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Monday, March 3, 2014

rolled buttermilk scones: a tuesdays with dorie post


such a dark and dreary day.  cold and icy and snowy.  who isn't over this winter thing yet?  this weeks tuesdays with dorie baking challenge was buttermilk scones.  they were the perfect treat to pair with a steaming hot cup of tea on such a cold and damp day.

scones recipes call for cold butter to be cut into the dry ingredients.  this recipe was no exception.  to get the job done, i used my vintage piano wire dough cutter.

the recipe instructs you to cut the butter into the dry mix until it resembles coarse meal.  i left some small lumps of butter because that will add to the flaky texture i prefer in a scone or biscuit.


after the butter is cut in, buttermilk is added and the dough is kneaded about a dozen times.  in my opinion, the kneading is not necessary.  mix it up and pat it out.  game over.  the recipe gave us two options;  classic wedges or filled, rolled up and sliced.  since i have made more wedge shaped scones than i could ever count, i opted to make the rolled scones.  the dough was patted out into a 12" x 4" rectangle that was about a half inch thick.  first, a brush of melted butter, then a sprinkle of sugar before topping the dough with some candied lemon peel and candied citron that were left over from holiday baking.

there wasn't much to work with as far as rolling up the dough.  i didn't get much of a spiral and they looked more like a donut with a clump of dried fruit in the middle.  with a final brush of melted butter and sprinkle of sanding sugar over the top of each spiral, they were ready to be baked.

 a close up view of the spiral.

my work table.  i love being able to work with dough on the tabletop.  it is next to a large window and i get lots of natural light on my workspace.  the bench knife is one of my favorite tools.   it is one of those tools that once you have one, you cannot go without it.  first i used it to cut the butter up into little cubes.  then i used it to slice the spirals.  finally, a quick scrape across the tabletop removed all of the dough and flour.

the rolls took several minutes longer than the 10-12 minutes that the recipe called for.  in my oven, it was more like 15-16 minutes.

a quick and easy treat to make, scones are always a favorite of mine.  however, i was not impressed with this recipe.  it was not buttery enough for me-the recipe could have used a couple more tablespoons of cold butter cut into the dough.  it also could have used a little more buttermilk-i only used the amount called for since i had no experience with the recipe, i did not want to add too much.  then, there was the kneading which was totally unnecessary.  next time, i will stick to my own recipe but i may try the spiral slices again.

to see the recipe, visit this site.  but as a cookbook author, i ask that you consider buying the book, baking with julia.  it is a wonderful book to add to your cookbook collection!  to see what the other tuesdays with dorie bakers came up with, visit the website.

16 comments:

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  2. Jane, even if you were not so impressed with this recipe - like me - I love all your pictures and how your rolled scones turned out.
    Let's hope the next is a winner!
    All the best, Ckay - See more at: http://downhomedesserts.blogspot.ch/2014/03/rolled-buttermilk-scones-tuesdays-with.html#sthash.VXsGyI2w.dpuf

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  3. Your scones look great, the rolls have kept their shape, nice!!!
    I don't know if I made something wrong, but I found mine a bit buttery!!! I have to compare with an other recipe!! I'm not very accustomed with scones.

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  4. Your scones still looked great, I didn't bother with the roll so just cut the scones into triangles.

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  5. Great scones with the candied peels. This was my first time baking scones so I did not have anything to go by. I liked them and mine took 20 minutes to bake.

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  6. They look beautiful and delicious!

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  7. I love the candied citrus! Great idea! I did add a bit more buttermilk to my batch.... Yours look great.

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  8. Candied citrus sounds lovely! We also loved the spiral shape - my hubby told me to make all scones that shape for now on!

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  9. Your rolled scones are beautiful! I chickened out and made the traditional version, but they were yummy!

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  10. Your spirals look lovely baked! I am jealous of your work space and the natural light!

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  11. Beautiful scones! And I love, love, love your work table. The pic of it is wonderful. I have a bench knife (I call it a pastry cutter) and don't know how I could ever live without it now!! :)

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  12. Nice that you tried the rolled scones. I stuck with wedges. I agree with you about the bench knife, too - I use it for all sorts of things in the kitchen.

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  13. Sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the recipe that much... Thank you for sharing the description of your work table. I feel so cozy every time I visit your blog!

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  14. The light at your work area is really lovely.

    Yes, I am very over winter & anything freshly baked with a cup of hot tea is just the thing right about now...

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  15. I didn't enjoy this recipe that much either ... but at least they do look great.
    Let's hope the next is a winner!

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