Saturday, February 20, 2010
What's in them Scones?
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?