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These Lavender Scones Were Brought to You By Being Totally Prepared for an EBS (Emergency Baking Situation)


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 San Diego, CA.  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 my attempt at 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. 

Making due without my round biscuit cutter is just about as roughing it as I get.

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!

Lavender Scones
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 index finger 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.

14 thoughts on “These Lavender Scones Were Brought to You By Being Totally Prepared for an EBS (Emergency Baking Situation)

  1. Ugh termites, like cockroaches but bigger and scarier! Hate them :/
    So sorry you had to move out! But obviously your EBS was a great idea! These scones look incredible 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. I love that you packed an emergency baking box! Enjoy your view Geni and good luck with the pesky critters. 🙂

  3. Gorgeous scones and lovely view.

    I can’t say I’m into camping but since I was camping over the weekend, I can’t say it is against my religion. Saying that, I only camp once every 2 years due to an adored festival that happens once every 2 years.

    If I were homeless due to termites and there was a beach house calling, you can bet that I wouldn’t be camping either!

    This is a great accidental recipe. This would make a great addition to Our Growing Edge this month. More info here: http://bunnyeatsdesign.com/our-growing-edge/ and here: http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=354765

  4. What a adorable story to go with the seductive scones! They are enchanting!

  5. Eeeeek! That sucks about the termites. Hopefully they get rid of every single one of the suckers. At least you were able to make the most of things by making these incredible scones. Dang they look ah-may-zing!

  6. I’m with you on the camping thing. Those scones look delicious. Definitely will try your recipe! Thanks.

  7. Remember most of the best dishes are created either by emergency or accident.
    This is one of those dishes 🙂

  8. What yummy, yummy looking scones!

  9. Reblogged this on Food-Enjoy and commented:
    Wow these look amazing. I love to bake and will have to try and whip up some really soon. Enjoy

  10. LOL! I love your sense of humor and writing style almost as much as I love these scones. Boy do they look amazing and so sweet and tender. Incredible

  11. I never liked scones, they always looked dry until I tried a scone with clotted cream at a tea-house recently now I am hooked. I hope to try your recipe soon, I especially love the touch of lavender as I like my scones simple and not overloaded with fillings. It is so hard finding good quality cream in the states, but I will make a trip to a specialty store especially for this recipe, thank you and the pictures of the landscape are stunning!

  12. EBS, I love it! Beautiful photos, and these scones look absolutely scrumptious – wow!!

  13. Lovely! Never had a lavender scone, though have enjoyed it in a number of other guises. Sounds delicious!

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