Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tea Time - Poppy Seed Scones

While pondering the implementation of the PA Core this morning over my daily cup of tea (Cherry Almond from Tea Merchant 101 - sorry, I can't find any online ordering or website for them), I decided that weekends were tea times!  So I'm putting the PA Core dilemma on hold for the moment and sharing one of my favorite scone recipes - Poppy Seed Scones.   I've had many requests for this one, so here it is.  Oh, and don't Google cream of tartar substitutes.  Just go get some.  It does make a difference!

Poppy Seed Scones

Yield: 16-20 scones
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake 13-15 minutes

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup COLD salted butter, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold heavy whipping cream, divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

* Preheat oven to 350°.
* Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
* In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt, whisking to blend.  Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add poppy seeds and stir to combine.
* In a liquid measuring cup, combine 1/2 cup cream and vanilla extract.  Add to flour mixture, stirring until mixture comes together.  (If the dough seems too dry, add more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is uniformly moist.)  Work with hands until dough forms.
* Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 to 4 times.  Using a rolling pin, roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness.  Using a pizza cutter or cookie cutters, cut scones from dough.  Place scones 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.  Brush tops of scones with remaining 1 tablespoon of cream.
* Bake until edges of scones are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 13-15 minutes.

I use an adorable teapot shaped cookie cutter I received from one of my students.  But I've also formed the dough into 2 balls and flattened them into circles.  Then just used a pizza cutter to cut each circle into 8 wedges.

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