So while we have been cooking/baking quite a bit (expect a post soon with some brief descriptions of our latest adventures), we haven't found much time to blog about it.
Anyway, last weekend I thought it would be lovely to make some scones. We'd let some milk go close to sour and so I figured it would be good to buttermilkify it. We had most of a lemon sitting around too, so I decided that traditional lemon-buttermilk scones were probably the way to go. That thought was gone, however, as soon as we opened the cupboards. We were, shall we say, low on some essential ingredients. So the planned breakfast quickly morphed into a baking adventure that resulted in, incredibly enough and to my great delight...
Lemon Chai Scones
Now, before we get started I would like to stress, once again, that this was a baking adventure. I did not follow a recipe while actually cooking, although I did consult a couple of generic scone recipes. Thus, the ingredients and procedure are approximate, nothing was recorded until after the fact, and I cannot guarantee that if you follow this to the letter you'll get the same results I did. I was, however, shocked by how great these turned out! The flavors melded really well, the whole wheat flour added nice texture and depth, and as far as nutrition and scones go these are pretty decent. So I do recommend giving these a try, particularly if you enjoy chai. Ingredients
- 1 cup flour
- 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 TBS chai powder *note* One of my friends gave me a small bag of this 'chai powder' for my birthday. According to the website of the company it's from, the ingredients are: sugar, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and black pepper. If you can't find any where you are, you can probably try mixing it yourself.
- cinnamon sugar to taste
- 1/2 stick (4 TBS)butter.
- 3/4 c. buttermilk
- juice and zest of half a lemon
I decided to throw this on top just for fun, and also because we still had a quarter of a lemon left. And also because I was already deep into baking adventure mode and we're trying to use up ingredients before we move. Anyway....
- 1/4 lemon, juiced
- chai (liquid this time. I had some chai tea I'd iced in the fridge and just poured some in. Probably a couple of tablespoons. But it's all a matter of proportions with this stuff so I won't try to give exact measurements)
- Powdered sugar (same deal as chai).
Combine the ingredients and stir/whisk thoroughly until a good pouring/spreading consistency is reached. This is where it gets super subjective, because it comes down to individual taste/texture preferences. Personally, I used probably no more than a few tablespoons of liquid and well over 2 cups of powdered sugar. Others might take that even further and use 4 cups of sugar for that amount of liquid. Others might want something thinner. So just mess around. Add liquid slowly and taste the glaze to make sure it doesn't taste like pure sugar. After the scones have cooled a little, spoon (or spread, depending on the consistency) the glaze on top. Enjoy!
So that'll do it for now. But expect a post from Iain soon regarding a particular Italian-inspired adventure. G'night, everybody!