Scones have a special place in my heart. When I was in college, my roommate and I used to put off studying as long as possible by going to the student center, buying a big delicious scone (well, delicious for college food. . . .) and savoring it over soy chai lattes. After some people watching and a little girl talk, we’d eventually get in a little bit of work.
My other fond scone memory is one of the first trips that I took with my now husband to attend a family wedding. One of the most exciting things about a new relationship is that you finally have someone to bring to family events. After years of attending family functions solo, I was so happy when he came with me to a wedding in Santa Monica, California. One morning, we went to the most random little breakfast joint near our hotel to grab some coffee and a pastry. We had the most airy, amazing scone that I have ever tasted and we dubbed it “The Best Scone I Ever Ate”. The scone was studded with little sweet dark gems and we had no idea what they were. When we asked the barista, we were told that they were currants. In case you ever find yourself in Santa Monica, the name of the place is Cora’s Coffee Shoppe. Sometimes the most unassuming places end up being awesome 🙂
When I saw this recipe for currant cream scones in the New York Times, I knew I had to give it a try. I kept thinking of that scone in Santa Monica and also of the not as delicious, but equally comforting scones that my roommate and I would split in the student center. I was drawn to the short ingredient list, which is always a plus in my book. The result was a light, just-sweet-enough, slightly buttery treat that is perfect for an afternoon snack or even dessert.
A few notes about the recipe ~ if you find that the dough is not coming together, add a little more cream and that should help. If you don’t have a biscuit cutter, use a glass ~ that seemed to work fine for me! The author advises that the scones can be frozen and baked off later at 350 degrees for a few minutes, which is awesome. Who wouldn’t want fresh scones at the ready for any guests that may unpredictably pop in or a leisurely weekend breakfast?
If you are looking for a project to keep you busy or entertain your kids while they are out of school during this snow storm, this is the perfect treat for you! I hope you enjoy these currant cream scones!
On another note ~ I am so glad that my husband is home safe. It took him over 6 hours (with a 1 hour hiatus at Whole Foods) to get home yesterday from work. And we have been hearing some crazy stories ~ including some friends that didn’t get home until 5 AM!! I hope that everyone in Atlanta is safe and warm in their homes!!