Succulent Storm Scones

Well, the Boston area survived Hurricane Sandy with minimal damages and just spotty power outages, unlike New Jersey and New York which still resemble Venice.  We lost power for just a few hours when a transformer blew up down the street but lucked out because it happened pre-storm so the work crews were just hanging around looking for something to fix.  Today we’re just starting in on a very bitterly cold Nor’Easter that’s already causing accidents everywhere with winds that should be picking up later tonight.

The storm that I am most happy to have behind us though is the election!  Seriously, did anyone enjoy any of that?  I think it got to the point where no one even cared who won – just get it over, stop the ads and stop the endless phone calls.  For those of you overseas, we do have a “Do Not Call List” but conveniently politicians exempted themselves from that restriction.  To all politicians:  Do you REALLY thing that annoying me on the phone is going to make me vote FOR you or perhaps vote for the person who leaves me in peace?  Believe me if we weren’t in a dead spot for cell phone reception, we would have gotten rid of the landline long ago – 8 to 10 calls every day for the past 2 months is a bit much and frankly didn’t influence my decision in any way.  It was nice hearing from Bill Clinton though – glad you’re doing well.  Frankly I thought Pat Boone was dead, but guess he’s still “writing love letters in the sand” and thoughtfully called me.

The one call I really did appreciate though was from Matt Damon 

who not only urged me to vote but left a phone number for me to call if I needed a ride. I didn’t call him yesterday, but thought I might give him a call today to see if he wanted to go for a drive and hang out a bit.  So, now that the phones are quiet today I can finally concentrate on completing a sentence and would like to convince you to vote for whipping up a batch of these excellent scones.  Up until I found this recipe, I’d only tried a scone once in my life and wasn’t sure if I was eating a dog biscuit or a hockey puck.  These are unbelievably moist and you can add any type of fruit or nut to make your mouth happy.

CREAM SCONES

2 ½     Cups flour
2          Teaspoons baking powder
1          Teaspoon baking soda
½         Cup sugar
1           Stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter (cold, cut into pieces)
½         Cup sour cream
¼         Cup heavy cream
1          Egg
Chopped pecans
Blueberries

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar in mixer or food processor bowl.  Add in pieces of butter until mixture is crumbly.  Mix in sour cream and egg, then pour heavy cream on top and blend until dough becomes sticky.  Add nuts and blueberries by hand.

Lay parchment paper on baking sheet and place scone mixture in the middle, smoothing it out until it’s about 1 or 1 1/4″ thick.  Bake in preheated 400° oven for about 30 minutes or until top is golden & toothpick comes clean.