It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That’s what human life is all about – enjoying things. ~ Julia Child
I agree with Julia. Human life is about getting together, spending time with those who we care for, and having something good to eat at least once a day. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. The important thing is the sharing.
I like making scones on the weekends because I am nearly always the first one up. I pull out all of my ingredients, mix them up and roll them out and put them in the oven . While they are baking, I clean up the mess and start a pot of coffee. When I pull them hot from the oven, I put one on a plate, pour myself a cup of coffee, and go sit with a book in the still quietness of the house.
An hour or two later, the others in the house start to wake up, smelling the dual aromas of coffee and freshly baked scones. That is the time when we will make some scrambled eggs, top them with a little Swiss cheese and maybe throw in a few mushrooms, and sit down to a real breakfast. Between bites of egg and scone and sips of black coffee, the days plans are laid out.
I like my scones not too sweet, and just a bit crumbly… never cakey like the ones found in some coffee shops. And I love lavender. The scent, the taste is utterly amazing in a scone, especially when mixed with a touch of lemon zest and topped with a lemon glaze.
To begin, gather your ingredients together…
- 2 c. Flour
- 2 tsp. edible lavender (more if you love the taste of lavender)
- 1 lemon (zest and juice)
- powdered sugar
- 1/2 c. softened, but not melted, butter
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 2/3 c. milk
Cream together the butter, lemon zest and sugar in a large bowl. I find using the KitchenAid mixer extremely convenient, but any mixer will do. Add the milk and egg and mix just a little. After this, I add place flour, baking powder, salt, and lavender in a dry bowl and stir together with a spoon to mix well. Then I place the entire contents into the wet mixture, and mix until they just come together. Don’t over mix.
Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a floured counter top and divide into 2 balls. Pat and flatten these until about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick, then cut each into 6 triangles. Carefully place the scones onto a buttered or greased baking sheet and pop them into a 400° F oven for about 20 minutes. They should come out looking like this.
Put the juice of half the lemon into a bowl. Add a cup or so of powdered sugar and stir together. A small amount of lemon juice will dissolve a large amount of powdered sugar. Keep stirring, adding a little more powdered sugar or lemon juice as needed until you get a sugar glaze of a consistency that is easy to drizzle over the scones.
Now sit back and enjoy with a cup of strong black coffee… and remember… they always taste better when shared with family and friends.