“ugly” blueberry scones

This is the name my grandfather has dubbed my blueberry scones. They are a kind of gray-blue color, and lumpy looking. But OH SO GOOD! I love how he said it to me “They are tasty, but man are they ugly!”
and I agreed!
Meanwhile ugly or not, the 2 dozen I made on christmas morning for my whole large family disappeared before I even had a chance to get one. these are easy to make though, and so I make them often. Even my husband, who does not like blueberries fresh eats these up! they kind of taste like a blueberry pancake.

So here is the recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tbsp salted butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) -( i use frozen, after trying both frozen and fresh the scones are more moist and have a better flavor with the frozen. I was shocked!)

Preheat oven to 400(F). In a bowl, combine flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together. Cut butter into pieces. Add butter pieces to dry mixture. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, incorporate butter pieces until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.(i use my fingers its easier)
In a separate bowl combine egg, 2/3 cup buttermilk and vanilla. Add blueberries to dry mixture. Carefully coat blueberries with dry mixture. This will also prevent blue “bleed.” Create a well in the center of mixture. Add buttermilk mixture all at once to the well. Carefully combine, just until moistened. (mine “bleed” but that’s what makes them ‘ugly’ and taste good too)

Here is where I divert from the recipe: I spray the tinfoil covered cookie sheet with PAM and then I use a 1/4 measuring cup and spoon out the batter on to a cookie sheet covered in tinfoil. If you forget to spray it its nota big deal. Sometimes I sprinkle sugar on the tops of the scones but thats about it. I didn’t notice a difference between brushing buttermilk on top of the scones or not, so I usually skip that.

The blog that posted the originals has pictures, which is helpful! again here is the recipe: http://www.averagebetty.com/recipes/buttermilk-blueberry-scones-recipe/

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ugly and yummy

Berry Fun

We went blueberry picking over the weekend. Not only was it a fun family day out but we came home with some extremely delicious berries! It was a whole family outing, Matt came with us even though he doesn’t like blueberries! It was so much fun… we went with 2 other families, and all our kids are friends. Dorothy loved running through the bushes hunting for blue berries and not pink ones. She did fall once and spill out her berries, which we then filled up again – really fast!

She also ate more blueberries then she picked. So did I. I think everyone just about filled up on berries, except for Matt and Eleanor.

Ellie didn’t want to remain in the carrier. All she wanted to do was keep an eye on her sister and her sister’s friends, as they where having so much fun. Matt and I took turns holding Ellie and the container for berries while one of us picked.We had a great time, it was a perfect outing. We ended the morning with lunch and ice cream from The Ice Cream Man. We LOVE the ice cream from there, I’ll brave a night of a stomach ache etc for their ice cream. (which they now sell at Coffee Planet in B’Spa!! It was so nice to sit outside on the black metal table and chairs and enjoy a ice cream cone and only have to spend 5 minuets in the car to get there and then home.)

Now I have a very large bag of frozen blueberries to sit next to my strawberries. I can’t wait to have them as another reminder of this past summer one cold snowy morning in December.

I was thinking of baking blueberry tofu pie, that my mom used to make and I remember loving (its been a long time since she made it) but Dorothy eat a large majority of the berries already, and I want to make smoothies with her with whats left over. We really only have enough left to make smoothies or just eat them… which ever comes first.