Monday, July 30, 2012

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oat Scones

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oat Scones
Scones--they evoke imagery of having an English tea on floral patterned, Victorian, furniture and talking about the "Queen Mum". (Who...I...suppose...is this Queen's mom? Yes?).

In my never-ending quest to make more new and delicious breakfast foods (because I have a hard time eating normal, quick, breakfasts for some reason), I decided it was time for scones to make an appearance. And these looked like such a yummy way to introduce myself to them! Brown sugar-yum. Cinnamon-yum. Oats-I'm a fan. Whole wheat-woo hoo! Admittedly, I had a smidgen of a hard time with these. The dough was so wet I wasn't really able to separate/move them to the baking sheets without causing most of the scones to become horribly misshapen. I'm unsure how to solve this issue/what I did wrong. Perhaps I should have put more flour in. However, since this was my first foray into scones, I thought perhaps they were supposed to be that way? But if they are...how in heaven's name can you get them to the baking sheet/separate them from each other after cutting? All my scone making friends-I'd love any feed-back!

Anyway, technical issues aside-these tasted phenomenal! Satisfying, hearty from the wheat and oats, and with just the right amount of sweetness. Definitely one of my favorite things I've made for breakfast...honestly I even ate some as snacks because I had such a hard time keeping myself away from these. They really are so delicious! I suggest you give these a try, they make morning times happy :).

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oat Scones


Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oat Scones
Ingredients:
Dough
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Optional-pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, cubed
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Topping
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, for brushing
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Preparation:
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oat Scones
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a large bowl mix flours, sugar, baking soda and baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg (if using).
  • Cut butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or your hands, until it has the consistency of sand.
  • Stir in oats.
  • Create a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the vanilla extract and gradually mix in the milk (may not need all of it)
  • Do not knead. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, gather it together, and pat it into a 1/2 in. thick rectangle.  The dough will be sticky--but not so much that you cannot move the cut scones. 
  • Cut down the center horizontally, then make 4 vertical cuts (resulting in 8 squares). Cut each square on the diagonal to result in 16 scones.
  • Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and brush the tops with the 1/4 cup of buttermilk.
  • Mix the oats, cinnamon, and sugar for the topping and sprinkle over each scone, evenly.
  • Bake 14 minutes, until lightly browned.
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