The books I fondly remember from my childhood were all set in London or the English countryside. My mother would read these to me, unleashing her best British accent, and when we came across words or phrases that were unfamiliar to us (“spotted dick,” for example) we’d research each one. These stories always left me yearning to travel to England (which, in my teenage years, I got to do quite a few times). Life over there appeared to be so elegant, at least from the way it was portrayed in these books, and I loved everything about the culture. Nothing seemed more exciting than taking a trip to Harrods or as luxurious as afternoon tea and scones.
I can’t help but believe that these stories contributed to my love of baking scones (the American variety as well as the British). Funnily enough, I never liked tea as a kid and I didn’t start making scones until just a few years ago. But now that I have, I’ve become a little obsessed.
Making scones is a joyous, almost cathartic process. I’m sure some individuals take such pleasure in baking cakes or tarts, and, don’t get me wrong, I like to make them every once in a while, but I find it leaves me a little stressed out. Scones, however, are quick and easy and making them, slowly drizzling in the cream and working with your hands to gently knead them, is a great way to soothe the soul. Oh, and scones contain the very best ingredients: butter, sugar, cream, some flour… and whatever mix-ins you feel like throwing in.
Now, here’s my little secret about making scones: I use a food processor. It incorporates the butter perfectly and takes out a lot of the hard work that’s involved with doing it by hand.
After my old food processor kicked the bucket, KitchenAid was kind enough to send me one of their new 13-cup models. I must say, it feels like a huge upgrade (both in size and in effectiveness) from my 7 cup. You see a noticeable difference when whipping up pie dough or scones, as the flour doesn’t fly out like it did in the smaller bowl.
KitchenAid has also provided an additional 13-cup food processor for me to give to one very lucky A Thought For Food reader.
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Disclaimer: While KitchenAid did provide me with the food processor, I was not monetarily compensated and all opinions in this post are my own.
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