Monday, April 9, 2012

Half Priced Candy Day II and Cadbury Mini Eggs Scones




Happy Half Price Candy Day! The holiday that comes but four times a year, the day after every candy-heavy holiday. I always succumb to the urge to have a never-ending supply of chocolate and opt to spend at least $20 stocking up on this, the most holy of days. Usually I find later that I have bought too much, and it goes to waste.

Example: My Easter candy pile is now on top of my only half-eaten Day-After-Valentine's-Day box of truffles.

I don't like being wasteful, so this recipe will come in awfully handy in the coming weeks.


Before our Epic Baking Saturday (in which my friends and I were up until midnight cooking random things) I had never made scones before. By the end of the night, I had made two varieties. In fact, I'd never even EATEN a scone before, so it was double awesome. Also, we had no baking powder, but some crafty googling told us that substituting the baking powder for 1/2 cup buttermilk mixed with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda would do the trick--reducing your other main liquid in the recipe by 1/2. Worked fine!

My friend John is my go-to expert on baking, and his secret weapon appears to be a worn down copy of Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything. Every time I visit, the book is propped open to some random page in some part of the house and usually some bread product is in the oven. That's where I got the following recipe, and it worked amazingly. I hear that the biggest complaint about scones is that they're too dry, and these certainly weren't. The idea for the mix-in was from We Are Not Martha--I saw it on that site last year and have been meaning to make it ever since :)

Haha I have a lot of side notes on this recipe, since I had to stray in a few cases due to not having the correct ingredients on hand. 

Cadbury Mini Egg Scones
(From Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything but I was too lazy to type it all out so I found it here and copy and pasted)
(Use of Cadbury Mini Eggs inspired by We Are Not Martha)
  • 2 cups cake flour, more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 egg
  • About a cup to 2 cups of crushed Cadbury Mini Eggs
  • ½ to ¾ cup heavy cream, more for brushing.

-Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Pour flour, salt, baking powder (or if you're using the liquid substitution like me, the 1/4 tsp of baking soda. The 1/2 cup buttermilk will be subbed where you add the cream) and 2 tablespoons of the sugar in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles cornmeal. (Or, if you're like me and had stupidly already cleaned out your food processor and didn't feel like cleaning it again later, you can mix it all together with your hands and "pinch" the butter until it crumbles and becomes well combined into the dry ingredients. Time-consuming, but also effective)

-Add the egg and just enough cream to form a slightly sticky dough. If it’s too sticky, add a little flour, but very little; it should still stick a little to your hands. (I overdid it on the flour and the bottoms of my scones came out a bit burnt, so definitely leave them a bit sticky) Fold in the mini egg pieces.


-Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead once or twice, then press it into a 3/4-inch-thick circle and cut into 2-inch rounds with a biscuit cutter or glass. Put the rounds on an ungreased baking sheet. Gently reshape the leftover dough and cut again. Brush the top of each scone with a bit of cream and sprinkle with a little of the remaining sugar.

-Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown. Serve immediately.

These kept for a few days in the fridge, I just warmed them up either in the toaster oven or the microwave for 15 seconds.


4 comments:

  1. I love finding recipes that use up leftover candy! it's a best of both worlds situation because then you still get to eat the candy but somehow feel less guilty about it than if you had just dove into the bag headfirst. These scones sound awesome!

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  2. OMG i'm addicted to those candies!! I'd eat those scones up in 10 second flat!

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  3. I have spent a total of like $65 on sweet tart jellybeans this year. My new obsession, which replaced my cadbury egg obsession from last year!

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