Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Lemon & Cardamom Scones

Just like chocolate balls, scones are another thing every young Swede gets to bake in home economics, and is very popular as breakfast bread among my friends. It is, however, almost completely unheard of among everyone I've met so far in Germany. They haven't even heard the name, let alone tasted or baked one, which I find a bit funny since it's so common back home. I just assumed it was popular everywhere, but I guess I was wrong. Pity, though, since scones are so easy to make, and almost impossible to fail with.

I have two defaults when it comes to scones--regular ones and whole-wheat ones. I've made both a million times, and I don't even bother measuring the ingredients anymore because I already know how the dough is supposed to feel and behave. Comforting as it is to be able to produce delicious scones while blindfolded and with one arm tied behind my back, I'm beginning to feel like experimenting. This wasn't really a conscious decision, the thought just came to me one morning that I wanted to make scones flavoured with lemon zest and cardamom seeds.

So I did.

They were delicious.

Lemon & Cardamom Scones

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550 ml wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
50 g butter, cubed
zest from one lemon
1 tsp cardamom seeds, finely ground
200 ml milk, yoghurt or sour cream

Pre-heat oven to 250 C.
Sift together all dry ingredients.
Add butter and incorporate well using the tips of your fingers or a fork until the mixture is crumbly.
Add the fluid and mix together--the dough will probably be a bit sticky, but that's okay.
Divide dough into 6-8 parts and roll into buns. Place on a baking sheet and prick them lightly with a fork.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serve with orange marmalade, or lemon curd.

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Next time, I think I'll try a nutty scone.
(That should pair nicely with my even nuttier boyfriend, right?)

6 comments:

Micke said...

Sounds absofreakinlutely delicious. Makes me want to go OM NOM NOM.

del said...

I resent the implication that I am nuts, the correct term is "delusional".

Anonymous said...

This is the kind of scones recipe I have been looking for and never found before.I made them yesterday and they were so delicious.

Kevin said...

Those scones look good. I have been enjoying cardamom lately.

Anonymous said...

hello! i just bought an enormous jar of cardamom for an indian inspired dish, and now i have no idea how to use the rest of it. i found your blog and recipe for the scones. my question is this, where you call for 1 tsp of cardamom seeds ground, would the already ground stuff be measured the same way? i think as i write this i already know the answer. but thank you for posting this.

Angelica said...

Pre-ground cardamom will have lost a lot of its flavour and aroma, so you will need to up the dosage. Good luck!