I decided to enter the Weekend Breakfast Blogging Event #12: Spice it Up!, hosted this time by The Spice Who Loved Me.
I really like the combination of oats and spices, so I assumed I would go that route. I debated on some baked oatmeal or oat muffins but ultimately landed on scones, because I had never made them before.
I looked at a few recipes until I felt comfortable creating my own (in terms of flour and baking soda ratios, etc.). Then I decided that one of my favorite things with not only scones but with spices like cinnamon and cloves is honey. So, I went with a honey-spiced oat scone. I also wanted to keep this relatively healthy which is why I used a mixture of whole wheat flour, AP flour and oats, as well as low fat buttermilk.
This makes 6-8 scones, depending on how you cut them, how big you want them, etc.
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup AP flour
1/2 cup oats
1/8 tsp. salt
1.5 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
3 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
a little buttermilk and sugar for topping, if desired
Preheat oven to 375 and grease a baking sheet.
Sift together whole wheat and AP flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in sugar and oats.
Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or use a food processor) until pea-sized.
Add honey. Stir in buttermilk until a dough forms (you may need a little less than 1/2 cup).
Knead dough onto a flour surface 8 or 10 times.
Roll and cut the scones any way you like (I used a biscuit cutter; you could just make a circle and cut 8 wedges out of it).
Brush scones with buttermilk and sprinkle sugar on top, if desired.
Bake for 18 minutes or until done.
Overall I thought these tasted great, especially with some jam. Unfortunately my scones didn’t rise as much as I wanted them to. Of course, when I checked my baking powder, I realized it had expired by quite some time (that’s what I get for not checking the date when I bought it).
Also, none of my pictures turned out particularly well. Sorry!