Sunday, November 7, 2010

Scone Success!

Some people find it hard to believe that I have never made scones before. I had perhaps dabbled with them in my preschool years, but it is not something I remember. However, I have been spending a small fortune buying delicious scones from the cafe where I work, and it really needs to stop. I know most people can make scones with their eyes closed, but honestly, I am not most people. I seem to have a knack of not being able to do things that even the most domestically-challenged person can manage. See here for other examples of my odd incompetencies...

So, this weekend, I decided to conquer my fears, and give it a go. I turned to my trusty Edmonds Cookbook for the answers, with a few modifications of my own, of course. I said to Paddy that I probably should have tried plain scones first, but it's not really my style. He agreed.

I used the basic scone recipe from Edmonds, and added about 1 cup of chopped spinach, 2 Tbsp tomato paste, and some pepper to the milk mixture. Then I shaped, and sprinkled with cheese before baking.

I was skeptical, but they actually turned out really, really yummy. I was chuffed! Following this success I got a bit more adventurous. My next batch of scones included a pottle of sundried tomato pesto and 1/2 cup grated cheese, with more cheese sprinkled on top. These we also yummy, and I think had more flavour than the last batch.

And if you thought I might have made enough scones for one weekend, you were wrong... Things got crazy, and I turned to pinwheels. I have an unreasonable love for cream cheese, so it was only fitting that my next batch included it. For this batch, I added half a pottle of basil and garlic pesto to the mixture. Then, I rolled out the dough until it was about 1/2 cm thick, smeared on cream cheese and the remaining pesto, rolled the dough up, and sliced into pinwheels, which I topped with cheese before baking. Boy oh boy, I think I hit the jackpot with these babies. Very, very yum.

The work cafe can kiss my money goodbye, as I am most definitely making the scones from now on!

 Thanks to Devon, for her company during this scone expedition, and her selfless clearing up of any scraps.


  1. Pinwheel scone scrolls - genius! Savoury scones are really something special, aren't they? :)

  2. Yummo! Wanna know a tip? I chuck the flour, baking powder, salt and chopped butter into my food processor and whiz. This cuts the butter in quickly with no effort! Awesome! If you don't have a food processor try grating the cold butter, much easier than rubbing it in.

  3. Thanks Celia! Yes, they really are.
    Good idea, Clare, thanks! The rubbing does get a bit boring...