Monday, March 29, 2010

Oatmeal Scones

CC2 and I are locked in mortal combat over the brackets. My first round three game lead has dwindled to a tie. If that weren't bad enough, I can't win. That's right, no matter what happens in the basketball tournament from here on, I can't win.

But I can lose.

Everything hinges on a single game, and it's not even the final. By the time they play the final on April 5th, it'll be all over. Fame and glory or bitterness and recrimination hang on the outcome of West Virginia vs. Duke. Here's the problem; I can't stand Duke. Normally I lump them in with the likes of Notre Dame and the NY Junkees - just one group of pompous, self-aggrandizing, preening schmo athletes. Duke is the jerk quarterback with cheerleader captain girlfriend. Duke is the too-slick-by-half frat boy driving his new convertible around campus. I hate Duke.

Duke has to beat West Virginia for me to hold onto my tie in the pool.

So here I sit on the horns of a dilemma, enjoy a favorite hobby and cheer against Duke and lose, or swallow my bile and root for Duke in order to preserve a tie. My own personal Scylla & Charybdis of basketball; either way I'm left with a bad taste in my mouth. Which brings me to today's recipe, oatmeal scones. Scones are dry crumbly pucks of packed sawdust. Scones are one of those things you're supposed to like. They're the "perfect little nibble" with a cup of tea. Well Crabby don't do tea and he don't nibble. SSSal loves scones. Sometimes you can't win for losing, enjoy...


















Oatmeal Scones
by Benji, M-Hoffmeister and adapted by SSSal

Ingredient

Original

Half

Quarter

SCONES

Flour

7 cups

3 ½ cups

1 ¾ cups

Sugar

2 cups

1 cup

½ cup

Baking Powder

2 T

1 T

½ T

Baking Soda

1 T

½ T

¼ T

Salt

1 t

½ t

¼ t

Butter

1 ½ pounds

3 sticks

1 ½ stick

Oats

5 ½ cups

2 ¾ cups

1 3/8 cups

Dried Fruit

3 cups

1 ½ cups

¾ cups

Buttermilk

2 1/8 cups

1 cup + 1 T

Generous ½ cup

Heavy Cream

1/2 cup

¼ cup

2 T

GLAZE

Lemon Juice

½ cup

¼ cup

1/8 cup

Powdered Sugar

3 cups

1 ½ cups

¾ cup

Lemon zest

1 lemon

½ lemon

¼ lemon

Butter

2 T

1 T

½ T

YIELD

56 scones

28 scones

14 scones

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in bowl of standing mixer. Blend together with blade attachment.

Cut the butter into small cubes.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats and dried fruit. Add to the flour mixture and mix until just blended. Add the butter and buttermilk and blend just until the dough is moistened.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface and cut into rounds using a 3” cookie cutter. Brush the tops of the scones lightly with cream. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes or so, until light brown.

While scones are baking, prepare the glaze. Mix lemon juice and powdered sugar in a glass measuring cup and microwave to completely dissolve sugar. Whisk in lemon zest and butter and nuke for 30 seconds more. Drizzle glaze over the scones 5 minutes after they come out of the oven.

· Use currants, dried cranberries, dried cherries, or whatever dried fruit you have on hand.

· The number of scones will vary depending on the thickness of your dough and the size you cut them. Be sure to vary the cooking time as well.

· Baked scones freeze well.


There you go crablings. They're saved by all the butter in them, so I can choke 'em down.

Watch the game, and remember you can do it, you can cook. GO......

4 comments:

WineWizardBob said...

Some foods don't work with wines. This sounds like one of them.
Tea is perfect.

Tea has tannic acid in it from the leaves. Wine has tannic acid in it from the seeds and skins. Whenever I taste "tea" in a young red wine, less than 4 years old, it is an indication to me that the wine is good and will get better with age. This is my most reliable wine evaluating tool-taste for red wine.

Again, it is not just the tannic astringency in most red wines I am looking for,rather it is the true taste of tea.

Good luck tasting for it.

With another 3-6 inches of rain due here today, I laugh that my word verification to post this is CARBOAT. The gods are having fun today.

Mags said...

Oh man, do I feel your pain. That would be like me rooting for Michigan in ANYTHING (you DO realize that I'm a Buckeye, yes?)

But now that it's Duke and Butler, I've found my niche. I'm gung ho for Butler. "Do you believe in miracles?" (I pilfered that line from somewhere.)

I hate scones... no offense, but if I liked them, I'm sure this would be a fabulous recipe.

www.crabbycook.com said...

Well, at least Puke winning secured my tie for this year's pool.

Anonymous said...

questions: 1 What kind of oats?
steel cut,rolled or quick cooking??
2 Rolled out how thick?

I have an English Mother in law who might ENJOY these! R