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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pioneer Woman!!

In honor of meeting Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) last weekend (more on that later...) I have once again, made her scones to die for. This time however, I froze half the dough, so that we can a.) make them again easily and b.) not eat 7 scones each. There is a real danger of b if I make them all, you see.

PW's Maple Pecan Scones:

3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 sticks butter, chilled
1/4 cup pecans
1 egg
3/4 cup heavy cream

The trick to having really good scones is the butter. You need to chop it up into little pieces, then put it back in the fridge for a little while, to keep it really cold. (At this point, it was good to note that I realized I was out of baking powder, so we went to get some more; so my butter was refrigerated a good hour or so more than normal.)

Using a pastry blender, or two butter knives, cut the butter into the dry ingredients.

Add the rest of the ingredients. When it is all mixed together, put half of it out on a cutting board or floured surface, and make it into a circle. Cut it into 8 pieces, and bake at 350* for 22-26 minutes, until they are just barely brown.

That's my leftover dough that I froze. :)

YUM!! You can also coat them with an icing. PW's recipe makes A TON of icing, so I just mixed together:
1 Tbsp. melted butter
1 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. coffee
dash of salt
2 Tbsp. maple syrup (the real stuff!)
powdered sugar until it all came together, probably about 1 cup
When I found out that Ree was coming to town, I rushed up to the bookstore the next day to get my ticket.

Then of course, I forgot my camera. So, I created this brillant re-enactment for you all. It's almost like you were there!! (shut up)

But she signed my book! And I was very happy. :) I used the time not posing for 500 pictures of her with me and my baby (like the annoying woman in front of me) to actually talk to her for 15 seconds or so. It was cool. :) She was very nice, and said she loved Seattle so much that she was moving here. I don't know where she's going to put the cows.


  1. Stupid me didn't know that you could get tickets early. I wound up with a "J" ticket, waited nearly 4 hours, then had to make the hour+ drive home. What a bummer. At least I saw her from afar.

    I adapted this maple scone recipe on my blog and, like you, froze half the dough so we wouldn't devour it.