Sunday, April 29, 2012

Oatmeal Lemon Blueberry Scones



If you want to impress people, make them scones. They won't know how easy it actually is! Biscuits and scones are pretty easy, believe it or not. Making biscuits from scratch, from start to finish (minus the baking time) takes about 10 minutes. Scones take a little bit more time, but it's totally worth it if you want to eat a bunch of scones.



Ingredients:
1.5 cup oatmeal (not instant)
1.5 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
8 tbs cold/frozen butter (1 stick), grated
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup blueberries

1. Mix all dry ingredients together (oatmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt) in a large bowl. Set aside. I'm using oatmeal because I have a container of oatmeal I need to use up, but if you don't like the texture/taste of oatmeal, feel free to substitute it with all-purpose flour. I kind of like the oatmeal texture though.



2. Your stick of butter doesn't need to be frozen, just really cold because you're going to grate it with a cheese grater. This makes sure that your butter isn't over mixed into your dry ingredients.



3. In a separate cup or bowl mix together lemon juice, milk, and egg. I've used the juice of two lemons before, and it was super lemony, but I think that might not be for everyone. With only one lemon, the taste is less overwhelming, but still pretty potent.

4. Mix your dry ingredients with your butter. It's better to use a spatula than your fingers to make sure you don't melt the butter. All you want to do is make sure everything is evenly distributed. You don't want to have your butter fully incorporated with your flour. You want to have little chunks of butter for the nice crumbly texture. If you mix the butter into the flour too much, you just get a piece of brick.



5. Fold in your wet ingredients to your flour mixture. If it's too dry, add more milk. If it's too wet, add in a little more flour. You want the dough to hold together and sort of dry. You don't want it to be sticky. The photo below shows a mixture that is too sticky.



6. Roll out your dough to 1/4" thick. I like to sprinkle my blueberries on half of the dough and fold the other half over. Cut into triangles. Then I like to sprinkle a couple of blueberries on top.







7. Have your oven be preheated at 400 degrees. Put your scones on a baking sheet and into the oven for 15 minutes. Time will vary depending on your oven and the size of your scones.

8. Scones will be on the soft side when you take them out of the oven, and you'll think you've ruined them, but rest assured, they will harden up as you let them cool. They also taste much better after they've cooled.



3 comments:

  1. Whoa! How did you make the dough so neat? How did you make the glaze?

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    1. The dough is pretty pliable! The glaze was just lemon juice and lots of powdered sugar!

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