This weekend was magical. Scones were involved, for one. Lovingly made with lowbush cranberries handpicked here in the valley forest. Even the rain held off long enough for us to get outside for a delightful walk through the damp woods. Heavily scented with tart and pungent highbush cranberries and the unmistakable aroma of yellowing leaves.
Autumn light is decidedly the most beautiful light of the entire year and is not to be squandered. I think my friend Nate really said it best.
We even encountered a sleepy bunny friend on the trail. Don’t worry bunny, you’re safe with us.
Regarding scone and muffin making, I only ever consult one source. America’s Test Kitchen. Those folks know their stuff and scones are not to be trifled with. My recipe is veganized and adapted from their blueberry scone recipe.
I have a love/hate relationship with baking. Making these scones was no exception. Tortured with fits of frustration from holes in my dough…being a perfectionist can be burdensome when it comes to making pastries. However, even with a couple openings where tiny cranberries menacingly dared to escape, these scones turned out wonderfully. They’re really quite easy and I wouldn’t say they take more patience than any other scone recipe.
September-15-2014These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries. NOTES: Feel free to use almost any berry in place of the cranberries. Larger berries will need to be cut and if they’re frozen instead of fresh be sure not to thaw them. Try to work with the dough as little as possible and keep all ingredients chilled thoroughly the process. America’s Test Kitchen consulted. IngredientsCranberry & Mint Cream Sconesby
- 9 Tbsp. vegan butter (1 stick + 1 Tbsp. ), frozen
- ½ cup coconut or soy milk
- ½ cup vegan sour cream
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for working (10 oz.)
- ½ cup vegan sugar, plus additional for sprinkling (3 ½ oz.)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
- ½ tsp. table salt
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- scant ¼ cup fresh mint, minced
- 1 ½ cup fresh cranberries (7 ½ oz.)
InstructionsGrate one stick of butter into a bowl and place in the freezer until ready to use.Whisk together the milk and sour cream in a small bowl and place in fridge until ready to use. In a large bowl whisk together the flour through and including the mint.Add the frozen, grated butter to the flour mixture and toss with fingers. Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry mixture while stirring until just combined. Flour a work surface and hands. Knead the dough about 8 times, until it forms a ragged ball. You’ll need to keep adding flour to prevent sticking, as the dough is quite sticky. Roll the dough into a 12 inch square. Fold it like a business letter by bringing the bottom 1/3 up and folding the top 1/3 down over the bottom. Next, grab the left side and fold inwards, folding the right side over the left to form a perfect 4 inch square. Place on a plate and put in the freezer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 F. Melt the one tablespoon of butter in a small bowl in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds. Layer a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Remove the dough from the freezer and roll into a 12 inch square again, keeping your work surface dusted in flour. Evenly scatter the berries among the square, pressing them into the dough gently. Now, tightly roll the dough away from you into a 12 inch long log. Gently flatten the top with the rolling pin, so it’s 4 inches high. Cut into 4 rectangles. Cut those in half diagonally. You should have 8 scone triangles. Transfer the dough triangles to the parchment paper lined baking sheet ensuring enough space between them for expansion. If they happen to be a bit wonky, reshape them as necessary. Coat with melted butter, then sprinkle well with sugar. Bake at 425 F for about 20 minutes until the tops are just barely golden. Cool on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes once done. Store in an airtight container. DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 scones
I adore Bailey’s spotted mouth! We rang in Autumn, officially, with this Alaskan pumpkin porter on our playful walk.
German Word of The Day
Scones –> Teegebäck (tea-geh-beck)
Good Deed of The Day
Beyond Meat is offering a free pallet of their brand new Beast Burgers to burger joints that agree to offer them. You can ask your local or national burger chain to serve them by tweeting #beastme at them! Pretty cool huh? It’d be great to see more (or any) vegan burger options around!