Monday, May 6, 2013

A Game of Scones

When you play the game of scones, you win or you die.  There is no middle ground.

Inspired by the books "A Song of Ice and Fire" and the HBO series "A Game of Thrones," we bring you a culinary twist for your imagination: A Song of Spice and Fire. 

Together through the bond of sisterhood, but separate through differences in age and physical distances, we five sisters of the House Cook have joined our forces to create this adventure in the world of cooking. Every few days we will share recipes, decor and tools for your kitchen, and a healthy heaping of humor to lighten your day. Because days need lightening. Lunch has been long and comfortable and monotonous ... but, my friends, dinner is coming. 

A Game of Scones

Whether you prefer the bitter-sweet crimson of cranberries, the sugar-capped goodness of chocolate chips, or the tang of cinnamon-covered raisins, these scones will suit your palette. But once you pick, you can never go back. Choose your side. Are you brave enough to play the game of scones?

broadsword and berries

Prep time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes
Makes 36 scones


4 cups of flour
½ cup of sugar
4 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of salt
½ cup of soft butter or margarine
1 ½ cup buttermilk
1 cup craisins (dried cranberries), chocolate chips, or raisins     

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F
  2. Next, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt
  3. Cut in your soft butter or margarine (Tip: Grate the butter and then fold it gently into the dry ingredients for easier mixing)

4. Slowly pour in the buttermilk while stirring. Still too dry and not mixing well? Feel free to add a tiny splash or two more of buttermilk.

5. Knead the dough together then divide into three equal sized balls.

6. Clear a large space and cover in flour.

7. Roll out the first ball of dough and lay craisins across it. Gently press them into the dough. Then roll the dough up, with the craisins inside. Knead again. Roll out dough to ½ inch thickness.

8. Cut using a cup or something else round with at least a 4-inch diameter (We use the lid of a Lemonade powder container. It’s a great upcycle that works perfectly). Using a table knife, cut the circles into quarters – this is easiest if you dip the knife in flour first.

9. Cover a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and lay the scones on it. Lightly brush with milk and sprinkle each scone with a little sugar.

10. Place baking sheet in the oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the tops of the scones are golden brown.

11. Repeat steps 7-11 for raisins and chocolate chips.

For a gorgeous and tasty finishing touch, after baking, sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the raisin scones, or powdered sugar over the chocolate chip scones. 

To make the cinnamon sugar, make a simple mixture that's 1 part cinnamon and 4 parts sugar. Stir it up and dust it on.

This recipe makes quite a few scones. You may surprised how many. There’s so many, you can even throw them at each other!

 Let the games begin…

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