let's just face it, we were itching for dessert. the problem was, i had nothing in the house and couldn't convince charley to make me cookies. so i googled "desserts with brown sugar" and found this recipe from howsweeteats.com. the only problem was, i didn't have some of the ingredients (mainly bacon!) so i adjusted the recipe to what i had on-hand. i think i'll try again sometime when i do have the bacon because it sounds really interesting. here's what i did:
step 1: if you don't have buttermilk, make it yourself!
put 1 tbsp white vinegar (or lemon juice) in a 1 cup measuring cup and fill to the top with milk.
let sit for 5 mins and you have your very own buttermilk.
step 2: gather your base ingredients and preheat oven to 425 degrees
- 3 1/4 cups flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (use more!!)
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
step 3: put all the base ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together
step 4: cut 3/4 cups cold butter into small squares. cut the butter into the base mixture until it resembles course crumbs (like how you make pie crust -- i used 2 knives to cut the butter).
step 5: stir in buttermilk and 1/4 tsp vanilla. fold in a handful of raisins.
step 6: roll out on floured surface and kneed gently. divide in half and pat into 7in circles.
brush with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar.
step 8: while it's cooking, make the maple glaze.
- 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- drop of water (i used over 1 tsp)
mix all the maple syrup, vanilla and powdered sugar together. add water 1/4 tsp at a time until gets to desired consistency (should be able to drizzle overtop).
step 9: when the scones are out of the oven, drizzle overtop and let cool.
i tried them straight from the oven and did not think they were all that great. the scones didn't have a lot of flavor and the maple glaze was really sweet. i really didn't think much of them until i called charley today and he said he'd eaten a bunch and really like them. so when i got home today i tried one and he was right! they must need to cool and settle in before you eat them. in fact, i think i am going to go grab another while charley writes his comments...
i am writing this after eating about 5 of these! the only critique i could recommend from personal preference would be add more raisins and more cinnamon otherwise they are perfect the way they are. they don't leave your mouth feeling dry and you keep wanting to go back!