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Simply put, I love food. I revel in everything about it: taste, texture, preparation, presentation, etc. The most favored aspect for me is the social aspect of food…learning to cook from one’s mother, preparing food with friends, grilling out, potlucks, dinner parties or simply meeting for dinner. I light up watching the people I love eat the food that I create. It still truly amazes me how food brings us together. So a little about me. Now in my early 30s, I’ve learned all I know about cooking from my mother and grandmothers. My Midwestern roots are definitely reflected in my cooking style and the recipes that I choose as I am very “meat and potatoes” centric and heavy handed with the butter sometimes. More later, but for now Happy Nomming!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Triple Cinnamon Scones

Over the past few years, my dad has developed an affinity for scones.  He's very picky about them though. He covets this blueberry version from a bakery in Terre Haute, Indiana and, until about a year ago, they were the only ones that he truly loved.  He doesn't like dry British type scone so I venture that he wouldn't much care for the actual Scotish griddle scone either.

So a couple of years ago, I attempted to make scones for the first time to see if they passed his obviously discriminating taste (this from a man who, in my mother's absence, will eat a bag of microwave popcorn for dinner). I figured if I made them chocolate with chocolate chips that they would surely be a hit and I was right.  I went to my favorite source for any bread creation, King Arthur Flour. (That link will take you directly to a classic scone recipe with a bunch of different variations including the chocolate chocolate chip madness)

Last Christmas, I decided to try making King Arthur's Triple Cinnamon Scones.  According to a bunch of research I've read cinnamon is a great metabolism booster, so I'm fairly certain with the amount of cinnamon that these scones contain you're actually loosing weight while you eat them.*



**Compliments of the fine people at King Arthur Flour**
scones
1/2 cup half and half
1 cup cinnamon chips
2 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pats
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

filling
¾ cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons water

glaze
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
7 tablespoons water


Combine the cinnamon chips with the half and half or milk in a small bowl. Let the mixture rest for about 20 minutes. While the cinnamon mixture is resting, get started putting together the rest of the ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Work in the butter just until the mixture is unevenly crumbly; it's OK for some larger chunks of butter to remain unincorporated.
Add the eggs and vanilla to the cinnamon-milk mixture, stirring to combine. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until all is moistened and holds together.

Scrape the dough onto a well-floured work surface. Pat/roll it into a rough 9" square, a scant 3/4" thick. Make sure the surface underneath the dough is very well floured. If necessary, use a giant spatula (or the biggest spatula you have) to lift the square, and sprinkle more flour underneath.

Spread the filling over the dough. Fold one edge into the center and over the filling, as though you were folding a letter. Fold the remaining edge over the center to complete the three-fold. You'll now have a rectangle that's stretched to about 4" x 12". Gently pat/roll it to lengthen it into a 3" x 18" rectangle; it'll be between 3/4" and 1" thick.

Cut the rectangle into six 3" squares. Transfer the squares to a lightly greased (or parchment-lined) baking sheet. Now you have a choice. For large scones, cut each square in half diagonally to make a triangle; you'll have 12 scones. For medium scones, cut each square in half diagonally again, making four triangular scones from each square. Gently separate the scones (if you like scones with crunchy edges), leaving about 1" between them. For softer scones, separate the scones just enough to break contact between them.

For best texture and highest rise, place the pan of scones in the freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425°F.

Bake the scones for 16 to 20 minutes, or until they're golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven, and allow the scones to cool right on the pan.  This is the hardest part as now your entire house smells of cinnamony goodness.

Make the glaze by stirring together the sugar, cinnamon, and water. If the sugar seems particularly lumpy, sift it first, for an extra-smooth glaze. Line a baking sheet (with sides) with parchment, and pour about half the glaze atop the parchment. Set the scones atop the glaze, swirling them around a bit to coat their bottoms. Then drizzle the remaining glaze over the top. Use a pastry brush to brush the glaze over each scone, to coat it entirely. The glaze is very thin, so this is easily done. Transfer the scones to a rack set over parchment, to catch any drips. As you pick each scone up, run its sides over the glaze in the bottom of the pan, both to use up some of the extra glaze, and to make sure all sides are coated. Allow the glaze to set before serving the scones.

*This is, of course, a false statement.  There's a stick of butter in this recipe. I'm pretty sure you could eat the entire jar of cinnamon and it won't counteract the fat content in that. 

Happy Birthday to the most important man, my hero, and my first love...my dad!


4 comments:

  1. You never explained how to make the filling! Is it melted on the stove, mixed cold?! I melted it and ended up with a HUGE mess and melted soggy dough! I will be deleting this recipe!

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    1. Michele,
      I'm so sorry! I've let this blog go and didn't keep writing on it. Thanks to your comment, I've corrected the recipe.
      Regards - Cassie

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  2. this recipe is riddled with problems. how does a 9" square folded in thirds become 12" long? the filling is WAY too much and too runny. i used about 1/2 of it. my math tells me that when you make 2 pieces each out of 3 6" squares it makes 6 pieces....not 12! after 10 minutes in the oven they were dark brown...close to burning (i concede that could be the difference in ovens). the scones were dry but tasty. i'll try again with my own faithful recipe for scones and the filling will be butter, brown sugar and cinnamon mixed together and sprinkled/patted on the dough like cinnamon buns.also....WAY too much glaze. I reduced it 1 C icing sugar and mixed in cream till the right consistency.i wouldn't reccommend this recipe to anyone. maybe a video making them would be helpful.

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  3. Try using the original. I've not looked at this blog in literally years and it was my first foray into writing so my apologies. I promise these are amazing
    https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/triple-cinnamon-scones-recipe

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