Sunday, December 7, 2008

Khalil's First Scones!

Khalil's mom brought him and his sister over to my apartment around noon, and once again I had a welcome opportunity to share my baking with Khalil. This time it was the ginger scones to which my friends and I have become so addicted.

We measured the ingredients and I showed Khalil how to cut in the butter with the pastry cutter. I emphasized that, just like with pie crust, the point is to agitate the shortening as little as possible. Likewise, that's why we used a fork to mix the cream into the dry ingredients for the scones! We separated the dough into two mounds, laid down some flour, flattened them out a bit with our hands and then a bit more with the rolling pin, patted them down with a layer of cream, sprinkled them with a little sugar, cut them into wedges, and put them onto buttered cookie sheets. Once the oven was preheated I put the sheets in and set the timer. Twenty minutes later we ate them with tea. As usual, the scones were a big hit.

Once again Khalil was proud to have been one of the chefs, and he was happy when I gave him a copy of the recipe to take home. If I remember correctly, he also discovered that he liked tea!


Anonymous said...

i liked to join you 2

savoy from skool

Hugh Yeman said...

Hi Savoy. Thanks for stopping in!

When I was young I played trumpet in school. One of the old songs our jazz band used to play was "Stompin' at the Savoy". The song is about dancing at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Have your parents told you about it?