I love summer and it’s hard to believe that it’s moving along as fast as it is. This photo of Grandma and Grandpa was taken in the summertime, and might have been the summer of 1936 – the year before they were married. That was a hot one! Any time they show heat records during the summer, it seems like it was the year 1936. I remember reading somewhere that it was the hottest summer on record. They must have been more used to heat than we are now! I’m sure there wasn’t any AC, so there had to be a lot of sweating going on, and a lot of fanning with hand-held fans. Of course, we happen to live in the land of 10,000 lakes, so we know that people would have been in a lake if they could.
Lots of us do head out to the lake in the summer, or head out to visit family or friends, or head out on vacation. If you’re looking for something easy and absolutely delicious to take along with you to share, this recipe for Poppy Seed Scones is perfect! I think this recipe originally came from an old Martha Stewart magazine years ago and it’s still on the website today! It’s always nice to make things that can be ready ahead of time, and these can be ready the night before you want to bake them. If you’re off on an adventure, you can have the two parts mixed up and ready to go, and then take them with you! Oh boy – these are delicious!
Here is the recipe as I made it:
Poppy Seed Scones
Sift together in large bowl:
3 cups flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
zest of 1 lemon
Whisk together in a separate bowl:
1 large egg
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
Combine all ingredients with a few quick strokes.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured board and knead once or twice.
Pat out to 3/4″ thick and cut into rounds using a 3″ cutter.
Reroll scraps and cut again until used up.
Place scones a few inches apart on a greased baking sheet.
Sprinkle with sugar (I brushed on a little milk and then the sugar to help it stick better).
Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
You can get these ready the night before by mixing the dry ingredients and the liquid ingredients separately. Refrigerate the liquids. When ready to bake, combine the two.
The only thing I’m not sure about doing the night before is the melted butter. I’d maybe wait to melt it the next morning.
Combine the ingredients – they don’t have to be too combined. The kneading brings it all together nicely.
The recipe says to roll out and cut them out with a cutter, which is great, but I like to do it this way because it’s easy – pat it into a circle about 1/2″ thick and cut them into wedges.
On to the baking sheet . . .
. . . then brush with a little milk or cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar. This step is not necessary, but the little crystals of sugar are so pretty!
Here they are – ready for breakfast, a snack, or your afternoon coffee or tea! They are so beautiful!
I brought this batch of scones on one of our adventures to my mom’s house. They were delicious warm with butter and a bit of homemade blueberry jam. The lemon and poppy seeds paired with the jam was amazingly delicious. Bring these with you on your next adventure – even if you bake them before you go, your hosts will invite you back again!!