Monday, November 30, 2009

Swirled Nutella Scones

"Bread Alone' by Judith Ryan Hendricks is a powerful story where Bread plays a strong yet silent role.I had never heard of this book unless it was chosen by BookClub.I was so moved by some of the reviews that I had read on the net and had purchased the book online.The book was very worth the money spent on it or whatever way you look at it.The story of Wynter and how she cops with her divorce,mother's marriage etc is very gripping.

Foodwise there are a lot of references and some recipes that interest us.Now while reading the book,I never keep a note of the food references it has and especially with this one,I was fully into the life of Wynter that I forgot that I have to post something based on it yesterday.But somehow,I pulled myself and prepared these quick scones using Nutella .Why scones? - B'Coz scones are the first thing that Wynter eats when she visits Queen Street Bakery along with her friend CM.Why nutella? - Wynter takes a bite of cappuccino hazelnut scones while talking about her woes. and since I was too lazy to shell hazelnut I decided to take short cut using Nutella.But ofcourse,you can expect coffee-hazelnut scones and some others here in a short time.

I have used the normal scone recipe that I adapted from 'Joy of Baking' for my Jelly Filled Scones. Only thing new I have tried is rolling the scone dough spread with nutella and then baking them.The scones come out within a short time and are also gone in a shorter time.

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 1 cup
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Sugar: 2 tbsp +
Salt: a pinch

Cold Unsalted Butter: cubed: 2 tbsp

Milk: 1/4 - 1/2 cup


Nutella : 1/4 cup +

Preparation:
In a bowl,whisk together,flour,baking powder,sugar and salt.Cut in cold butter and pinch and fluff so that the mix resembles coarse sand.Add in 1/4 cup of milk and combine gently to form a dough adding tablespoonful of milk as needed.It took me around 7 tbsp.

When I had made my jelly scones,I had replaced one egg in that with ground flax seed and had used around 1/4 cup of milk.This time I avoided the flax and have used extra milk.If interested use an egg or Vegan egg and mix with 2 tbsp of milk and then add it to the flour,and then combine to form a dough.

Once a dough starts forming,put it on a lighlty floured surface and knead it gently for few time and then pat it into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle.You can roll it out if you like,but too much pressure can toughen the scones.

Spread nutella on the rectangle leaving free a little of the borders.


Roll the rectangle starting from the longest side and form a log.Pinch the seam and optionally seal the edges.I did not do that.Cut the log into pieces possibly of equal size or as you wish.Lay the scones in a greased baking dish.

Bake at 200C/ 400F for 12-16 minutes until browned.My tops did not brown,but the bottoms did. Serve them warm optionally with more nutella if you like.

Now the scone were made quickly and were gone more quickly than expected.But I found that the dough was not as sweet as expected.I had used barely 1.5 tbsp of sugar in it as I thought I could compensate with nutella,but since the dough was crumbly,I used barely 1/4 cup of nutella as I did not want the dough to fall apart.So the edge scones -first and the last portions of the log- were not that sweet.Also the top of the scones did not brown that well -may be because I used only milk.But these were good for a hearty bite especially when warm and all you want to do curl up with a book shutting yourself from the world.

Lets see what other members made inspired from 'Bread Alone' :
Simran used Ms Tippity and gave us a sourdough bread while Janaki, the newest member, though not so taken in by the story still baked a whole wheat bread.

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