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.
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!
with Brown Sugar Glaze
Makes 8 scones or 18 minis, using a 2-inch biscuit cutter.
FOR THE SCONES
3/4 cups (188 ml) heavy cream
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