Oatmeal Raisin and Cream Scones

Okay, okay. It’s been far too long since you’ve heard from me. I have no one to blame but myself,  work, and work, and the creations that pop into my head that I have to make immediately regardless of the time of day, and life, and oh yeah, work. As time goes on, I’ll fill you in on all of the good stuff – promise! Before I forget, get a load of a couple of Sift! desserts in the spring issue of Atlanta Weddings – www.atlantamagazineweddings.com. We are so excited about it and we’re always ready to transform your next event into dessert heaven. Yes, we ship pieces of heaven everyday. Check us out at www.siftatlanta.com!

For now, please accept my apologies for the reckless abandonment I’ve subjected you to and have some oatmeal scones on me. They’re easy and delish!  The secret to scones are to handle them as little as possible. Be certain not to knead them once you’ve turned the dough out of the bowl. For added texture, try adding 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans to the mix.

Oatmeal Raisin Scones

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/4 milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 stick cold butter, cubed

2 Tbsp cold shortening, cubed

1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans (optional)

1/2 cup plumped (and patted dry) raisins

Note: Before you begin, a word on raisin plumping. Whenever I use raisins in baking or even salads, I plump them first. This is an extremely easy, nevertheless highly useful and beneficial technique. It produces a juicier, and in most cases, sweeter raisin. We are accustomed to the tiny, chewy, and sometimes, dry lump we call a raisin. While they can still be appealing right out of the box, a softer raisin is left to be desired.

Simply cover the raisins called for in this recipe, or any other, and cover them with boiling water. Let them steep for a minimum of 5-10 minutes. I usually steep them 20-30 minutes. Pour the water off and pat them dry with a paper towel. You will notice they are softer, plumper, juicier, and sweeter!

In this case, I would suggest plumping them in boiling water with a couple of valuable additions. Add 1-2 Tbsp of unsalted butter and 2 Tbsp of rum or bourbon. This will add some dimension to your scones. Let me know how you like them!

Let’s get the oven all nice and hot – 450°F.

Line-up of drys (“drys” is the term I personally use to refer to the primary dry ingredients of any recipe) …

Take each of the drys and whisk them together in a medium bowl.

Now, in a small bowl combine the cream, milk, and vanilla.

Chop the butter and shortening into cubes.

Get the bowl of drys and cut the cubed butter and shortening into it.

Cut the fats into the flour using your fingers or a pastry blender. Be sure not to use your hands. We want the fat to be the size of peas.

Add the cream mixture and stir ONLY until the flour is no longer visible. Now scatter some flour onto a work surface and turn the dough out. It’s time to pat it into a circle like so…

Cut the dough into 8 wedges like so (roughly ½” to ¾”thick  – whichever works for you)…

…and transfer to your prepared baking sheet.

Bake until golden brown on top – 15-17 minutes. When the scones are done let them cool for about 5 minutes and then try this glaze on top.

The scones are just fine with no topping/dressing at all. For those that prefer the added goodness of sauces and the like, read on!

I chose maple syrup as it was what was on hand. Feel free to substitute raspberry or blackberry syrup. All three will do the trick.

Syrup Glaze

2 Tbsp of maple, raspberry, or blackberry syrup

1 Tbsp heavy cream

½ cup sifted powdered sugar

Look for this consistency

Drizzle or spread the glaze over the scones and enjoy!

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