Voiceless for Scones

Thursday, February 22, 2007



No, no, you read right. I am not speechless for scones, I am voiceless. Apparently there is a new strain of allergies out there that cause people's vocal cords to become so irritated that they become voiceless. Right this minute I am staring at a lovely cocktail of different medications supposed to make me feel better in the next 48 hours. In the meantime I am required not to talk...I am on voice rest until monday. You would think that such a situation would prevent me from eating or wanting to eat...Nope! Seems like my body has a way to accept food no matter how sick I am...Yippee!! I don't have much of an appetite actually but the only thing I wanted this morning was a fresh hot batch of scones... and I knew exactly where to get them.
I have fallen in love whith every scone recipe I have found in Dorie's book. They are so satisfying, tender and moist that they can make anybody feel better instantly.... B. provided me with a small pad on which to write so I would really follow the doctor's orders and I could only come up with "Mmm..Mmmm...Mmmm. Hands off!"

If you feel really bad, these will make you feel really good. That simple. They were delicious plain, still hot right out of the oven. They were even better with some Coconut Honey.

Toasted Almond Scones, adapted from Dorie Greenspan:

Makes 8 large

1 cup almonds, toasted
2 Tb. brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup cold heavy cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 Tb. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick, cold butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 400.
Finely grind the nuts in a food processor with the sugar.
Stir the egg, cream and buttermilk together.
Combine the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Add the butter and with your fingertips or a pastry blender mix the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture ressembles coarse crumbs.
Pour the liquid ingredients in the bowl and stir just until the dough comes together. I usually do everything by hand but you can use a fork.Gently and quickly knead the dough and turn it onto a floured board. Roll out the dough to about 1 inch thick and cut out desired shapes with a cookie cutter.
Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes.


How do I feel now? Better but quiet. All that silence...! I sure I am glad I have not lost my tastebuds!

21 comments:

Maria said...

I hope you feel better soon! I am sure the scones will help, they look delicious!

Brilynn said...

Oh Helene, with all the Dorie recipes you've posted, I may just have to try to seduce you too... Forget the Cream Puff...

Quellia said...

Oh no! I hope the cocktail works and makes you feel better soon! If not, try the cover cake and dig in! :-)

bea at la tartine gourmande said...

J'espere que ta voix va vite revenir. En attendant, mais que oui, j'en veux de ceux-la. Marrant, je feuilletais justement des bouquins hier pour voir si je ne trouverais pas une recette de scones ;-)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Oooo! I love these scones.
Voiceless is a really hard place to be, my kids always thought it was fun. Hope you are back to full voice soon.

Lis said...

Awww well yanno.. a voiceless week doesn't sound all too bad to me.. as long as my tastebuds were in working order, yes. =)

Scones look lovely - just like their baker!

xoxo

lili63 said...

Merci pour ton commentaire dans la Food box .
Je suis sur que la soupe soleil te permettra de recuperer ta voix .
Je pense que je vais te prendre ta recette de scones car les photos sont tres appetissantes .
Bon retablissement .

Susan said...

Coconut, honey, and almond sounds divine. I'd love one your scones right about now with a cup of tea.

I hope you're well soon!

Alison said...

Feel better Helene so you can come and bake some of these goodies in my kitchen! (Keep talking like that and you might just see a UHaul in front of your house! LOL)

Kristen said...

These scones look and sound amazing!

I hope your voice comes back soon. I'm sure my hubby would love a silent weekend :)

rob said...

Well, I hope you're feeling better. I think you're on the right track with those scones. The honey sounds great with the scones and even better for soothing your throat. Get well.

Scoutj said...

Oh I must make these. Do you by any chance have a recipe for cinnamon scones where you use the cinnamon chips? That's my favorite Whole Foods Scone..... YUM!

And the cake is gone. And I think my heiny is bigger. IT's YOUR fault! ;)

Scoutj said...

And feel better!!

Ivonne said...

They're beautiful. I want one.

Now.

Peabody said...

:( They say once you lose your voice when you are sick, you lose it everytime there after...that is always the case with me and my mom.
Your scones look like they can bring your voice back.

Laurie said...

This makes me so want a scone right now! I must crack that book open and try these! Yours look so good!

grignote et barbotine said...

Dès demain j'essaie.
Certains cherchent le parfait cookies, moi le parfait scone.
Je découvre ton blog il est extra je le mets dans mon netvibes pour ne pas te perdre...
Je peux mettre de la crème à la place du babeurre ?

Scoutj said...

The kids and I are going to make these today!

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