13 February 2012

Tea & a Scone Recipe Downton Abbey Style

We in the states are one night's sleep removed from Downton Abbey. Based on last night...once again we cannot wait until next weekend. But for some of the characters they simply do not know what a week end is. But remember a time back (we'll call it last season dearies) that all important conversations...well the plotting conversations, took place over tea. Yes, tea. A time honored tradition in Britain, as you know & one that survives today. Given the fact that I don't have formal "tea time" at Casa Walczak despite drinking copious amounts of tea, I was wondering, what in fact is served with a traditional English tea? According to the official London Guide tea is served with finger sandwiches, dainty cakes, & scones with cream & jam. Well, instead of talking Downton Abbey I thought I might start cooking Downton Abbey.
But I found it terribly challenging to find a scone recipe that was a little healthier & a lot less drier. Perseverance prevailed however & I found  recipe that I adapted somewhat to our FaV Food style.

Somewhat Guiltless Scone with Black Cherry Syrup
adapted from Downton Abbey Cooks

1 cup unbleached White Flour
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
3 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (if using unsalted butter)
1/2 cup Half and Half, at room temperature
1 organic brown Egg, at room temperature
2 tsp unsalted Butter, melted
Black Cherry Syrup 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Prep a glass baking dish by greasing it with 1 teaspoon butter. 

In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients (the first six ingredients). In another bowl combine all the wet ingredients (making sure to only add 1 teaspoon melted butter) minus the black cherry syrup, and mix gently. Sift the dry ingredients into a third bowl. Now add the wet ingredients to sifted flour mixture. Mix all the ingredients together, gently and until just mixed.

On a dry counter surface dusted lightly with flour, knead your dough to the point where it first stays together easily (do not knead the dough very long as this will cause over kneading). With your hands form the dough into a flat round about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. With a serrated knife cut the dough into triangles. Place the scones on the glass dish. Insert the glass dish in the oven for 15 minutes (oven times will vary). 

Remove the scones from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Place a scone on a plate and sprinkle it with the black cherry syrup. Enjoy!!


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