I was really excited to see this week's Tuesdays with Dorie pick! Patricia of Life with a Whisk chose one of my favorite recipes in the book--Oatmeal Nutmeg Scones. This recipe is a good example of why I love to bake and why I love Dorie's books. One of the best things about her books is that she gives so much more than just recipes. I love reading all of the stories and tips that she puts in the headnotes. And almost every recipe includes one or more variations to "play around" with. I love playing around. =)
The first time I made this recipe was not long after I got my copy of Baking From My Home to Yours and joined the group. While unofficial, it appears to have been the sixth recipe I made from the book. My first attempt is shown here, from way back in March 2008. That was the first time, but there have been many more since. My girls especially like it when I make them with chocolate chips. My favorite variation has probably been the cinnamon chip ones. Besides the chips, I also used white whole wheat flour in place of some of the all-purpose. There have been times when I didn't have buttermilk, so I substituted yogurt. And while the version in the book is plain, we almost always top our scones with something, either coarse sugar or most often glaze.
The glaze came in handy when I made the scones this morning. I decided that I was going to make them again just for this post, and was going to go back to the original recipe. It wasn't until I was looking at some of the comments on the Leave Your Links page that I realized that I'd never tried the Playing Around idea for this recipe. My girls love "dried plums" so that sounded like a great addition. But I was so busy snipping up prunes with my kitchen shears and supervising Gillian as she mixed the dry ingredients that I totally forgot to add the nutmeg! Glaze to the rescue--I grated the nutmeg into some powdered sugar, added a bit of vanilla, and added enough milk for a thick glaze.
One more thing--besides the variations in ingredients, I found it interesting that I've changed one other thing over time as I've played with this recipe. In the first post mentioned above, I used volume measurements for the ingredients, same as in the book. By the second post, I'd switched to using weights, in ounces. Here's the latest incarnation of the ingredient list...
Oatmeal Nutmeg Scones
1 large egg
115 grams cold buttermilk
225 grams all-purpose flour
135 grams rolled oats
70 grams vanilla sugar (or just regular)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (unless you forget)
140 grams cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
dried plums (I forgot to weigh them)
Oh, and the verdict? I really enjoyed these with the prunes. Gillian did as well, after she got over her disappointment at the lack of chocolate chips. =) They were well-received at work, too. I'm sure I'll make these many more times, and who knows what other variations we'll try.
If you'd like to make these for yourself, you can find the recipe on Patricia's blog. And to see what everyone else did with these scones, check out the Links!