These pictures are lascivious. I know. How could I photograph these irresistible sweet and floral lavender scones with the blue Pacific peeking from behind and not invite you to stay? It seems rather rude to taunt you like this, but I was never in the running for the Ms. Manners’ title anyway so I am not terribly concerned.
We have been forced out of our house for a few days since termites have apparently taken up residence and we kindly (or not so kindly) have requested they vacate the premises. Luckily for us, we were able to flee to a borrowed house by the beach and relax in the warm San Diego sunshine. Stop rolling your eyes. I am not the roughing it kind. I just wasn’t made that way.
You and I have been friends for a little while now and if we are going to continue our friendship, you should know a few things about me. I don’t camp. I like to tell people it’s against my religion, but truthfully I don’t know of any religion that is specifically opposed to camping. I believe the great outdoors should be experienced beach side, pool side or in a cabana somewhere with a Mai Tai close at hand; Not among the bugs, dirt and “the elements”. Yes, I am high maintenance and I am totally OK with that. I also have a lot of good traits but these mostly center around baking and being “Super Mom” to my two kids and dog. That’s pretty much all I’m goin’ for.
While in the midst of crazily packing all food products to go for the “The Great Termite Depletion”, I did something smart. Don’t act so surprised…it happens now and then or at least once before—I am sure. I decided to pack one large box of baking supplies all together and keep it in the trunk of my car incase an emergency baking situation (EBS) arose. Hasn’t that happened to you? Were you ever unexpectedly called upon to bake something immediately, and were caught with your apron down so to speak or without any reasonable baking ingredient what-so-ever? Well, I was not going to let THAT happen to me this weekend.
And it was very good that I did pack my magic box of baking supplies because I did indeed have an EBS. I became inspired by the Keyscreek Lavender Farm that we toured and found myself purchasing organic culinary lavender and lavender jelly. The lavender literally jumped off of the shelf and into my bag and later started hollering at me the next morning begging, literally begging to be used. Lavender scones would be perfect…the absolute best solution ever to my EBS, and, sure enough, I hoisted the magic baking box up the stairs to the kitchen and whipped up some of these babies.
They were everything I had dreamed of when I envisioned making the scones. They’re soft inside, with just a lightly crispy outside coated in a delicate smattering of sugar and the two teaspoons of crushed lavender buds lend such a subtle complex and floral note that I have barely kept my hands and mouth off of them all day. I even had them on hand when we met friends at a museum today and was totally prepared for a ESS (emergency snacking situation), but that is another story. I hope you get a chance to make these beauties. You will surely impress guests who stop by if there are any left after breakfast!
Recipe accidentally invented by me (that’s a long story)
2 c. of all purpose flour
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 T. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
2 t. crushed dried culinary lavender buds (I minced them and then crumbled them in between my thumb and finer to get the lavender fairly fine)
1 1/2 sticks very cold unsalted butter cubed (3/4 c.)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c.+ 2 T. cold milk (cream is great too but I wanted to slim these up just a tad)
To make the scones: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the dry ingredients from flour to lavender in a large mixing bowl and whisk to disperse. Cut your butter into 1/4 inch cubes (see above). Add butter to dry ingredients and crumble the mixture together with your fingers until the mixture resembles course clumps of flour and butter. See photo above. Add the beaten egg and the 1/2 c. milk (reserve 2 T. for later) and incorporate with a rubber spatula. Mix the dough together until it forms a ball and knead gently for about 30 seconds until your dough is relatively smooth and pliable.
On a floured pastry board, gently roll out the dough to a 3/4 thick circle. Cut out circles using a biscuit cutter or circle cookie cutter or simply use your measuring cup like I did above. Brush the tops of the scones with the left over 2 T. of milk and sprinkle each one with a pinch of granulated sugar. Place the scones on a cookie sheet, uncoated(no spray or butter please), and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden on the outside. Serve warm with butter, devonshire cream and or jelly. A hot cup of tea would do nicely too.
June 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm
Those look wonderful. Try to get to Hash House a Go Go for breakfast!
June 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm
We just have one more day, but I will try. I have heard that place is excellent for breakfast.
June 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm
Fantastic photo and scones! Love the lavender!
June 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm
If only breakfast could be eaten with that view everyday! I’m with you – no camping. Ever. This is a much more pleasant route to go. I’ve never cooked with lavender before, but I can only imagine how wonderful it both tastes and smells! This looks like a completely wonderful sensory experience!
June 27, 2011 at 8:04 am
I know…I wish I could take the view home with me or just stay here forever!
June 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm
Love lavenders… Those scones look marvelous! Beautiful clicks.
June 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm
Two things. One – camping sucks. I will never understand why people like it.
Two – these look amazing.
June 27, 2011 at 12:03 am
What a lovely read, thank you. As for the camping – I’m with you too. Your scones look perfect – throw in a cup of tea and I am a happy little “camper”.
June 27, 2011 at 1:34 am
We have a lot of lavander in our garden, looks like I have a use with it now apart from putting it in our pillows
June 27, 2011 at 1:39 am
The photos are so gorgeous and so are the scones! Way to make the best of a situation!
June 27, 2011 at 5:03 am
Ah Geni – this is why I love you! I hate camping just as much as you do and am so glad I’, not the only one who has experienced the EBS! Quick question though, I have been searching eveywhere for lavender jell and it apparently is not sold in Florida 😦 What store di dyou get yours from? Maybe I can order it online and it will ship to me. What do you think?
June 27, 2011 at 8:01 am
Hi Jill. You can buy the lavender jelly from the Keys Creek Farm https://www.keyscreeklavenderfarm.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.tpl&product_id=56&category_id=15&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=151&redirected=1&Itemid=151 It’s delicious! You may want to buy their culinary lavender as well for you cupcakes!:)
June 27, 2011 at 5:52 am
I’m SO with you. My idea of roughing it is staying at a less than lovely hotel. Sleep on the ground in a tent? Um. Are you crazy?
These scones look awesome. I just made some lemon rosemary scones, and I think I have a new breakfast addiction. Lavender? I’m going to need to make these immediately. 🙂
June 27, 2011 at 5:59 am
You and I must belong to the same religion because I do NOT camp either. I did it once and I froze and will never do it again.
We also belong to the same scone-loving religion. These look amazing!
And, yeah. EBS boxes. totally necessary for life.
June 27, 2011 at 6:16 am
I’m totally loving the backdrop. What a gorgeous location!
June 27, 2011 at 6:35 am
How awful for you to have to vacate your home and stay at this beach house! Jealous, yes I am!! And, yes of course, I would have packed up my baking or more like cooking supplies with me too! I’ve done some personal chef cooking, so I have a container ready to go of supplies!! I’ve not baked with dried lavender, I’m looking forward to try this.
June 27, 2011 at 7:50 am
I love it when other people agree with me about camping. So many of my friends ONLY do camping vacations. I like to say that Motel 6 is my version of camping.
The scones look great! I’ll have to remember to bring baking supplies on my next vacation just in case I have an EBS. 🙂
June 27, 2011 at 7:50 am
Lavender and the ocean…2 of my favorite things! I’m wishing I had one of these babies with my tea for breakfast. What a beautiful location to spend a few days away from the house! Lucky you. 😉
June 27, 2011 at 8:03 am
I had NO IDEA how many like minded “non campers” there are out there! 🙂
June 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Oh what I wouldn’t give for one of these scones…and I am totally with you on the camping..
Bugs and elements and roughing it is not my cup of tea
June 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm
What beautiful scones. It’s always best to be prepared for those emergencies!
June 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm
Lol, I’m not the roughing it kind either! (But a house on the beach I could totally do. 😉 ) Love the look of these beautiful scones!
June 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm
Of course you know I’m not a bread eater, but these scones look delicious. I;m thinking of these with some fresh fruit. Very nice Geni
June 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Lavender scones, oh boy! Never tried those before, but they sound fantastic. I love that you made these while overlooking the ocean. Rough life, huh? 😉
June 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Well, I mean, I guess the part of being forced out of your house isn’t so great, but looks like you had a lovely place to stay in the meantime!
June 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Lol! You crack me up. I am definitely not a ‘roughing it’ kinda person either. But I’m also not a EBS person. I’m glad you were prepared, though. Those scones look tasty!
June 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm
Ha! Love that you packed a baking box to take with you….that is so awesome! Like your style on the “biscuit cutter”….Gorgeous shot of water…(don’t you love SD?!) Scones look delicious. xo
June 28, 2011 at 10:54 am
Scones are my love, but I think you know that already. I need to give these a try next time I grab lavender from the market! Is it possible that you were baking outside, as it appears in the pics? Is it possible for me to be any more jealous? 🙂
June 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm
I did not actually bake outside, but the kitchen does have that view. I just liked the natural lighting outside for my scones, although it was a bit overcast.
June 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm
I love how you are roughing it, it’s beautiful! And even nicer to have such delicious treats with such a gorgeous view.
June 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm
I would love to be roughing it right now because your idea of roughing it is just the way I envision it! 🙂
Your lavender scones sound heavenly! I’ve never made scones before, but I’ve made lavender yeast rolls and love it…especially with butter and honey. 🙂
Believe me, I’d definitely get into an emergency snacking situation with these yummy scones around! 🙂
June 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm
Sorry to hear of your termite troubles. Those scones look wonderful and I bet it was so fun visiting a lavender farm. I keep trying to “make” myself more of an outdoors person but we went on a nature adventure and I got covered in chigger bites so now I am remembering why I love the great indoors so much 🙂 But, that beach does look inviting!
June 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm
I’m high fivin’ ya from half way across the country…I don’t rough it, either. To be in a kitchen without any biscuit cutters is tough enough! Your scones look amazing…and I’m not saying that just because the Pacific is in the background 🙂
June 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm
wow that looks good!
June 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm
I’ve been so wanting to bake with lavender. Last year I had a bunch that I cut from my mother-in-law’s garden but my husband insisted on throwing them out because they made him sneeze. I’ve got to try to sneak some in the house this summer.
June 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm
There’s nothing more comfroting than homemade scone, great job
June 29, 2011 at 2:31 am
I’ve always wanted to make lavendar scones, my neighbor grows lavendar in her garden and uses it in baking all the time. I love your “EBS” comment! Sounds like you are an amazing mom! I too don’t like camping out doors, I guess you can say I’m high maintance too!
June 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm
These lavender scones are looking delicious! I can eat them the whole day! Never used lavender jelly in anything…now I am tempted! Thanks for the recipe, dear!
June 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm
It looks delicious and love the view of the ocean. It’s a good thing that you could escape to a house with a view and not having to stay at a hotel somewhere in town.
June 30, 2011 at 10:40 am
oh my! these do look incredible! I can smell them from here!
June 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm
Your scones are BEAUTIFUL! My boyfriend would die if I made these for him for brunch..thanks for sharing the recipe..
July 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm
Omg..what a fun vacation..love love the setting and the baking that came along.I am yet to try lavender. These scones look so so good and flaky..m making them soon
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