The Modern Baker Challenge is the newest "club" I've joined. Here's the premise: a group of people are baking their way through every recipe in the book "The Modern Baker" by Nick Malgieri and blogging about it. What I like best about this club is that there are no strict rules to adhere to and no hard and fast deadlines to meet. Phew! With my crazy and unpredictable schedule, which teeters between having large blocks of time to bake, and then weeks at a time when I can barely get organized enough to throw together dinner, this suits my lifestyle perfectly. The only "rule" is that we are not publishing the recipe - so if you really want to try this, you'll have to get the book. Sorry. As much as I like to share all the recipes I use, I have to respect that - for reasons that require no further explanation.
Having said that, I have to admit, I've never really gotten excited about scones. They've always looked like a heavy clump of dry dough that is better suited to be used as a paper weight than something I'd eat. So, having received my copy of this beautiful cookbook, "The Modern Baker", and being that we are on the 'Quick Breads' section that has several scones in it, I decided to was high time to step outside my comfort zone. It helped that I tried my first scone at a bakery earlier in the week in preparation for this task. I mean, how would I know how successful I was if I didn't have a frame of reference for comparison?
These scones were super easy to throw together. You use your food processor to cut the butter into your dry ingredients (flour, dark brown sugar, baking powder and salt);
When the mixture is "mealy", you add the wet (eggs and cream). Then you make three 5 inch disks with the dough, cut each disk into quarters;
place the scones on a parchment lined baking sheet;
and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. As you can see, I chose to add chocolate chunks into the batter because I had them and they just make everything better.
The verdict: I'm a convert. I now subscribe to the Scone Fan Club. They are not too heavy or dry. These ones were sweet in the subtle way - the chocolate helped. I would happily eat one of these with my latte for breakfast. I am now looking even more forward to delving into this book. Go get it and join in on the fun! Here's the link: The Modern Baker Challenge.