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REC: Cream Scones with kumquat curd

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Posted to Thread #62 at 2:49 am on Jul 23, 2009

I can't even describe how wonderful these are! The others I have posted (made with buttermilk) are delicious, too, but these have such a delicate texture. Brackets are around my own notes.

Cream Scones
(from Cook's Illustrated)

2 cups flour
1 tbl. baking powder
3 tbl. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
5 tbl. butter, chilled, cut in small cube
1/2 cup currants [or 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips]
1 cup heavy cream

Heat oven to 425 deg. Line baking sheet with parchment.
Put flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in food processor and pulse to combine. Distribute butter evenly over flour mixture and pulse with 1-second pulses. [not, I do not use a food processor so I do it in a mixing bowl with pastry blender].

Pour cream over, add either the currants or chocolate chips [I MUCH prefer the chips], and pulse until it starts to gather together.

Transfer to counter and knead about 5-10 seconds. Pat into an 8" round and cut into 8 wedges. Place wedges on parchment. Bake 12-15 min. until done.

Lemon Curd (Kumquat version)

Makes 1-3/4 to 2 cups

5 tbl. butter
2/3 cup lemon juice [or 1 cup kumquats - that's about 5-1/2 ounces, plus 1/2 cup orange juice]
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
4 egg yolks
1-1/2 tbl. grated lemon peel, yellow part only

If using kumquats, stem and seed them then whirl them with the sugar in a food processor until smoothly pureed. In a 10-12 skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and add lemon juice (or kumquat puree and orange juice), sugar, whole eggs, egg yolks, and peel. Stir with a whisk to blend well, then return to low heat and stir until mixture thickly coats a metal spoon (8-10 minutes). Pour into small jars; let cool; then cover tightly and refrigerate. This can be kept in the fridge about 2 weeks.


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