Friday, October 23, 2009

:: Recipe : Oatmeal Scones ::

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I made these for breakfast today. It's easy to prepare and mix the dry ingredients night before, and then you only have to spend five or ten minutes getting them ready in the morning. My mum used to make these on weekends for brunch or when she had friends over. I'll admit to doing the same thing; there's something wonderful about the aroma of these baking that says, "Welcome."

I eat them split open with plenty of butter, which melts instantly because they should be eaten hot from the oven. I always put out honey and jam as well. A hot cup of tea is the perfect accompaniment, and for a full meal some juice and fruit.

If you have leftovers (and if there's two or more of you, you probably won't) they can be reheated in the toaster oven and they're almost as good as fresh.

:: Oatmeal Scones ::

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick/rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
*to make sour milk, mix 1/2 tsp lemon juice (the concentrated crap is fine) into 1/2 cup milk and let it sit somewhere warm for 10 minutes, such as on top of your oven while it is pre-heating.

  • Stir together all the dry ingredients. This can be done the night before and they can be covered with a tea towel until morning.
  •  Add the soured milk or buttermilk to the melted butter and stir into the dry ingredients. If you use soured milk, then it should have warmed up a bit from sitting while it soured, and shouldn't still be icy cold from the fridge, which is good. If you're using buttermilk and your house is cold, you may want to bring it up to room temperature in a saucepan first.
  •  Use your hands to clump the dough together on a floured board. Knead a few times to cohere the dough into a ball.
  •  Score the ball into eight with a sharp knife, and put the ball in a pie plate. I have a nice non-stick pie plate so I don't grease it, but you may want to, depending on what type of pan you use. You could also use a cake tin. The dough doesn't have to fill the dish to the edges; it should be more of a free-form shape.
  •  Bake at 350°F for 35-40 minutes. This is why I mix the dry ingredients the night before - 40 minutes is a long time to wait!
  •  When they're done, they smell amazing and very toasted-oats-y, and the loaf is a deep golden brown. Get them onto a cutting board immediately and when they've rested a minute, cut along the score lines into eight wedges. Eat them hot, and enjoy.
Bon Appétit!

:: when you stir the wet into the dry it will look clumpy like this; 
just use your hands to mash it all together ::

:: here the dough is scored into eight and ready to go into the hot oven ::

:: check out our skookum new convection toaster oven! it's huge. 
we probably never have to use our oven again ::

:: out of the oven it's a beautiful golden brown. 
slice the wedges through and you're ready to eat! ::

:: Daddy and Sparrow liked them just fine ::


Emily said...

Mmmm, these look great! Thanks for sharing!

Jaime said...

These sounds really yummy! Gonna have to try out the recipe! Thanks.

Kim said...

Those look yummy! Liam looks so happy to be eating them too! CUTIE PIE! I also just read your latest post about cruising. It sounds and looks like he is doing really well. Once he starts walking, he'll be running in no time!

Jaime said...

I just came across your blog, and it's so wonderful. I love reading about you and Liam, he's just the cutest thing. You are right about those eyelashes!
I am going to make me some scones this weekend, yum yum.
Still living with Lindsay.
Take care and keep up the writing.