Thursday, November 11, 2010


I woke up on this lovely, sunny Veteran’s Day and ran to the grocery store to get some milk. I made the choice to walk down the baking aisle en route to the dairy case. What a great decision that was because it brought be to another blog post! Anyway, nestled just below the assortment of chocolate chips and baking chocolates were various holiday recipe cards, just waiting for me to take and use as inspiration. Naturally, I was overcome by the need to bake TODAY. My first thought was something simple and tasty for breakfast: scones!

I knew I had all the ingredients at home to make the batter (the benefit of having just made a cake that also requires buttermilk); but I didn’t know what I was going to add to them today. I thought about what was back in the apartment, and decided to pick up blackberries, craisins, and lemons. Honestly, the best part of making these scones is that the batter is so versatile that it can handle pretty much anything you want to put in it. I personally like to divide the batter and make an assortment of scones for eating pleasure. It was great that Pam and her boyfriend Chris would wake up sometime when I got home, so I had them in mind as I thought about combinations. Plus, there is no better way to wake up than with the smell of something delicious baking in the oven.

Oh, the history of this recipe! I was actually given this recipe back in high school. I was a proud and consistent member of the Celtic Club and for St. Patrick’s Day, we baked scones and made mint chocolate chip milkshakes. Back then I would just do chocolate chip or blueberry scones. But I have since become more creative and adventurous, as you’ll see below! Enjoy!

1¾ cups flour
cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
cup buttermilk
cup melted butter
cup chocolate chips, blueberries, cranberries, or whatever you want to put in!

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Grease baking pan.  In large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.

Flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.

Add in buttermilk and melted butter.

Mixing in the buttermilk and melted butter.
Mix until completely combined.

Plain scone's delicious on it's own. :)

Now it’s time to get creative! I tend to pull out anything I think might be good in scones and look at them all together. When I started, I thought that white chocolate chips would be a great idea, but I decided against them later on. I remembered that I needed some finely chopped lemon a little later.

Top: blackberries, flaked coconut, semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Bottom: walnuts, craisins, white chocolate chips.

Chopped lemon rind.
Place batter on to baking pan. 

An assortment of flavors.

Cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown. 

Deliciously golden brown.

Cool on wire rack.  Makes 12 scones.  Best when served same day.
From left to right:
Craisins, Walnuts, and Lemon
Chocolate Chip and Coconut
Chocolate Chip
Thanks for checking out this recipe!

<3 Buttercup

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