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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Weekend Cooking: Heather's Blueberry Scones

Last night's wind and rain brought an end to the summer's first real heat wave, so this morning Margaret and I celebrated by heating up the kitchen. It's blueberry season and I've been craving scones ever since Heather posted this recipe at Books and Quilts last week. She says it came from an ancient copy of Five Roses Flour Cookbook. A quick search of amazon tells me the title is from the Classic Canadian Cookbook Series, circa 1962. I'm not surprised the recipe is still being used today - it's definitely a keeper!


Heather's Blueberry Scones

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 eggs
1/2 milk or light cream (I used milk)

1 cup blueberries
grate rind of a lemon

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon rind and salt. Cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture is the consistency of coarse cornmeal. Set aside. Reserve a little of the egg whites, beat remaining eggs until light; stir in milk. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add liquid all at once, stirring with a fork vigorously until it comes freely from the side of the bowl. Gently stir in blueberries. Pat dough into a circle 3/4 inch thick on an ungreased baking pan. Cut into 8 triangular wedges, but leave in place. Brush top with egg white and sprinkle liberally with sugar.

Bake in hot oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

Let cool a bit and eat while warm. Wonderful spread with butter.
It's a good thing this picture was taken as the scones came out of the oven. They disappeared very quickly. Thanks for the recipe, Heather!

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11 comments:

Beth F said...

I bought blueberries at the market to make these and my husband ate some many out of the basket that I have to wait and buy extra blueberries this coming week (and hide them!).

Yet again, these scones look heavenly.

caite said...

we are in the midst of the peak of blueberry season here..I need to try these. I love a nice scone.

Molly said...

oh my - this is the perfect recipe to go with those blueberries I just picked!!

Arch said...

Hey Joann... thanks for stopping by my blog and I must say I am very glad that I stopped by yours, 'coz I am a big fan of scones - chocolate, cinnamon and blueberry but I have never attempted making one...and now your recipe has gotten me all excited... :)

Love
Arch

Kim said...

Ohhhh...yum, yum, yum. I'm saving this to my blog recipe file. Thanks!

Vicki said...

That looks so good!!

gnoegnoe said...

It looks *really* good!!! But I'm horrified by the idea of putting on the oven: it's still extremely hot here in Holland!

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

This looks like a very good use for fresh blueberries. It seems very easy to make. I have to give it a try.

Heather said...

HI JoAnn,
I great to hear that so many readers are enjoying these scones. Yours look wonderful in the picture. Glad that you enjoyed them.

I also agree, that it's a shame when the weather is so hot and I can't do any baking.

Les said...

I love scones and blueberries, so I'll have to plan ahead and bake some of these this weekend--early in the morning before the house gets too hot!

JoAnn said...

Les - We have lots of blueberries right now, so I'll be making the scones again this weekend, too. It looks like we're finally in for some cooler weather with temps in the 80's - Yay!