A First Attempt At Making Homemade Scones
Our friend Betsy is a dance movement therapist and is working with my daughter Maddie and me to stretch our muscles and strengthen our cores. For Maddie, it is to help her with cerebral palsy, for me it is to help me deal with the years. Betsy’s husband is an actor who is interested in learning how to cook so Betsy and I discuss cooking strategies all the time. Last week she encouraged Brad to prepare some homemade oatmeal scones and this is his story.
I am no master in the kitchen. I make some pretty mean scrambled eggs, but the butter and milk I add do most of the work for me, flavor-wise. The one strength I have that I use to my advantage is that I am pretty good at following directions, so long as I have a basic idea how it is supposed to look which is why I can’t understand how so many cookbooks don’t have pictures
As far as I’m concerned, it would be like asking someone that has never seen a platypus to draw one just based on descriptions. This is how I felt when I was recently tasked with baking some scones for our household. I have had a scone before; they look like dessert pizza slices.
The most challenging part of the process for me was “cutting the butter in” without a pastry blender. So I used a fork, which took a while and really hurt my hand. So I’m not making these again until I get the right tool.
The second part that was confusing to me was that it asked me to make a “well” in the center of the dry ingredients. A well what? After thinking about it for a minute, I decided they meant a well like you get water out of; only this time I was putting wet ingredients into it.
The recipe asked me to place the dough in an 8-inch circle. Should I be embarrassed that I used a piece of printer paper to measure out the 8-inches of diameter?
Then when it wanted me to use a knife dipped in flour to cut out 12 wedges, I opted for a pizza slicer instead and cut 8 scones out of the dough.
The scones, surprisingly, came out quite nice. And they tasted all the sweeter because I had made them.