Monday, September 21, 2009

SMS - Orange-scented Scones

There's a first time for everything and this is officially my first late SMS post. So many things going on, including being sick, that I was going to pass on the scones. Really glad I didn't because they were great. Definitely worthy of making again and again. A big thanks for such a great pick by Robin of Lady Craddock's Bakery.


These scones were very easy to make, especially if you have a food processor. They are crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. Since they're not very sweet, I liked eating them with jam, as suggested in the book. And for that, I made half a batch of Strawberry-kissed Plum Jam. Why strawberry-kissed? I used 2 lbs of plums (4 cups) and added a small handful of strawberries that I needed to use up. The jam was delicious; just the right combination of sweetness and tartness. This recipe was based on the Fruit Preserves recipe in the Sweet Melissa Baking Book.

Ready to go into the oven!

An inside look... I loved the tender crumb of these scones... no hockey pucks here!

Don't you love that color?

Bon appetit!

Final thoughts/tips:
  • I used half an orange (whole) and pureed it in the food processor, the way we did a few weeks ago for the Whole Orange Poppy Seed Cake. I wish I had added some sugar to the orange when doing this, as the scones had a tiny bitterness to them. I decreased the amount of cream to 1/2 cup.
  • When washing any citrus fruit for zesting, instead of using water alone or water and a sponge, try using some dish detergent to scrub of the wax. It works great. You can feel the difference; the fruit's surface will be much rougher.
  • Instead of 6 scones, I shaped it into a long rectangle and cut it into 4 squares which I then cut in half, resulting in 8 scones.
  • I sprinkled the scones with raw sugar prior to baking as I like that crunchy texture.
  • Don't forget to check out the other SMS bakers.

9 comments:

  1. Looking good! I made 8 scones as well. Your jam sounds tasty.

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  2. The jam and scones looks amazing! Thanks for the tip for zesting!

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  3. They look wonderful, I'm glad you were able to make them (I hope you're feeling better now). The plum preserves sound divine; I was going to make that one from the SM book a few weeks ago, but found myself with a ton of berries, so I made the jumbleberry instead, next time!

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  4. Glad to see I'm not the only late one :p

    They look fab with the jam!

    Katie xox

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  5. Your so cute, how could I ever hate you!;) I love your idea..just have to figure out if I can do it. I deleted some pictures,so I may not have them ones I need to play around with..I'll see! Thank you for your advice!

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  6. Beautiful scones, Hanaâ! I love the touch of the raw sugar on top too- gives them that extra bit of sparkle and pizazz. And oh my, that strawberry kissed plum jam sounds SO very good- I absolutely love plums, but they've always been so hit or miss for me in terms of sweetness and flavor... they're just one of those fruits you never know what you're gonna get. But when you bite into a soft, tender plum and see that deep red inner flesh... heaven! I'm guessing you had some beautiful plums to work with since your jam has such a brilliant color. I can only imagine the lovely flavor profile of the plum jam on the orange scones. What a creative pair! (I forgot to tell you I made the Cinnamon Peach jam too a few weeks back- wasn't it stellar? My mom went crazy for it!)

    I know it was in a separate post, but I just wanted to wish you a huge CONGRATULATIONS on your 1st blogaversary... that's an amazing accomplishment, and I hope you have many more blogging years to come in the future- as a big fan of Hanaâ's Kitchen, I'm anxious to see lots more of your delicious goodies and read your always interesting, informative, and helpful posts!

    Hope you're doing well, and feeling better this morning :) I sent you an email yesterday- I hope you got it! Can't wait to hear from you soon!

    <3,
    Joy

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  7. I keep meaning to make plum jam and never do! I haven't tried any of Abigail Johnson Dodge's kids cookbooks, but I'll add them to my queue at the library. They're probably sick of me and my cookbook requests!

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  8. Your scones look great and I love the jam!

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  9. You know I really wanna make scones but I fear I'll screw em up somehow. I once made strawberry cookies that somehow turned into scones. So what will happen if I actually try making scones? They'll turn into rocks! Kinda like Startbucks' scones. bravo on your success.

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