Raspberry Walnut Scones, and a book teaser

Well, it’s almost finished. Amalia and I have been working on a recipe ebook chock full of Halfling recipes (inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbits and their charming appetites for delicious comfort foods) and it’s within a week or two of being finished. We had hoped to release it at the same time that the latest Hobbit movie was released (last month) but a string of family Christmases and a bad case of the flu stymied our efforts.

But that’s okay. It’s a wonderful little ebook, and we’re very excited about it! Amalia and I decided that in the Tolkien world, we wouldn’t be the ethereal elves with their grace and longevity, or the dwarves with their lust for adventure. . . certainly not the Orcs with their propensity for violence and charging around half-clad . . . No, we’d clearly be the Hobbits, the Halflings, with their longing for home and comfort and good food, and pride in their gardens and love of music and dancing. Yup. No question about it.

Our designer has taken our photos and recipes and our prattling on about Halflings and their ways, and made a beautiful little book out of it. I can’t wait for you to see it (watch this space, Gentle Readers, I’ll be announcing it soon!) and to that end, I’ll post one recipe from it today.

Scones are very much the fashionable thing right now in fancy coffee shops. Here’s the funny thing: they aren’t at all difficult to make at home. There are some things you can do to make them even fancier (adding special ingredients, or glazes and icings). These scones are plenty fancy: they include berries and nuts and a drizzled glaze! Boom! They’re loaded!

These are Company’s-Coming!-and-I-just-found-out-about-it Scones. You have time to whip something simple up, but only just. You may have time to slide these into the oven, whip off your apron and make coffee before the knock comes at your front door.

And look how pretty they are. Impressive. And, Gentle Reader. They taste even better than they look. Especially if you split them while they’re hot, and add a loving schmear of soft butter. πŸ™‚

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Yes, mere mortals can make these. They only look intimidating.

Yes, mere mortals can make these. They only look intimidating: they are quite easy to make.

Here’s the recipe. And thank you to my dear daught Amalia for sharing it with me.

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Raspberry Walnut Scones
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Recipe type: quick breads
Cuisine: Halfling foods
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Serves: 8-10
 
The well-kept secret about scones? As fancy as they seem, scones couldn't be easier to make! You can vary the ingredients and toppings to suit your family and friends, but get busy and make them: they're delicious!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1⁄3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • And for the Walnut Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons heavy cream or milk 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped walnuts, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or grease it and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  4. Quickly cut in the butter, using your hands, two knives, or a pastry blender. Mix until mixture resembles coarse meal. A few lumps of butter are fine.
  5. Pour 1 cup of heavy cream and almond extract over the ingredients and stir with a spatula until dough begins to form. Don’t overmix!
  6. Gently fold in chopped walnuts and raspberries. Gently, gently, so as not to smash the berries.
  7. Transfer dough to a floured countertop and knead dough by hand just until it forms a ball.
  8. Form scones by patting the dough into a 3⁄4-inch thick circle and cut into even triangles.
  9. Place scones on prepared baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush scones lightly with the additional heavy cream.
  10. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until scones are golden brown and firm on the bottom, cool on a rack.
  11. While the scones are cooling, make the walnut glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, heavy cream or milk, and almond extract.
  12. Drizzle glaze over the scones. Top with additional chopped walnuts. Serve!
  13. Scones will keep in an air-tight container for up to 2-3 days, or in the freezer (well wrapped) for several weeks, but they really are best eaten the day they are made.

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And oh, hey, we’ve got company coming this weekend. With any luck, when Amalia sees that I posted this, she’ll feel like making some . . . ! πŸ™‚

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23 thoughts on “Raspberry Walnut Scones, and a book teaser

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thank you Amy. It was quite easy to come up with a cookbook full of Hobbit-style recipes, since we have so much in common with them. πŸ™‚

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thank you, I hope your son enjoys it. My daughter and I tried to keep the recipes as straightforward and easy as possible!

  1. Chef William Chaney

    I think Scones are among my favorite breakfast treat, right after Bear claws, but these look like they could very well replace the bear claws. When on the road, I like to keep breakfast to a scone and some great coffee. I first started enjoying scones while in England some 35 years ago. It was quite proper to have a scone and a spot of tea to start your morning. However they were never this fancy or I would have eaten a lot more of them over the years. I’m looking forward to your book and all the great treasures it will hold.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thank you, Chef. These scones will have significantly less sugar than your bear claws, and since they are baked, not fried, they’re probably healthier for you. So . . . you may be able to indulge in two of them. I’m looking forward to having the book finished, too–exciting process but it involves a lot of new steps for me! (As you know!) Nice to hear from you!

  2. Doug

    You may be able to release your book at the same time the movie is released as a DVD and hits NetFlicks.
    OR, before so that the search engines have it ready for those searching for the DVD. Will it be on Amazon?

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thank you, Doug. Yes, we’re working on getting it on Amazon. Thanks for your suggestions. We’re kinda figuring it all out as we go along on this! Definitely a learning curve for my daught and me. We’re comfortable writing and in the kitchen, but this producing a book is new for us.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thank you Carrie! Thanks to my daughter’s beautiful food photography and my son Andrew (he’s our designer) beautiful graphic design, it’s really a pretty little book. We’re pretty pumped about it!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Oh, Sophie, you’re so sweet. I’ll pass along that compliment to my daughter Amalia, since she made those scones in the photo. She was the “scone girl” at our farmer’s market last summer. Everybody loved her scones, and you can see why!!

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