Your sister was in the United Kingdom for several weeks recently, and it got me thinking about scones.
I just knew if I bit into a delicious scone, the Atlantic would all of a sudden feel a little smaller. Beth would seem a little closer.
Silly notions of a mama, I guess.
But it worked.
One day, Beth said she’d had scones and tea, and we had, too! On the very same day!
Yes. The world shrank – just a bit – at that moment.
The recipe I’ve been using is from the Food Network, if you want to try your hand with some scones.
Measure 2 cups all-purpose flour into a bowl.
Add 1 tablespoon baking powder,
1/2 teaspoon salt,
and 2 tablespoons sugar.
Mix together with a spoon.
Measure 5 tablespoons unsalted butter. It should be cold, straight from the refrigerator.
Cut it into chunks.
Add to the flour mixture, cutting it in with a fork or a pastry cutter until crumbly.
Make a well in the middle (This just means a hole in the middle.) and pour 1 cup heavy cream into the well. Mix together.
NOTE: If you don’t have heavy cream, you can substitute by mixing 3/4 cup milk with 3 Tbsp. melted butter.)
Next you’ll need 1 cup blueberries. I think frozen work best, because they hold their shape while mixing and don’t pop and turn the dough blue.
Nana has been supplying us with blueberries. She must have been the top customer among blueberry producers in their area, for her stash seems to have no end.
Reminds me of Elijah and the widow’s oil and flour that didn’t run out.
Gently stir the berries into the dough.
Then sprinkle some flour onto a clean counter in a rectangular shape. It needs to be at least a foot long.
Place the dough on top of the flour.
Dip your palms in the flour.
Then shape the dough into a long, narrow rectangle. It needs to be 3 inches wide by 12 inches long. You can do this measuring in your head, or you can get a ruler if you want it to be exact.
Then you get a sharp knife and place both sides of it in the flour.
Cut a straight line about three inches from the side.
Dip knife again in flour.
Cut a straight line about three inches from the first one.
Repeat again and again until you have four 3-in. squares.
Then you’ll dip the knife again in flour
and cut the first square diagonally.
Repeat until all the squares have diagonal cuts.
Place the triangles on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Use a pastry brush and brush each one with cream. (Sorry I forgot the photo of this step.)
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
To make the glaze, squeeze 1/4 cup lemon juice.
Add 1 cup powdered sugar
and 1 tablespoon melted butter.
Mix with a whisk until well blended.
Drizzle glaze over scones and have a cup of tea.
Maybe even call your sister.
I love you,