In honor of today being International Women’s Day and March being Women’s History Month, this post is dedicated to women. It’s dedicated to celebrating any and all of the inspirational women in our lives: our mothers, neighbors, grandmothers, mentors, teachers, sisters, cousins, aunts, and colleagues who bring laughter and wit and wisdom into our day and make the world a better place. Give them a call or a hug today.
I owe all of the curiosity, tenacity, and skill I have for baking to my grandmother, an incredible lady who has always amazed me with her vivacity, resilience, and love. Her pies, oatmeal crispies, fresh bread rolls are like edible memories – so real to me and such a huge part of my childhood that I can almost taste them. It’s also thanks to Grandma Wanda that I learned the simple glory of the pie crust cookie. Baking is for me a sort of homage to the relationship I have with my grams. It’s a way for me to pay it forward. All of the love she baked up in those goods across the years I simply must pass on. That kind of delicious joy can’t end with me. So I bake. And I freely, happily let it back out into the world. Any one of you who has tasted one of my baked goods, take note: you have my grandma to thank : )
These scones are absolutely delightful. They’re perfect for a chilly winter morning. Now that I think of it, they’re like a triple threat:
1) warm oven in the morning to thaw the house from the night’s chilly temperatures
2) delicious aroma in the air
3) a belly full of yummy, citrust-packed breakfast. Win!
This was my first attempt at scones. Now that I know how perfectly easy they are, I foresee many a spontaneous batch of morning scones – with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries… the possibilities are endless!
Grapefruit Oat & Honey Scones
Recipe from the Kitchn
Makes 8 scones
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cups oat flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup granulated sugar + more to sprinkle on top
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder (or minced fresh ginger)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Ruby Red grapefruit, zested and segmented (see below)
1 tablespoon orange or mandarin zest
8 ounces (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, sliced into 1/2-inch cubes
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons honey
Preheat the oven to 400°F and place a rack in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can use a non-stick cookie sheet and lightly oil it with butter (this may work with a regular baking pan too, but you are more likely to have problems with the scones sticking).
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, and salt. Toss the grapefruit zest and orange zest with the dry ingredients.
Add the cubed butter to the dry ingredients. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, rub or cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles small, coarse peas. Work quickly so the butter doesn’t warm too much. Add the yogurt and honey, and toss everything together with a fork and/or your hands until all of the dry ingredients are moistened.
Add the grapefruit pieces last. Quickly and gently envelope them into the scone mixture. You don’t want the grapefruit chunks to become smashed or release much juice as that will alter the texture of your scones (though some smashing is unavoidable).
Turn the scone dough out onto a floured surface. Gently form into an 8-inch circle, about 1-inch thick. Cut the dough into eight triangles using a knife. If the dough is moist, lightly coat with flour on both sides and edges (this will keep the grapefruit juices from leaking out and burning). Using your hands or with a spatula, place the triangles on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle the tops with sugar.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown on top and firm but soft in the center. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
• How To Segment the Grapefruit: Slice off the bottom and top of the grapefruit and use a sharp knife to cut away the peel and white pith. Slice in between the white skin segments to release the wedges of fruit. Chop each segment in half and set aside. If you’ve never sliced a grapefruit, see this quick video tutorial.