Thursday, August 05, 2010

Saffron Scones

1/2 stick (4 Tbs) butter
2 cups unbleached white flour (or half and half whole wheat and white flours)
1/2 cup wheat germ (optional)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 pinch saffron, soaked in a tablespoon of hot water or milk
1/4 tsp. Saffron salt
1 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup cottage cheese and 1/2 cup buttermilk)
1 egg

Preheat oven to 400F
Soak the saffron in hot water or milk.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt
Cut the butter into the flour mixture and using a pastry blender, create a crumb dough
Whisk egg with the buttermilk and add the soaked saffron
Pour over crumb dough mixture
Knead with fingers until a soft dough forms (do not over knead!). Add flour if dough is too sticky.
Flatten into a shape of a disk, about 2" thick, and cut with cookie cutter
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden-brown (if using smaller scones, bake for less)

Serve with orange marmalade and clotted cream (in the picture, it is served with Preserved BC Sunshine's Seville Orange Marmalade, which is lightly sweet and fragrant)

These lovely scones will be served at my Midsummer's Tea Party August 8th!

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At August 05, 2010 6:59 PM, Blogger odysseusm said...

Oh my! Those sound so nice! The buttermilk... the saffron... mmm.

At August 07, 2010 2:01 AM, Blogger Princess Ellie said...

These sound yummy. I love the flavor of Saffron and I had never thought of it in baked goods.

At August 11, 2010 12:05 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

They are delicious... Next in my experiments will be saffron madeleines!!!


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