February 20, 2010

What's in them Scones?

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I was in the mood for scones but wanted to make them on the healthy side. I used this recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Scones from Canadian Living but added 1/2 cup blueberries at the end of mixing. They were so crumbly and good.

Ingredients can make or break a recipe. This one uses a lot of baking powder. I once used baking powder that had previously gotten wet and then dried in a recipe. It didn't come out quite right. The baking powder had lost it's "magic". I didn't know at the time that moisture causes it to lose it's effectiveness.

I'd like to talk about a few of the ingredients I used in these scones.


Flour: The whole wheat flour I used was organic Red Fife flour which I discovered a few months ago. It's become a favorite of mine.

Butter: I'll use butter in just about any recipe. This one did call for butter but I use butter for margarine even though it might change the end result. I used to use hard margarine in everything but then all those reports came out about how really bad it is for you. I haven't been able to use It's Nearly Plastic since.

Honey: I try to buy local whenever I can and honey is something I can get year round. I get my Wild Flower Cape Breton Honey from the "Honey Man" at the Farmer's Market. I use it in my Chai tea all the time. It's so good!


Wild Blueberries: The last few years I've been too lazy to pick my own blueberries. When I was a kid, my brothers and I would pick them behind our house. We had the "one for the bucket, two for me" method down to an art. The trees have grown up around the old house quite a bit so the picking isn't as good as it once was. This year I bought a couple of liters at the Farmers' Market. It was worth every cent. Blueberries freeze very well so you can have them throughout the year.

Do you have a favorite ingredient (or two) that you love to bake with?


13 comments :

  1. I'm with you on the butter - I think baked goods just taste better with it. Your scones look delicious.

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  2. Yummy Yummy. I'm not much of a baker or a cook, so I don't have any hard and fast rules about ingredients. I will say, however, that I won't buy anything other than skim milk, even for recipes. So far, this has not been a problem.

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  3. you are so right about the berries. It is lovely to freeze then in season and then have them in the freezer to use all year.

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  4. The scones look wonderful. I don't know about you, but I'm already looking forward to spring and summer and what I can buy or grow then. Can't wait.

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  5. Kathy- Everything is better with butter :)

    Trisha- I switched to skim several years ago and I can't even stand 1% in tea or coffee now.

    Caite- It's like have a bit of summer in the winter.

    Kristy- I can't wait to start growing veggies again.

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  6. Your scones look so delicious. You make me want some right now. I've had the same problem with baking powder, especially when living in humid weather and before they had the nice plastic lids on the top of the box. I'm off to check out your flour discovery.

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  7. I was thinking blueberries this week as well, though mine were added to pancakes. I am with you on butter. As for my honey, I get it from my sister and have for years. Her father in law keeps bees and they are very productive. Right now I have a jar of a medium colour honey that looks mid season with all sorts of crops and wild flowers. She had some much darker stuff that looked like buckwheat, though i thought that might be a bit strong for tea.

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  8. I use only butter, but I use butter only when I bake, and that really isn't all that often (except bread). I always buy or pick a ton of blueberries in the summer because they really do freeze so beautifully.

    I'm a King Arthur Flour fan and I often use their white whole wheat for baking when I want a bit more delicate crumb.

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  9. Butter and pumpkin. For some reason, I am on a huge pumpkin craze and tend to bake a lot of goodies that use pumpkin. I am also a huge believer in using real ingredients when it comes to baking. True buttermilk rather than milk with vinegar. Butter rather than margarine. Good chocolate. They definitely make the difference between good food and outstanding food.

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  10. Mmmm, scones!

    I bought some flash-frozen local berries (20 lbs. each of blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries) and it's been so wonderful to have them around all winter for baking.

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  11. These looks fabulous! I'll have to try these myself.

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  12. Either I am a horrible baker or my oven is a horrible...oven but either way my baked goods are just not turning out. Maybe I'll try again and make scones :) They look so yummy!~

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  13. Oh, I so love scones. I used to make them once a week but then tried to branch out in my baking a little. Yours look very appealing!

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