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Monday, May 2, 2011

Menu Monday: Birthday Scones

Featured Mommy Blogger: Katherine from Please Give Peas a Chance Blog.

I made these scones for MIL's (I call her mom, but anyway) birthday tea. It was so fun! (Scroll down for more pictures.) Sister in law and I made/set out:

Chicken salad sandwiches

Cucumber Ranch sandwiches with sprouts- also posted here, from DD's birthday tea

Deviled Eggs- I just made them with mayonnaise, salt, pepper, mustard powder and paprika

Cherry Orange Scones- recipe follow, with Lemon curd

Kiwi and tangerines

Bleu cheese, prosciutto slices, Everything crackers

Olives and pickles

We bought some Palimers, cheese cake with blueberry crumble topping, German chocolate cake, rum balls, chocolate chip cookies, eclairs and these amazing buttery shortbread with raspberry preserves.

We sipped an amazing Chocolate Mint tea- YUM.

Depending on what kind of scones you want you can change up the mix ins- nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, butter scotch chips, peanut butter chips, cardamon, cinnamon, make them with maple sugar, pumpkin the possibilities are endless.

Birthday Scones
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
5 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of butter- very cold
3/4 cup cream
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond depending on type of scones you want
2 tablespoons cream
1 tablespoon of sugar

MIX ins
1/4 cup chopped dried cherries
zest from one orange

Mix the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Add orange zest if using.

I don't like cutting butter into flour so I either use a food processor or grate cold butter with a grater into the flour. Either way you want to cut the butter in or grate it in. (I also grate butter for biscuits- HERE is the recipe.)

See? Easy. Once grated- work fairly quick it gets warm/to room temperature quick once grated, stir gently to incorporate into the flour mixture.

Add the beaten egg, milk, cream and vanilla. Stir until combined.

Stir in any mix ins you want.

I give it some good turns/stirs with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Put the dough between two sheets or parchment or wax paper and pat it out to 3/4 inches thick and slice.

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or baking sheet- un greased. Brush with cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-17 minutes.

Post provided by the Please Give Peas a Chance Blog.

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