Thursday, October 13, 2011

Jam-Filled Scones

We meet again on a Thursday, in October.  And once again, I have a scone recipe for you.  Without further ado:

Jam-Filled Walnut Scones (except we made them without walnuts)

2 cups flour
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp butter, chilled
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup strawberry preserves (/jam/jelly/whatever)

Oven: 400 degrees
Lightly butter a baking sheet.
In a bowl, stir together flour, walnuts, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Cut in butter (see last post, pointer number 4) until it resembles coarse crumbs.
In another bowl, stir together the buttermilk and vanilla.  Add this mix to flour mix and stir to combine.
With lightly floured hands, divide dough into 2 equal pieces and pat each portion into a 5" circle on a lightly floured cutting board.  Cut each circle into 6 wedges (like a pie) and transfer the 12 pieces to the buttered baking sheet.
Dip the point of a sharp knife in flour and make a slit in the top of each scone.  Spoon 1 tsp of strawberry preserves into the slit of each scone.
Bake for 17-19 min, or until tops are lightly browned.
Remove baking sheet to wire rack for 5 minutes.  Transfer scones to wire rack to cool.


Claire and Chloe helped me make these, and then my family ate most of them as part of our breakfast-for-dinner (so, with bacon and eggs).

Claire is allergic to nuts, and since we wanted her to be able to eat one, we left out the walnuts. (To which my dad expostulated, "Nuts!")  We also hadn't thought ahead to make buttermilk, so we substituted plain yogurt.  You use the same amount.  There are other possible substitutes, too, and that's why we have Google.  :)

Be sure to make your slits deep enough.  I cut them a little differently, and the more shallow ones spilled all their jam.

You can probably use a different flavor preserves/jam/jelly if you want.  Raspberry would be delicious.  Or if you have multiple ones in the house, make a variety!

These are delicious and perfect to go with a breakfast meal.  Or a snack.  Or anything, really.

I love scones.

Love and Preserves,

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