I made these scones for an Easter brunch I was invited to last year, my first Easter brunch ever. As a leap of faith, I decided to bring a brunch-appropriate baked good that I had never attempted before. For my first go, I went with a plainer, neutral flavor and spent the whole time they were in the oven sufficiently anxious. I don't have that intimate a knowledge of scones to be confident when they were or were not done, so it was a long process of feeling them when they had been baked a while, relying on my not very reliable gut and adding 5 more minutes to the oven timer. In the end, you kind of just *know* when they're ready, they were much easier than I expected and they were a big hit! The whole time I was making them, I couldn't stop thinking about the scone mix Emily gives Lorelai in the first episode of season three, and what a fuss Lorelai makes about never making them. It's a semi annoying, semi comical moment. On the one hand, Emily HAS to know Lorelai never goes near her kitchen for cooking, but on the other it's like Lorelai shut up and just take the gift and give it to Sookie or whatever. I felt pretty Lorelai-ish throughout the process and at times wished I had a mix to go off of, but I was so happy with the end result, I can't wait to try different flavors in the future.
Cinnamon Scones with Glaze
inspired by Gilmore Girls season 3, episode 1
makes 6-8 scones
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 egg, separated
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1/3 cup buttermilk or 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1-2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1-3 tbsp milk (until desired consistency)
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut up butter and add until mixture is crumbly.
Separate the egg yolk from the white and set the white aside. Combine yolk, honey and buttermilk. Add to dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
On a floured surface, turn out dough and form into a ball, but don't overwork it. Roll out or pat down until the dough disc is a half inch thick all the way across and about 8 inches in diameter. Cut into 6-8 equally sized "slices."
Transfer the dough disc to a greased baking sheet. Whisk the egg white until it froths and brush the tops of the dough with it. Combine sugar and cinnamon until you have a well distributed cinnamon sugar mixture. Sprinkle dough with the mixture on top of the egg white wash.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the scones are golden and firm but not stale-seeming. It's harder than other baked goods because the bottom edge won't turn golden brown or anything, you just have to kind of use any scone experience to know when they're done.
Combine milk, vanilla and powdered sugar until you have a glaze (not an icing). Once the scones are out of the oven and cooled a bit, drizzle each piece with glaze. Serve immediately or let the glaze harden and serve.
recipe from MoneySavingMom.com.
[made while watching Brooklyn-99.]