Unexpected guests; do not panic!
That’s my first piece of advice.
My second is: Always keep self rising flour and low-fat (2%) evaporated milk on hand. If you do, homemade scones are only 20 minutes away from emerging hot and crusty from your oven. Think:
- Cranberry Eggnog Scones
- Double Chocolate Scones
- Rosemary Herb Scones
- Cheddar Cheese Scones
- Cornmeal Cracked Pepper Scones
The original recipe for Paisley’s Whipping Cream Biscuits in Relish magazine; it’s just self-raising flour plus cream. That’s it!
I’ve made all the above versions and since I usually add at least one additional ingredient, I call them 3-Ingredient Scones.
Why are they biscuits instead of scones? Because I’ve never had good luck rolling them out and cutting with a biscuit cutter as the original recipe suggests. The dough is just too sticky. Instead, I just plop the big blob of dough onto parchment paper, spread it into a 10-inch round, and score into eight scone wedges with a serrated knife. Here are the basic ingredients for the five new scone flavors:
- Cranberry Eggnog Scones: Self-rising flour + eggnog + nutmeg + dried cranberries
- Triple Chocolate Scones: Self-rising flour + whole chocolate milk + 1 tablespoon cocoa powder + chocolate chips + turbinado sugar sprinkled on top
- Rosemary Herb Scones: Self-rising flour + 2% evaporated milk + 1/2 tsp dried/fresh rosemary + 1/2 tsp thyme
- Cheddar Cheese Scones: Self-rising flour + 2% evaporated milk + 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- Cornmeal Cracked Pepper Scones: Self-rising flour + 2% evaporated milk + 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper + shredded Parmesan cheese on top; bake on stone-ground cornmeal dusted parchment paper
These recipes are interchangeable too; for example, the Rosemary Herb Scones could be doctored to include the black pepper and the shredded Parmesan from the Cornmeal Cracked Pepper Scones. Oh, and one more thing, you might need this if you find yourself without self-rising flour:
How to Make Self-Rising Flour: For each cup of all-purpose flour, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Now, please enjoy your guests (and impress the heck out of them) with freshly baked scones.
What do you prepare for last minute guests? Please share…we all need a little help this time of year!