Sunday, March 08, 2009
Scones for Breakfast
I'm as guilty as anyone. Taking things for granted, not realizing how lucky I am to have a roof over my head, terrific friends, good food and drink. Not to mention a wonderful family and the best husband anyone could ask for.
Sound maudlin? An eye-rollingly yawnable moment? Well, my friend, let me give you a little slap-upside-the-head reality check. After a great dinner with friends J&K last night and way too much good food (look for a post in the near future on the meatloaf we had) and wine, I woke up this morning to coffee made and Dave doing the dishes. Then he started making breakfast featuring his better-than-anything currant scones and cheese omelets.
Are you jealous? And do I feel lucky? Yes I do!
Dave's Currant Scones
Adapted from "Biscuits and Scones" by Elizabeth Alston
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
8 Tbsp. frozen butter or margarine, cut up
Yolk of 1 lg. egg
3/4 c. milk (or buttermilk or plain yogurt)
1/2 c. currants
White of 1 lg. egg
Additional sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375°. Put flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and sugar into bowl of food processor and pulse once or twice to mix. Add butter pieces and pulse until mixture looks like cornmeal.
Add egg yolk to milk in a measuring cup and whisk with fork to blend. With processor running, pour in milk egg mixture until combined. Dough will be wet and sticky. Turn out onto floured board and sprinkle on currants. Give 10 to 12 kneads until currants are distributed evenly. Divide dough in half and press into 6" circle about 1/2 " thick. Cut in sixths and arrange on cookie sheet. Repeat with second half of dough. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 18 to 22 minutes until golden. Cool on wire rack.