01 April 2009

Today in the Kitchen - Blueberry, Buttermilk Scones & a Tea Party Near You!

Revision: My link concerning sending Tea Papers to the White House mentions that you should send a Tea Bag. Do not do this. Simply send the papers. They White House is not going to accept a substance - dugh. Sorry about putting a link with bad info.

Oh, In honor of the Tea Parties scheduled around the country I would like to share this amazing recipe with you! While we conservatives are usually busy being productive instead of protesting I do hope that many of you will take the time to find an April 15th Tea Party in your area. Sadly, I've never physically protested anything in my life and I am looking forward to doing SOMETHING to make a little noise over our soon-to-be-full -blown-Socialist state. I imagine a full blown tax revolt would be more effective but I don't think we pampered Americans have the grapefruits to support one of those yet. Maybe when we are being taxed 85% of our income we will finally wake up...OK, OK, I'll get to the recipe. Stepping off my soapbox now...

What goes better with Tea than a Scone? I have been enjoying one or two every morning with a piping hot cup of English Breakfast Tea (I have been saving my tea papers to send to the White House today!).

This makes 24 Scones. Simply throw them in a ziplock and freeze them. To serve, turn your oven to 350 and lay them on a rack until toasty and warm. As usual, I tried to use as much organic as possible.

You will need:
-Self control. Try not to eat every single one before your man gets home.
Look, if I managed not too than you can too!
-4 Cups all purpose flour, preferably organic and non-bleached, plus a quarter cup or so if you find your batter too sticky/runny at the end from the blueberries. I prefer to not use dried Blueberries in my baking so my recipes can get a little watery if I don't keep an eye on them.



-1/2 cup organic sugar (cane juice)
-1 Teaspoon salt
-4 Teaspoons baking powder
-1 Teaspoon baking soda
-2 Sticks of cold organic sweet cream butter or homemade butter =ing 8 ounces, cut into pieces
-1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk (I can never find Organic Buttermilk) plus two tablespoons or so for brushing
-1 Cup of Blueberries (thoroughly drained if you are using thawed from frozen berries)
-Cinnamon/sugar mix for sprinkling

If you would to make Lemon/Blueberry Scones simply add the following:
1-2 Tablespoons Lemon juice
1/8-1/4 Cup grated Lemon zest
-A pinch more flour if you find your batter too runny or you can leave out the lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400. In a food processor mix your flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, soda and lemon zest if you are using it. While it's running drop your pieces of butter in. I make my pieces the size of a tablespoon or so. Pulse until the mixture becomes mealy and then slowly pour in your Buttermilk (and Lemon juice if needed). A bigger clump will start to form. At this point you can take your batter out and put it into a bowl so that you can gently add your Blueberries. (This can all be done by hand or with a pastry masher but I have a love affair with my Cuisnart.)
Now I know, many like their scones in the traditional triangle shape but this is the Parisienne Farmhouse and so most of my recipes have a "rustic flair" and I like my little Scones to resemble a biscuit more than finger food for High Tea at the Drake. However, if you are having the ladies over and want a more formal look simply pat your dough into a circle and cut them with a pastry cutter. I don't have one so I could not do that if I wanted...I wonder if a knife would suffice??


Transfer your little wonders to a greased baking sheet and paint them with your remaining butter milk. (This is why it is handy to have a clean, only-for-cooking paint brush in one of your kitchen drawers). Sprinkle them with your Cinnamon/Sugar combo and bake for about 15 minutes.


For a real M.O. spread a little Lemon Curd and wipe the tears of joy from your eyes as you enjoy this delight that you made! These put those dry, crumbly horrible things at Panera and Starbucks to shame. Besides, you can make 24 or so for the cost of 3 or 4 of one of those and even though our President is taking 500 people with him to Europe the rest of us need to practice "fiscal responsibility" and "make sacrifices".
Darn that soapbox, it just attacked me from out of no where and shoved itself right underneath my feet I swear!

LeeLee sips Momma's TeaTea

Enjoy your scones and get your Blogger Butt to a Tea Party!

Bon Appetit!







19 comments:

Just A Gal... said...

OH MY... How inspiring it all is... I will have to make some scones very soon now... I love the ingredients you use...

I am having a wonderful time getting to know you!!!

Thanks for sharing!!

Just A Gal...

Just A Gal... said...

OH and I wanted to add, your laundry room post.... ummmmm WOW... The bug pictures...they hit my dreams last night LOLOLOL.. I got up laughing saying "you got to be kidding me.. I only saw them last night" LOLOLOLOL

Sharing a laugh with you...

Just A Gal...

Allidink said...

I agree with everything, and I love your scones! They look delicious! :)

All the best,
Allison

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

SCONES or NOT ... I'll be taking my blogger butt to the Tea Party in Lansing....and I'm sending the President tea bag wrappers and tags for my own personal protest to him. I will fight this tyrannical government with my words. I'm hardcore...heh heh heh! I can't wait to try the scones...do you realize I've never had one and me with a grandmom straight from England?? None of my aunts or mom make them! For shame!
XOXO
Joni

Jen said...

Those scones look sooooooo good. I will be trying those for sure! And I need to find a tea party to attend.

Berlin Deluxxe said...

I'll be hosting a tea party, if I was Obama I'd fly you all down to my tea party!
The pic of your baby girl with her dainty china cup is so pretty!

Bonjour Madame said...

These look amazing.

La Donna Welter said...

So wonderful to "meet" you! I found your wonderful blog through Na-Da Farm Life With Anne Marie! : )

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Looks like we'll be bound for the burbs early on Friday! Perhaps we can visit on Saturday?

Joannah said...

Those look delectable!

I'm loving that Tea Party idea. Michelle Malkin has been promoting those since O took office. I will be doing my best to shape America's future that day, but will be there in spirit.

Anne Marie said...

WEll well!!!

Where do I start:
1st, people at Na-Da Farm are LOVIN' your blog and style-
2nd, make your own buttermilk!!
3rd, are you hosting a tea party?
should I? she WE?

just ideas- let's ponder now shall we?

and yes, I need a MAC

Belle de Ville said...

What a great recipe...somehow I don't think that any of the scones that the Obamas will be eating while on their boondoggle...oops I mean their trip... to the UK will be anywhere near as delicious.
I love your blog.

The Black Sphere said...

Parissiene, merci pour le visite a mon blog, et pour le "shout out" a vos amies. Malheureusement ma francaise ne marche pas, mais j'ai besoin de practiquer plus! J'adore votre blog!

La Donna Welter said...

Thank you for the follow! : )

Cottage Remnant said...

Your scones look Yummy!!!
What is this about a Tea Party, and sending something to the White House????

Blessings
Cindy♥

RobinfromCA said...

I just found your blog through TBL and I'm so delighted! The scones look yummy and I couldn't agree more with everything else!

Now, I've got to go take pictures of my ugly garage laundry area where my boomerang daughter has dumped all of her belongings into the already crowded area. I miss my laundry room - waaaa!

Anne Marie said...

uh......waiting here!.....for the other marvelous pictures of your bedroom!!

anytime now dearie!!

Hey- why don't you participate in tiedupmemories's table setting tomorrow!! PLEASE??

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Thanks for the recipe...my page in the cookbook is stained, rippled form water damage and down right difficult to read.
Hey, I love you on your soapbox, you stay right up there sister, someone needs to be speaking of the outrages.

A Vintage Mood said...

Your little angel sipping tea is precious!