"A TIME FOR SCONES
AND A TIME FOR WRITING" by Ellen Spain
The students sat chatting, drinking coffee
and eating stale scones in the Gilley Cafeteria's annex. The rain and thunder
"I can't believe I missed
seeing Martha Stewart here on campus," Morgan Walker replied.
"Martha owns a place nearby in
Northeast Harbor and likes to boat out to Gull Island whenever she is off set,"
Peter Dugua said. He gulped some coffee. "Martha knows Sieur de Cadillac's
President, so that is probably why her production people did a TV program about
our Bar Harbor college campus."
Roland Donovan nodded. "Morgan,
if I would have known you wanted to meet Martha Stewart, I could have arranged
for you to be with our group."
"Sure looks like a Nor'easter
is hitting Bar Harbor today," Danny Fennchar said, biting into a scone while
staring out the large window. "Not too bad for something baked yesterday."
"Well, I make the best scones
in Maine," Morgan replied. "I have been following Martha Stewart's recipes since
I started watching her cooking programs on TV."
Peter raised his eyes. "You can
bake scones?" He shook his head. "My mom gave up trying to bake scones. But I
Morgan smiled. "Scones aren't
that hard to make. Just follow the recipe and be certain to preheat the
"I always wondered what went
into these little things," Peter said pointing to the few scones on their
"Do you really want to know,"
Peter nodded. "Yes. What are
those magic ingredients?"
"Flour, sugar, baking powder,
salt, butter, baking soda, vanilla, heavy cream, fresh blueberries, and eggs."
Morgan took out her tablet and wrote the ingredients. "Oh yes, after they cool,
spread some softly whipped cream cheese on the top for a real treat."
"When blueberry season comes,
will you bake some scones for us," Danny asked. "I bet your scones are much
better than what the college cafeteria makes." He held out the last piece, and
then popped it into his mouth. Hum!
They all chuckled and drank
some more coffee.
"Get me an audience with Martha
Stewart, and I'll bake you all scones every week," Morgan replied. She looked at
the clock. "Right now we better get moving. Class starts in a few
Morgan, Peter, Danny, and Roland are a few
of the characters featured in Secrets in the Fog: The Invisibility
Project and Danny's First Love by Ellen Spain and published by eTreasures
Stewart's Blueberry Scone Recipe
used by Morgan Walker in Secrets in the Fog:
The Invisibility Project
2 cups all-purpose pre-sifted
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted
butter, cut into small pieces the size of peas
1 1/2 cups fresh
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/3 cup heavy cream, plus more
for brushing tops
2 large eggs, lightly
Preheat oven to 425 degrees,
with rack in center.
In a large bowl, sift together
flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Stir in the blueberries and
Whisk the heavy cream and egg
in a large glass measuring cup.
Press your thumb in the center
of the dry ingredients, and pour in the cream mixture. Stir lightly with fork
until the dough holds together.
Gently pour the dough onto a
lightly floured surface and knead a few times to mix well.
Pat dough into a 6-inch square
baking pan about 1 1/4 inches thick and cut into four 3-inch squares. Then cut
squares in half on the diagonal to form eight triangles. Transfer to prepared
Brush tops with cream.
Bake until golden brown, 20 to
22 minutes. Transfer scones to wire racks to cool.
Enjoy with whipped cream
with the author: Ellen Spain: the Secret Scone Recipe
I like to bake and learned some
great techniques from my late mother. But with the time constraints as a
novelist, as eTp's Acquisitions Editor, as an educator, and as a caring wife,
I found my baking time now started around
midnight, when I couldn't focus anymore hours on my computer screen and everyone
else was asleep. I still love the taste
of scones, but now I have to drive pretty far to buy a scone at Starbucks.
Wait a minute, Ellen, I
muttered. Do your research. This is the twenty-first century. Scone making has
to be easier than those Martha Stewart recipes.
I was correct. Now I
have a sure-fired way to make scones the easy way. I checked out the local department stores and
gourmet grocery, and ended up finding everything I needed to bake great scones
at Amazon.com. But you can find the following where-ever you wish.
Here is my secret scone
1. Bake in a Nordic Ware Scone pan (I also have a
cast iron scone pan but I prefer the cast-aluminum surface because it is easier
to clean). Do not wash these pans in your dishwasher. Always spray the scone pan
before you add the scone mix.
2. Use Krusteaz Scone Mix. I tried all the brands
and prefer this one because it is really fool-proof. I use 2% milk and if the
mix is too lumpy, I add an additional tablespoon.
3. I like to add cinnamon chips to the dry
ingredients. Use the expensive brand for a fantastic taste however, I find the
Hershey brand is okay and much cheaper in price.
4. If I want cherries or blueberries, I use the
dried ones mixing about a half of a cup into the dry ingredients first. Beware:
fresh berries cause the dry ingredients to absorb the fruit flavor and the end
scone has the consistency of a soft muffin rather than a heavy scone with a hint
of fruit taste. You can also use raisins with the cinnamon chips. I like to prepare other foods using dried
fruit, so I purchase a four-pound box at Amazon since it is a lot cheaper than
buying the dried fruit in my local grocery store.
Good job, Ellen. And people
still think I slave away at the over baking yummy things for breakfast rather
than pounding away on my keyboard all day. But having that great cup of coffee
and a scone in the morning while checking my email in my PJ's is a novelist's
dream job. Oh yes, one problem: scone crumbs jam up the buttons on my
keyboard. Enjoy the scones fellow
Spain is a retired Federal Investigator, now turned author, editor, researcher,
and educator. Ellen is active with EPIC, PennWriters, RWA, SCBWI, and the
Pittsburgh East Writers. www.EllenSpain.com
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