Friday, February 18, 2011

Rosemary/Strawberry Scones!

I seen these one weekend on the "Giada" show and boy did this look good!  I thought to myself since baking is a problem for me (I never paid attention to my mothers secrets! Don't tell my mother, SHAME ON ME!!!) that this would be a start to do something besides what comes from a box. *wink*
I have been doing pretty good on the baking but still need a lot of practice.  The one thing I do know NOW is that it is very important to measure and use the right tools. Don't guess or estimate the measuring because something is bound to happen!!
I did these scones for valentines day along with brownies (out of the box!!) and boy did they make my house smell sooooo good! BTW, everything I made that day from scratch turned out great but the brownies, so I am thinking that is my clue to avoid the box from now on! lol
Hope you decide to try these.  When I make them again, which I WILL, I will add the step by step pictures.


2 cups flour (more flour if needed at the end)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbl. fresh rosemary (about 1 1/2 sprigs)
6 tbl. cold unsalted butter (cut to about 1 inch cubes)
1 cup heavy cream
Strawberry Jam

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Step One- in a food processor (now that I did these I told hubby I need a new food processor, will it work!?) process the first 5 ingr. until the rosemary is mixed in well with the flour mixture.

Step Two- cut up your 6 tbl. of COLD butter and add to the flour mixture in the processor.  Pulse a few times to mix the butter with the flour mixture.

Step Three- Add your mixture to a big bowl and add your heavy cream slowly while you stir it in with a wooden spoon. 

Step Four- take your dough (it will be in bits for now) and dump it on a lightly floured board. As you knead the dough with your hand you will notice when you will need to add more flour to the board.  You don't want it to stick to the board.  Once you have your dough ball, flour your board one more time and pat the dough to flatten.  Use your rolling pin (you will need to flour this too!) and roll out to about 1/2 inch thick.  Using your cookie cutter (I used a heart shape for valentines) cut them out.  For the excess make more or you can just create a unique shape for that special person.

Step Five- once you have added these to your greased cookie sheet using your thumb indent a small crater in the middle of the scone. You don't want to go thru the scone, just a light press is nice. *wink*
Add 1/2 tsp strawberry jam to the little crater in all your scones.

BAKE for 15-20 minutes or till a light brown
Cool and enjoy!

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