Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Scrumptious Scottish Scones

        Cooking with your kids: Lots of fun but one hot mess. All my kids love to get involved in the kitchen. Drizzling the olive oil, sprinkling salt and pepper, spreading flour about- it’s like the fun bus arrived. We bought learning towers a few years back for the twins to lend a helping hand. They were, and still are, a great purchase. At the time, they were $199 for one and honestly, I bet it would take $50 at Home Depot to buy the materials needed to make 2! That being said, we spent around $400 and had 2 boxed and delivered. Handy of us? No way! Practical? Totally! Albeit, the towers definitely encouraged the tots to become helpers. Undeniably, we have gotten our money’s worth and have enjoyed countless make-your-own pizza nights, flipping the pancake adventures and what does boiling look like lessons. Flip side: My son, little rascal, has used them as means to get to previously and deliberately unreachable items or to, goodness help me, turn on the faucets repeatedly. So buy with caution. 
        Anyway, this cookbook was a present for the girls for their 4th birthday. We chose a recipe where we had ingredients on hand. Confession- it originally called for raisins- we came to the conclusion M&Ms were interchangeable here. :) The scones came together easily and the steps were certainly kid friendly. And while the M&Ms looked a bit lackluster post baking, they sure as heck tasted great all warm and gooey when we took our first bite. For sure, we will refer back to this book to make something new in the coming months. It’ll be yummy I’m sure, messy no doubt but memorable forever. <3 Enjoy…

Scrumptious Scottish Scones
Makes: 6-8

1 C flour
1 packet instant brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal 
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 TBS packed light brown sugar
4 TBS cold unsalted butter
1/2 C M&Ms candy pieces
1 large egg
1/4 C milk
1 tsp milk
1 TBS brown sugar
pinch of the instant oatmeal previously used

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, oatmeal, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar
  3. With a butter knife, cut the butter into small pieces. Add to mixture and use your fingertips to combine butter into mix. Stop when the mixture has lumps of butter about the size of peas
  4. Mix in the M&Ms
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until they are evenly combined. Do not stir too much, the dough will become tough and your scones will be dense 
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Rub some flour onto your hands and shape/pat the dough into a 3/4 in thick circle 
  7. Now make the topping. Use a pastry brush to spread the tsp of milk onto the circle. Sprinkle on the oatmeal and brown sugar
  8. Cut the circle into 6 or 8 triangular pieces (like a pizza). Place each piece slightly apart on an ungreased cookie sheet or one covered with a silicone sheet (recommended)
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown
  10. Cool on rack, enjoy warm or room temperature 

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