Tuesdays with Dorie: Oatmeal Nutmeg Scones

May 24, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in biscuits/scones, breakfast things, groups, tuesdays with dorie | 13 Comments
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oatmeal nutmeg scones

I think I have finally found my scone mojo.  Maybe I shouldn’t speak too soon, but these Oatmeal Nutmeg Scones are the second batch to come out just as I’d hoped (now I need to revisit the Apple Cheddar ones to see if I can get something with a bit more height).  My two scone “secrets” (although I wouldn’t be surprised if these aren’t secrets at all, but just things I took forever to catch on to!)…first, I grate the cold butter into the dry ingredients.  I find that this way, I don’t have to do as much rubbing and working to get the two incorporated…just toss the butter around a bit with my fingertips.  Second, I pat the scones out a little fatter than I used to.  Tricky, right?  Of course I don’t get as many per batch, but that’s fine by me.

Yes, these scones have oatmeal in them, but they have a load of butter as well, so I’d be lying to you if I said they were a healthy breakfast.  I did try to up the whole-graininess a bit by swapping 2/3 cup of the AP flour for whole wheat pastry flour.  They are really hearty and good…only as sweet as they need to be and no more, which I appreciate in the morning…espeically when I’m slathering jam all over them anyway.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Life with a Whisk, as it was Patricia’s pick this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. These scones look delicious. I especially like the nutmeg on the pan.

  2. I do the grating thing too! And it took me forever to realize that by starting with a thicker scone (or biscuit) I’d end up with that fluffy, tall scone I never seemed to get. Your scones look wonderful – just pretend you don’t know how much butter ends up in them 😉

  3. Oatmeal means they must be healthy?? I have not tried to grate the butter, but I will next batch. I agree, they do well when a little fatter! Delicious recipe. Have a great day,

  4. Im going to try your grated butter technique next time, what a great idea! I loved these scones too and especially loved the oatmeal! Yours look perfect, fat and delicious!

  5. I wanted to use at least a portion of whole wheat pastry flour, but I was out. I’m glad to know it works as well as I was thinking.

    I might try the grating trick next time. My scones come out well, I just don’t like rubbing the butter into the flour. Actually, it’s the cleaning buttery flour out of my fingernails that I really don’t like.

  6. They look fabulous! I loved these… even if mine weren’t truly ‘scones’. 🙂

  7. Oatmeal and nutmeg – ummmm I can imagine how great the kitchen smelled as these beauties were baking.

  8. Scones are one of my very favorite things to bake!! These sound delicious; I love the idea of the nutmeg flavor 🙂

  9. your scones look perfect! i have been meaning to try the grated butter technique–now i definitely will next time!

  10. Yours look so good, they rose so much. Mine were flatter and didn’t keep their shape as much. Maybe I will try grating the butter in. My husband did that once with biscuits and the kitchen was a total mess!

    I added dried apples to mine, which added some sweetness.

  11. These were so good. Love that you got nice tall scones. Better eating!! Thanks for the butter tip.

  12. I love these delicious little morsels.

  13. It had never occurred to me before, but I tried your grating idea and it worked very well. Many thanks.
    Not very traditional but I used some cinnamon in addition to the nutmeg which we all love.
    The result was a fine batch of scones which we enjoyed with our favourite morning coffee, Yemeni Matari coffee from The Tea and Coffee Emporium.
    Thanks for the post and the opportunity to comment.

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