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09 March 2009 @ 09:15 am
Persephone's Blueberry Scones  
Anyone who knows me well knows that I have an affinity for all things blueberry. I adore blueberries, and I feel that the grocery store might as well hold a gun to your head this time of year for the prices that they charge for fresh ones. Five dollars for a handful?! Pfft. So when Nolan came home one day from work with dried blueberries and a recipe for blueberry scones (my husband is not your everyday, run of the mill man - one of the most masculine men I know, he also has hidden depths), I was delighted. Delighted, I tell you.

However, he'd obtained his recipe from the internet, where, as you folks know as well as I do, any idiot can post something and call it good.

Hey. I know what you're thinking.

But these really are.

With a little tweaking, the combination of ingredients that follows is my own creation, and when you make and serve these to riotous applause (Seriously, it'll happen, just wait for it), I want you to say, "Carrie Leigh gave me the recipe."

Never mind that those people won't know who I am. I'm never gonna be famous if you people don't start spreading the love. ;)



CAST OF CHARACTERS:



2 1/4 c all purpose flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1 TBSP baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c butter, chilled
1 c fresh blueberries, or same amount of dried (they're with the Craisins or other dried fruit in your local supermarket)
3/4 c half and half cream
1 egg

Glaze
(Not Pictured)
1 c granulated sugar
1/4 butter
1/2 c half and half (Quit looking at me like that. I said these were good, not healthy.)

Preheat oven to 375 F. (190 C for you non-Americans)


Cut butter into mixture of flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add Blueberries, toss to coat.


In a separate bowl, beat together cream and egg (not pictured 'cause it was EARLY, y'all) and slowly pour into dry ingredients, stirring with a rubber scraper until dough forms. Knead til it comes together, 3 or four times. Don't overhandle. (Or you can do what I did and use a mixer. Because seriously. Knead by hand when you have a machine that does a better job? I don't think so. And no one was complaining about how I overhandled the scones, I can tell you that.)


Turn out onto a lightly floured board...


and shape into a round.


Cut into eight equal pieces. (You'll have to flour your knife or it'll get all doughy)


Transfer carefully with a spatula onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375F for 20 minutes.


While the scones are merrily baking, melt butter in a saucepan and combine other glaze ingredients into melted butter.

Butter. Mmmmmmmmm. Because I would rather have a little of something REALLY good than a lot of mediocre. Wouldn't you?


Let the mixture come to a boil, stirring occasionally. Maybe 6-10 minutes, until syrupy.


Ignore the arm fat.


Bush glaze onto scones with a pastry brush.


Serve warm.
 

When I asked the boys, "In one word, describe your blueberry scone experience, " Aaron said, "Mmm-mm." To which Ethan replied, "That's two words, Aaron."

In any case, there was none left on the plate after breakfast. And were I not on the Daniel Fast again, (re: see arm fat above) I would've had one of these bad boys with some Devonshire cream. However, the kids like butter and jam.

But really, these bad boys stand alone. They're awesome.

Go forth and bake. You know you want to.
 
 
I hear:: Nolan reading the paper (His lips move a little. It's cute.)
 
 
 
nbaeker: sam smiling lovenbaeker on March 9th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
ummm... can I come live with you? yum
Carrie Leigh: Carrie Candycarrie_leigh on March 9th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
You can. But you have to promise to bring that cute, curly-headed boy you have with you. ;)
nbaeker: mamanbaeker on March 9th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Done deal.

ETA: We'll wait til he's healthy though... :( wouldn't wanna bring the sick to you.

Edited at 2009-03-09 02:52 pm (UTC)
Carrie Leigh: Lauracarrie_leigh on March 10th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
I hope the baby feels better.
nbaeker: sam tied upnbaeker on March 10th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Made them... didn't have blueberries, so I had to make do with chocolate chips... but Oh so yummy.

And he's been sleeping *lots* the last couple days. I think that's helping. Now if *I* can just avoid getting sick (er)
Carrie Leigh: Beautiful Womencarrie_leigh on March 10th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
You poor thing - having to 'make do' with chocolate chips. *snort*

Oooh, sending stay well prayers up for you. :)
nbaeker: lmaodeannbaeker on March 10th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Well, I happen to *love* dried blueberries, so it was a bit of a hardship. (not too much of one though.)
maureen: Draco 1maureen on March 9th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
I hate cooking, but you make it look so pretty and fun. One day, some day, I'll come visit you and sit on a stool in your kitchen and drink wine while I talk to you and WATCH you cook. I'll even buy the groceries.
Carrie Leigh: not evilcarrie_leigh on March 9th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Now THAT sounds like a good time.

And that is a freaking FANTASTIC icon.
maureen: Draco 2maureen on March 9th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
PS = I just read the Daniel Fast info and was all ready to sign up until I read NO COFFEE. Do you really follow it that strictly? I just... there's no way.

Thanks on the icon... I have several along those lines, courtesy of obiwahn. She made them for me for my birthday, including a manip with Faith from Buffy. Feel free to snag... just share the credit love.
Carrie Leigh: nice asscarrie_leigh on March 9th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
My Daniel fast this time around is more for slimming than spiritual cleansing; so I just do : No meats, bread or sweets.

I've lost 8 lbs sice I started it 2 1/2 weeks ago, and yes, I still have coffee. And wine.

I'm only human, after all. :D
Celinaxoxrhapsodyxox on March 9th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Wow. I might have to make those sometime this week! It's spring break, so there is lots of free time for cooking! Woo hoo!
Carrie Leigh: sock puppetcarrie_leigh on March 10th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Yay, spring break! You need a rest, huh?
dragonsangel68: TW - Rob in Romedragonsangel68 on March 9th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yum! They look wonderful!
Carrie Leigh: ruby slipperscarrie_leigh on March 10th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
I hear they were quite good. :D
I'm just me: mug and gloved handsairmidm on March 9th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oh those look SO good! I'm definitely going to make some this week.

Oh and... I giggled because if you look on the side of the Clabber Girl can, guess what you will see. ;) I drive by the original plant and gift shop every day for school. :D
Carrie Leigh: This is in Spanish when you aren't lookicarrie_leigh on March 10th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Now I have to go find the baking powder can and look at it. :)
I'm just me: Pogue grinairmidm on March 10th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
*grins* It is one of Terre Haute's claims to fame. LOL!
slitherhither: exhibit_snapeslitherhither on March 10th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Your boys have it so good! (All three of them.) And that picture of the two littler ones eating scones (warm scones? *dies*), licking their fingers, with their glasses of milk, is so freaking adorable I can hardly stand it.
Carrie Leigh: coffeecarrie_leigh on March 10th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
I was worried that Ethan looked like he was making the 'gag me' sign, but I'm glad it came across as finger licking. Even though there were napkins within arms' reach! (Don't get me started...)

O Demanding One: Express: Tiggeriffic!heyurs on March 10th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)


Trei never uses napkins. :/ *sigh*

These look heavenly. I love blueberries! AND...I never bake. This would be another thing my boy wouldn't eat and guess who would have to eat them all. >.<

And for the record...I don't see any arm fat. Hush UP! :P!

sereniteys: kaylee2sereniteys on March 10th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
They look so yummy!

Scones are one of the few things I can usually make without supervision thanks to my grandmother. Although there's a chance I may set the glaze on fire. I'm a spectacularly bad cook and someone usually needs to fix whatever it is I'm making.

Cheers, for the recipe. I'm think I might try it today. :)
Carrie Leigh: Carrie Candycarrie_leigh on March 11th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
Let me know how it goes!

Try not to set anything on fire. :)