Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Blueberry Cornmeal Scones

Photos by TSW

Cooking is about creating memories which is why it is so much more fun with friends. More important than the end result, is the process of cooking, being present in the moment, and creating a collection of memories. Everything about cooking, the camaraderie, scents, ingredients, instantly makes me nostalgic, mindful of the power of the past, and hopeful about the future. It's amazing how potent memories are.

I had forgotten how much fun it is to cook with others, especially with folks that know how to cook or at the very least, enjoy the process. With a new friend, we made blueberry cornmeal scones for the aforementioned brunch. It was his vision and he had really thought about it so I went with it. I'm kind of a rigid cook partly because I want everything to be super successful so I find myself in uncharted territory when I go out on a limb. But it's 2008, and with all the changes I've made in other aspects of my life, cooking should be no exception. Plus, since as the sous-chef, it was not my role to say anything but to really just follow along. The scones were fabulous and showed me how to have fun in changing things up.

We followed the recipe I used for blueberry scones, and made the following modifications:

-2 1/4 c flour and 3/4 c polenta
-2/3 cup full fat raw milk +1 tbs
-1/2 cup blueberries (frozen are fine)
-1/2 cup corn kernels

So I used a little more liquid than what is called for and the dough was more moist than usual because I used less flour (2 1/4 vs 3 c). Polenta does not absorb liquid as much so....but it turned out fine. You may want to start with 1/3 cup and add more in as you go.

See the corn kernels? Don't these look better than the ones I previously blogged about? These were as scones should be...crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Coffee would be the perfect mate I think.

Cook and create your own memories!


Dustin said...

I'm sort of the opposite -- I tend to cook new and unfamiliar things for other people. Usually halfway through, I think, "this wasn't such a good idea." But things do turn out well most of the time.

This recipe looks good!

Pixie said...

Quite an interesting recipe, must try this some day.

and thanks for stopping by my blog, i'm sure to be coming back to yours soon again :)

Rosie said...

Thanks for calling by my blog and your very kind comment :) You have a really lovely blog here and I'm pleased to have found you!

I agree about food it does bring back nostalgic memories like when I make pastry it takes me back to my childhood standing next to my mum learning her skills! Wonderful post and gorgeous looking scones!

Rosie x

Peter M said...

Ahhh, nice touch with the corn meal and kernels...some natural sweetness.

Bellini Valli said...

These do sound excellent with the addition of the corn. Good call!

David said...

looks great! I've yet to get into baking..requires a bit more precision than my cooking style, but perhaps with examples like this I might come around. Thanks for stopping by Cooking Chat.

Dhivya said...

looks yummy...different idea...Thanks for sharingwill surely try