Monday, March 9, 2009

insanely easy, but highly delicious buckwheat scones

Remember how I made buckwheat shortcakes for Brock's birthday? (not that you could forget... it was only like 4 posts ago)

I managed to buy twice as much cream as was necessary for the first batch, so I made them again. Just the shortcakes. And I am calling them scones, because I added a few things and we ate them for breakfast.

Cherry Almond Buckwheat Scones
(adapted from Pure Dessert- srsly, get this book)

1 cup + 4 Tbsp unbleached flour

1/4 cup buckwheat flour

1/4 cup sugar, plus more for dusting

1 3/4 tsp baking powder (sifted if lumpy)

3/8 tsp salt

1 cup heavy cream, plus a little extra for brushing the tops

1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds, lightly toasted (or slivered almonds if you have them)

1/2 dried cherries

Heat oven to 425, unless your oven is 60 years old like mine and burns everything. In this case you might consider turning it down to 400. Line a baking sheet with 2 layers of parchment (which protects the bottoms from browning, says Alice, before the tops are perfect).

Combine flours, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until combined, then add the almonds and give the mixture a few turns with your hand. Or a spatula if you are more civilized than I am. Make a well in the center of the mixture and pour the cream into it. Using a rubber spatula, push the dry ingredients into the well, turning the mixture just until the dry ingredients are moistened and the dough looks rough and shaggy. Now add the cherries and knead them in a few times as you combine the errant pieces of dough stuck to the sides of the bowl.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board and pat it into a circle, about 1 inch thick. Using a sharp knife and swift downward strokes, cut the dough in half and in half again and again, until your scones are a nice size and shaped like little wedges. Brush the tops with cream, followed by a sprinkling of sugar.

Bake until just browned on top, 12 - 15 minutes.

I think the batch makes 8 scones... we only have 3 left. After one measly Sunday morning. No self restraint over here. Just none at all.


Teresa said...

They look fantastic!

Rachel said...

Mmmmmmmm. One of those would be perfect with the tea I'm drinking right now. Care to drop one off?

wide open spaces said...

man, i love these photos. really, really beautiful.

nicole said...

i've made these scones twice this week...i printed out the recipe from your post way back when you posted it and only this week did i take the time to try it...amazing. thanks for the recipe...i've linked back to your post from my blog.

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