Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tea Towel Scones


Over the summer I found this cute Susan Branch tea towel at an antique mall. Are you familiar with her work? She has designed everything from rubber stamps and stickers to a great new line of fabric with teapot and teacup motifs, but the tea towel was an inexpensive way to start my Susan Branch collection.

Recently, I paused to actually read the recipe for "Sweet Scones" and was surprised to see that the sweetener is actually maple syrup! Since I love the combination of maple and pecans, this sounded like the perfect -- and easy -- fall scone recipe.

So, I whipped up the recipe, substituting buttermilk for the cream, since I rarely have cream on hand unless I'm planning to do a lot of baking. I didn't brush them with egg (I don't really like for my scones to "shine"), and I find cut-out scones too much trouble, but the recipe was a perfect fit for my 16-scone mini-scone pan from Williams-Sonoma. These took about 10 minutes to mix, 15 minutes to bake, and voila, perfect scones. I made these as treats to take to an event tonight, and of course had to sample. Yummy, and easy!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a terrific find, Angela!! You must be Irish, as you certainly have the luck of one! Would you, could you, find some time to share this recipe with all of us? It sounds delicious! Susan T.

parTea lady said...

I do like her style. I have her stickers with the same images that are on your tea towel. Thanks for mentioning her new fabric line. I love to collect fabric with tea motifs.

Real maple syrup is on my list for the next trip to BJ's. Scones with maple syrup and pecans sound yummy.

Angela McRae said...

Hi Susan T.! I actually scanned that middle picture at a high resolution so that if you double-click on it, you can actually read the recipe straight off the tea towel! Happy baking!

Southern Touch Catering said...

Those sound so good. Thanks for sharing the info on Susan's new line. I'll be looking for it.

Come visit my blog sometime Angela- I finally have one up and running thanks to you and other's inspirations!

Steph said...

You are a MAGNET for tea things!

Carol said...

I love all things written and illustrated by Susan Branch, but especially when she writes about TEA. I have many of her beautiful and inspiring books, and most of them dedicate at least one or two pages to various themes relating to tea. Her website is delightful as well. Check it out if you get a chance:
http://susanbranch.com

Frivolitea said...

The tea towel is adorable. I too like Susan Branch illustrations. And the scones sound delicious!

Tea Time With Melody said...

I to have a tea towel with a scone recipe from the Waldorf. I have yet to try it but you give me hope that it will actually taste good. It has a ton of ingredients, scary. I really enjoy your blog and I have something I'd like to share with you, please stop by and pick it up.

Carol said...

Angela, I know this is an older post, and maybe you won't even see this, but I have a question. (Always!)
I was in my local mall this past weekend and ran into the Williams-Sonoma store real quick to see if they had the scone pan you mentioned. (I had agreed with what you said about liking scones, but not wanting the trouble of having to make cut-outs in dough.) I was happy to find they had the pan, and snapped it up quickly. But when I got home, I noticed the recipe for scones that came with the pan said to roll out the dough and use cutters to make scones! It sounded like you skipped that step--am I right? Can I just pour the batter, as is--right into the 16 mini scone cups? Or do I have to roll out the dough and cut triangles and then place them in?
Oh, the complexities of life! :)

Angela McRae said...

Hi Carol, and I'm quite happy to answer the question when I know the answer! You are correct: I totally skip the cutting-out-the-scones step and simply scoop the dough into more or less equal portions right in the 16 sections of the pan. Oh, and I do spray it with cooking spray first, which makes them come out cleanly. You will LOVE your new pan!

Carol said...

Angela,thanks so much for answering my question about the scones. You are an absolute PEACH! I feel so lucky to have stumbled across your tea blog, because ever since, I try to check it daily, and have gleaned a lot of info there! I know I will love my new scone pan, just as I love all the other items/ideas you have enabled me with! Thanks so much for this tea blog, and all you do!