Friday, July 20, 2012

Baby Brown Sugar Butterscotch Scones

by Darla

Ever since the Hubster started back to work a couple of weeks ago, he’s been using my car. This has led to me becoming all European and walking everywhere, which I’m totally loving. I feel so French, walking home from a little market with my fresh produce and flowers. Next time, I’m buying a baguette, just to make it more authentic.

The other day, I decided to walk to the grocery store, because it really isn’t very far away. It’s barely more than a mile there…a mile and a half, max. Its good exercise, right?

First of all, I found it a rather enjoying walk, but seriously, what gives with all the staring, people? Everyone who drove by was all ogling and judgy looking, like walking to the store instead of driving is a crime or something. I was worried that my zipper was down or a boob had fallen out or something, but I was all good, so my only conclusion was that they thought I was a crazy person for using my legs.

Anyway. I was like 300 meters from the store, pretty hot since it’s been so warm and sunny here, and very thirsty because I neglected to think ahead, and my shoe broke. I actually got a flat tire while WALKING to the store. I’ve never gotten a flat tire on my car, in my life, and I actually just got a flat tire on my foot. Seriously?

I looked up and realized I was only a few meters from Crate & Barrel, so I hobbled in. I tried my hardest not to shuffle along, a la the walking dead, as I made my way to an escalator. On the second floor, I collapsed onto a couch and dared an employee to try to move me along. To their credit, they let me be…whether out of fear at my frazzled appearance, or sympathy at my obvious distress, I’m still not sure.

After weighing the options of either A. limping to another store for an unplanned, overpriced show replacement, or B. staggering to the Starbucks across the street for a drink and a scone, and waiting for the Hubster to get me on his way home for work, I went with the obvious answer. Option C. Stay huddled on the Crate & Barrel sofa, feeling sorry for myself, waiting for the Hubster to bring me a Starbucks drink and a scone on his way home from work.

I think I did the right thing. It would have more right if Starbucks had had butterscotch scones, but they didn’t. So whatever. I made my own.

I first heard of butterscotch scones on The Big Bang Theory when Sheldon offers one to Leonard in an effort to butter him up. I had honestly never heard of them before that, but I was instantly intrigued and immediately wanted one. Any food with the word butterscotch in the title is bound to be amazing. Still, it took me a couple of years to get around to finally making them. I don’t know why…there’s no excuse for it. Suffice it to say, I’ve finally made them and now there’s no going back. You’ve been warned.

All the goodies that go into these are pretty basic. Easy-peasy.

And then, of course, some extra cream and sugar to glaze these pretties.

Okay, so these are a lot sweeter than a traditional scone, in that they are loaded with yummy butterscotch chips, but I didn’t hear any complaining…least of all from myself. :)

I’m so happy that I finally made these. They were totally worth the wait…but I’ll not be waiting so long to make them again. These are definitely a special, tasty breakfast treat, but unlike cinnamon rolls and other decadent breakfast foods, these scones whip up in just a few minutes and are ready to be served in less than a half hour. Now you have zero reasons not to make them, so go do it! Do eet now!! Enjoy!

Butterscotch Scones
with Brown Sugar Glaze
Makes 8 scones or 18 minis, using a 2-inch biscuit cutter.

Ingredients

FOR THE SCONES
3/4 cups (188 ml) heavy cream
1 egg
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
2 cups (255 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (64 grams) brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons (71 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 cup butterscotch chips

FOR THE GLAZE
1 tablespoon (15 ml) heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons (about 32 grams) brown sugar, packed

Preheat the oven to 425 (220 C) degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cream, egg, and vanilla extract; set aside.

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the ingredients 5 or 6 times to combine. Distribute the butter evenly over the top of the flour mixture and pulse another 5 or 6 times until the butter is cut to about pea sized. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add the butterscotch chips. Pour in the heavy cream mixture and mix until the ingredients just come together as a dough. Pour the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and lightly pull any loose pieces together to form a more cohesive dough.

Once your dough is formed, shape it into a disk about an inch thick and 7 to 8 inches across. Using a sharp knife or a dough cutter, cut the disk into eight equal wedges and transfer them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat mats.

To make the glaze: Lightly brush the tops of the scones with the 1 tablespoon heavy cream and sprinkle the brown sugar on top.

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire cooling rack for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve warm.

Recipe by Darla

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria July 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

I NEED these scones in my life!

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2 Living The Sweet Life July 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

I’m so sorry to hear about your shoe – - but def. the best option was choosen, Starbucks to the rescue!! And these scones … mmmm, they look melt-in-your-mouth delicious :)

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3 Becca - cookie jar treats July 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

You’re right, option C does sound like the best option you could’ve gone with ;)

I never eat or drink at Starbucks simply because I feel like I could make what they serve at home, for a fraction of the cost and it’s a lot tastier. Plus I don’t think Starbucks is all that great anyways (blasphemy, I know!) But I do love looking at their pastries and these butterscotch scones look amazing!! And this may sound weird, but the photo you took of all the ingredients is simply amazing. I don’t know why I like it so much, I just do :)

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4 Kathia July 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

No complains! these ones look delicious!
Walking here in the US might look like a crime, yes, people stare at you for no reason. Where I am from, walking is part of your daily life, but of course, everything is closer and the weather is not as hot and humid as here.

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5 Robin July 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

My two favorite things – butterscotch and scones. I’ve been thinking about scones all day. I have the chips in the freezer. Mmmmm.

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6 Christina July 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Those look awesome! I’m so going to try those soon. As for walking, people were probably wondering why you chose to walk. Is she poor? Is her car broken? Is she crazy? Not, oh, she probably just wants to go for a walk. :)

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7 Tiffany @ Fizzy Party July 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

First, I’m SHOCKED people would be staring at you. I know Portland, I work downtown, live in Beaverton, have friends all over the East side and Portlanders walk all over the place. Maybe these were out of towners on vacation visiting who were doing all the staring. Odd.
Second, YUM YUM YUM, I have never made scones but I am sooo making these. I love butterscotch too.
Third, I too like the picture of the ingredients. So cute :)

Don’t let those weirdo’s who were staring at you for walking deter you. I love walking too and walk 2 miles RT to the MAX 5 days a week.

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8 Poornima July 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Fabulous cookies, love anything butterscotch !

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9 Jill July 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Option C sounds like the way to go!

These sound fabulous! I know what’s for breakfast tomorrow!

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10 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Mm these sound fabulous!

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11 Amanda @ The Dormestic Goddess July 21, 2012 at 5:11 am

People stare at me when I walk or bike around my town too! It’s so annoying and unnerving. Butterscotch Scones would surely cure that! These look fantastic, Darla. Can’t wait to try them :)

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12 Laura July 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Big Bang Theory reference: excellent.

Option C was the only way to go, obvs. Excellent choice.

I feel I should preface this next sentence by saying that I mean it in a totally non-creepy way: maybe the gawkers were not so doing because of the fact that you were walking, but that you’re so adorable!

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13 sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more July 23, 2012 at 6:49 am

aw you poor thing,. I totally would have taken the chance to buy new shoes ,and made hubby pic me up, you know, win win.

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14 kita July 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

That totally blows that your shoe broke! And yes – why does everyone stare when someone’s walking. It is really weird.

These scones sound killer.

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15 Berit July 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Yes, what’s with the staring?
20 years ago I was visiting a friend in Maryland. My boyfriend and I were low on finances, so we decided not to rent a car for the first few days. We walked to the nearby mall and were very amused by the reactions. People slowed down, stared, honked, waved and one car even stopped to ask us what had happened and did we need help.
I can’t wait to make the scones – I’ve been thinking about them ever since I watched that episode of TBBT!

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16 Cathy @ Noble Pig July 27, 2012 at 6:21 am

These are calling my name, they sound heavenly! Wow, beautiful site too!

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17 Deetz August 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Oh my goodness! We just got back from vacation where I had the most amazing scones and today I was thinking “I need scones. I want to make scones.” Followed shortly by, “is there such a thing as a butterscotch scone?” Needless to say I CAN NOT WAIT to try your recipe!

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18 dcerosion August 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

Option C was the only way to go, obvs. Excellent choice.

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19 Amanda R. November 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

These sound amazing! I’m going to make these for my sister for her birthday. I’ll be adding some pecans to them for her. I was thinking of making a couple batches for her and freezing the other batch so she could have them when she wants as she is not a baker. Do you think they should be thawed before they are baked? Thanks for the recipe!!

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