Scones

I am a scone lover. From the first time I tried scones at Memory Lane I knew that it wouldn’t be my last.  I had decided back then that one day I would make scones but the opportunity never arose. Then about a week ago I decided that I had found my chance! For school I had to organise a charity event. The charity we helped is World Granny. After a lot of brainstorming and tons of hard work we organised a Spa/High tea event for the elderly. It was awesome!!! But back to the point… This event gave me the chance I had been waiting for, I was finally going to make scones.

I found an awesome recipe for lavender walnut scones and they turned out great. So I would like to share with you my first attempt at scone making. Hope you all enjoy the recipe as much as I did (along with the grannies)

Ingredients:
       1 tablespoon dried lavender
       ½ cup walnut pieces
       3 cups all-purpose flour
       3 tablespoons granulated sugar
       4 ½ teaspoons baking powder (i know it seems like a lot but this is correct!)
       ¾ teaspoon salt
       ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter (not melted! And cut into small cubes)
       1 large egg
       ¾ cup buttermilk (karnemelk for the duties)
For the glaze:
       1 cup powdered sugar
       1 tablespoon honey
       1 tablespoon milk (I used 2 J )
 
     Start by preheating your oven to 218 degrees C.
Grind or press the lavender. What I did was wrap it in aluminum foil and just smack it hard with the back of a knife. You need to do this to release the essence and yumminess.
Then toast the walnuts in the oven for a few minutes till there are brown (no not burnt). Then let them cool off, chop into decent sized pieces and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and lavender. Then add the cold butter and use your fingers to incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients. The butter should become all flakey as it is incorporated into the rest of the ingredients.
In another bowl whisk together the egg and buttermilk.
Toss the walnut pieces into the dry ingredient mixture. Then create a small “hole” in the middle of the flour and butter mixture. Pour in the buttermilk mixture all at once and use a fork to mix the ingredients. Make sure that its all properly mixed together.
Knead the mixture with your hands then divide into pieces and flatten and using a cookie cutter cut circles or squares. Place on the baking sheet. Then with a brush, brush some buttermilk on top of the biscuits.
Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes. Then let the scones cool entirely before topping with the glaze. Sprinkle some lavender on top of the glaze.
Bon Ap!

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