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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Lemon-Ginger Almond Scones

At some point I'll be posting a recipe for real Irish scones that my aunt picked up on a trip to Ireland some years ago. She is an inveterate recipe swapper like her sister!

But for now I'd like to share a recipe I adapted for a party back in May. We were throwing a housewarming party for ourselves after moving into our new place around the corner from our old place. The menu was a bit eclectic: Grilled Thai Chicken in Peanut Sauce, Three Bean Asian Salad, and for dessert Lemon-Ginger Almond Scones.

I wanted something that was light and easy but reflected the tastes from the other dishes as well. So, I chose a plain scone recipe and added to it to get something with a nice citrus tartness and slight gingery bite with the wonderful smoky texture of the almonds.

It seemed to be a hit as I got a number of requests for the recipe after the party. I also used Mama's Lemon Glaze recipe (confectioner's sugar and lemon juice) to top the scones. Now, if you do that, remember that you need to use them or store them in an airtight container in the fridge so your glaze doesn't melt off in the heat and humidity and turn into concrete on the plate! But, I don't think you'll have to worry about storage with these - you won't have any left!

So, here we go: Lemon-Ginger Almond Scones

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon lemon flavoring
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup cream
1 egg
Handful sliced or chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix well. Cut in butter and shortening. In a separate bowl, combine cream with beaten egg and other wet ingredients then add to dry ingredients. Stir in almonds. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Roll dough out and cut into biscuit size rounds. (For parties I use a small wine glass to cut the scones... you can also cut into traditional triangles). Bake for 15 minutes or until brown. Let cool if you are going to glaze or ice them!

There you have it. A nice little recipe that's easy to make for a party or for afternoon tea. This recipe makes about a dozen (depending on how big you cut them).

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