This past week, we held a bake sale fundraiser for Japan at my school and I was utterly amazed by people's sheer generosity and incredible kindness. So many individuals gave all they could -whether it was time, baked goods, or money.
The depth of people's empathy and compassion is truly astounding.
If you can, please help Japan by donating here. Or join in on Bakesale for Japan, happening on April 1 all across the nation (and at my school too)!
Onto some sweeter things!
Perfect Cinnamon Scones! I didn't have time to make these for the bake sale, but I did make these Ginger Molasses Cookies from a couple of weeks ago and they were perfect! Okay, everything at the fundraiser was a hit! I made the cookies extra big, which was great. I generally make cookies a normal size so I can eat lots without feeling so guilty, but for others, making enormous cookies is best.
Enough about those cookies and more about Cinnamon Scones!
I've never made scones before, but now I don't know why I didn't make them sooner! Super easy!
I fell in love with them while abroad a while back. Having some tea and coffee with a scone or two seems just right for any type of day. Even better, these scones are super easy and I can imagine adding blueberries or chocolate chips (if I'm feeling particularly indulgent) to make them tastier.
As usual, these scones have cinnamon. I seriously have a cinnamon addiction.
I apologize in advance for any past and future cinnamon-based
I sure hope my friends like cinnamon. If not, I'm in big trouble.
First, you have cut in the butter to the dry ingredients. Cut in butter??
Cutting in butter is just using solid butter and mixing it into the flour until it's crumbly. I took my frozen stick of butter and microwaved it for 30 seconds so that it wasn't rock solid. After letting it cool, I sliced it up and used my hands to smush it into the flour!
After adding the wet to the dry ingredients, form the dough into a ball on a floured surface.
Flatten out into an 8 inch wide, 1/2 inch thick circle and cut into eight pieces with a pizza cutter or whatever knife you have around -I didn't get a pizza cutter until a couple of months ago and we eat a lot of pizza in my house! If you want smaller scones, you can always cut more pieces!
After baking, you could even add a simple glaze! Glazed Cinnamon Scones sound perfect with some tea!
2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 egg separated
3 tbsp honey
1/3 cup buttermilk (use 1/3 milk with 1/2 tsp of lemon juice as substitute!)
1-2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar
1-3 tsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat to 400 degrees.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Cut in the butter until crumbly.
Separate the egg white and yolk. Set the egg white aside.
In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk, honey, and egg yolk.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
Form a ball on a floured surface.
Grease or place foil on a baking sheet.
Roll or pat the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness and 8 inches wide on the baking sheet.
Cut into 8 or more pieces.
Whisk the egg white until it's frothy and brush over the scones.
Add the cinnamon-sugar topping.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Fresh out of the oven!
Look at this little guy! Of course, it's from Wegmans! If you've never been to one, it's fantastic. It may be a grocery store, but it has anything and everything any one could imagine. It's always great to just look around and see what random things they're selling.
This is a frog cupcake! And they even have a recording on the display that goes "ribbet ribbet" when you walk by. This would only happen at Wegmans.