Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Raspberry scones (and a new hack for food photos)
A while back, I mentioned that I was excited to try a couple new scone recipes. I have dutifully done so. Many, many scones have been eaten in an attempt to deliver the best recipe to you (the sacrifices I make!).
The winning recipe is a variation on one from A Handmade Life, by Molly Wizenberg, with the addition of fresh raspberries from our garden.
I also want to call your attention to the lovely photo, courtesy of my über-geek husband, David. He read about this hack for creating a light box for just this sort of thing and, the next thing I knew, he was in the kitchen building me one. It took less than an hour and was put together with simple materials we had on hand.
Raspberry scones (adapted from A Handmade LIfe)
2 cups flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
4T cold, unsalted butter cut into small pieces
3 T. sugar (plus more for sprinkling on top)
1 c. fresh raspberries
1/2 cup whole milk 1 large egg
Place dry ingredients in food processor and pulse a few times. Add in butter and pulse around 10 times (you want the butter pieces to be pea-sized). Mix egg and milk in a small bowl. Add to the food processor and pulse until just mixed. Turn out onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The dough will be dry and powdery. Add raspberries and fold together with your hands, making a flattened mound. Do your best to incorporate everything but not to over knead. It's going to be messy. Once you've got a flattened circle of dough, cut into 8 wedges with a sharp knife. Sprinkle with a bit more sugar and bake at 425 degrees for 15-25 minutes (this varies due to the wetness of the berries. If you use currants instead, for example, it would only be 15 minutes).
Note: The food processor method here is not how she does it in the book — it's my own adaptation. One of the tricky things about scones is that the dough really can't be handled much, or the butter will soften too much and change the consistency. I really recommend experimenting with this. It may take a few tries before you find a method that works for you. If you've had success another way, please let me know!