Rich and Creamy Ginger Scones 'The Bread Bible'
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Scones. Ginger Scones. Rich and Creamy Ginger Scones!!
These little suckers live up to their name, they are "rich and creamy" and certainly ginger-y with ginger coming from two forms "ground and candied".
Australia has a history of ginger farming/production, dating back to pre world war one.
early photo of ginger cutters working for Buderim -Queensland Australia
I love Australian Buderim candied ginger in all it's forms.
I used the middle one today, glace ginger for the 'Rich and Creamy Ginger Scones'.
You needed super cold cubed butter and chilled cream whipped to soft peaks to start today's scones.
cubed butter ready to go into the freezer to chill
Flour, baking powder, salt, ground ginger, turbinado sugar, lemon zest are whizzed together in a food processor before the cold butter is added for another whizz until the mixture resembles fine meal.
The flour mixture is tipped in a bowl, where you add the chopped ginger pieces, make a well and add the whipped cream. The resulting dough is briefly kneaded and chilled before cutting.
Ahhh I here comes the Australian bit, I just don't understand the trianglular shape of American scones so I'm going "British" and I cut small round ones instead of triangles.
I froze my rounds at this point because I had to have perfect "round" shapes ha ha. The little pieces of chilled butter in the dough will result in the light, short and melt in the mouth quality of the finished scones.
I didn't put extra sugar on top of the scones before baking as I was going to be serving with peach fruit preserve.
Scones are baked in a hot oven until evenly browned but still soft and moist inside. They are the first scones I've eaten that literally melt in your mouth they are so tender. I love the flavour of these, even though they a bit on the "too rich" side for me I can imagine them being popular for a brunch or afternoon tea served with plenty of black tea and lemon.
Today has been one of the 'Rose's Bread Bible Bakers' bakes where a group of fabulous bakers get together and bake from the pages of 'The Bread Bible'.
The Bread Bibleby Rose Levy Beranbaum is available from Amazon and all discerning book stores.
Happy Baking :)
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