Sunday, September 20, 2009
SMS: Orange Scented Scones
This week’s Sweet Melissa Sundays treat is Orange-Scented Scones. I love waking up on Saturday mornings knowing that I have time to fuss around in the kitchen and make us a nice breakfast, rather than the typical rushed weekday, and I am always happy to try new recipes. I’ve mentioned before that I think oats are wonderful in scones, so I was happy to see that it appeared in the ingredient list for this recipe. I made a few minor modifications to the original recipe: I added the zest of an entire orange rather than two teaspoons (that didn’t seem like it would give these a bold enough flavor), I added an extra tablespoon and a half of sugar since one tablespoon seemed a little low, and in an effort to cut a few calories, I used half and half rather than heavy cream – I figured the orange would be the star of the show, not the cream as in some scones.
My dough was a little on the sticky side, I assume due to the half and half, so I contemplated scooping the scones into rounds rather than cutting into triangles. Instead I added a dash of flour to the dough and generously dusted my pastry board with flour, which enabled me to shape the dough into its eight-inch round and slice. I cut my scones into eight wedges rather than the suggested six, since they looked like they’d be substantial enough either way (and also to help myself with portion control). The scones baked up beautifully, they had a nice tender crumb and I enjoyed the essence of orange. The book suggests pairing them with jumbleberry jam and coincidentally I had made the jumbleberry jam in the Sweet Melissa Baking Book two weeks ago, so I opened a jar to spread on our scones. Melissa is right; it is a lovely accompaniment, as these scones are not terribly sweet.
I gave this recipe a 7.5 for Deliciousness and a 2 for Effort, giving it an EDR of 3.75. Many thanks to Robin of Lady Craddock’s Bakery for selecting this great recipe. You can find the recipe HERE on Robin’s site and see what the other bakers thought by visiting the SMS blogroll.