster.
But today I really wanted to try making scones again, partly cause I had some buttermilk in the fridge I wanted to use, and partly because I try to not let kitchen disasters get the better of me!
I dont know how it happened but these were perfect. Beautiful crunch on the outside and so soft in the middle! Finally I CAN MAKE SCONES!!
I don't know if it was dumb luck or the pizza stone, I'm gonna say a bit of both.
3 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1/2 orange
1/3 cup dates, roughly chopped
1- 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
50 grams butter room temperature
Preheat the oven to very hot 220C. Have a floured bench ready also.
Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix by hand, adding more buttermilk if needed. Put them either on a tray or a pizza stone to bake. Brush the tops with buttermilk. Bake for 15 minutes.
Eat warm with lashings of butter.