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Make Scottish Oat Scones to impress your friends and family

We don’t know who is new here or not, so just let us explain real quickly that we are The Fork, and we’ve got a wild and woolly bunch of friends and lovers who orbit our bright and shining existence.

There’s The Spork, who sometimes pinch hits for us when we’re busy; The Knoife, an Australian pal who knows all the slang and everything; and La Forkette, our partner who pops in from time to time with recipes developed in the home kitchen.

Now that you’re up to speed, welcome, and hold onto your butts for a scone recipe from La Forkette (who fully made scones the other day and then we teamed up to eat, like, nine of them).

La Forkette’s Scottish Oat Scones (Don’t Ask About the Scottish Part, It Only Causes Trouble)

You’ll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups oats (Quaker works just fine, trust us)
  • 2 tbsps butter (3 if you want it BUTTERY, which is cool)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (use 1/4 if you want ‘em less sugary)
  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (yes, it’s different than just plain ol’ whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup currants or raisins or maybe even dried cranberries (pssssst—use chocolate chips instead)
  • 1 big-ass egg
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (though we’re thinking vanilla might work)
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil (we used coconut oil, which was awesome)

The Steps

Get a big bowl in which you can mix stuff ready by putting it on the counter. Get a wooden spoon or something, too—y’know, something with which you can stir stuff. Also, get a smaller bowl that you can set stuff into while you’re waiting to put it into the bigger bowl—stuff like butter.

Turn your oven on to 425F and, while it’s heating, pop some parchment paper in a cookie tray. If you don’t have parchment paper, you’re living wrong. Get some. If you don’t have a cookie tray (or sheet, as we’ve heard them called), why are you baking something? Get the sheet, then come back. But, like, don’t leave your oven on.

Melt that butter on your stovetop (in a pot or something if you need to be reminded) over low-ass heat until it’s good and melty, maybe even kind of browning, then drop it in that small bowl from before.

Now, you’re gonna want to move kind of quickly here; or more like you’re gonna want to move with purpose because you’ll next put the dries (the oats, the flour, the sugar, the baking soda, the baking powder) into the big bowl and mix ‘em all up. You can also stir in the currants (or chocolate chips) at this point with the dries.

‘Member that butter in the small bowl from before? Now that it’s had a couple secs to hang and get all buttered-out, mix in the wets—the egg and yogurt and oil—in the small bowl with that butter and mix pretty good (this won’t take long).

Throw the contents of the small bowl in with the contents of the large bowl and mix until you think, “Yeah, I’m pretty sure that looks right; it’s kinda doughy.” By this time, your oven is probably aching to get filled with soon-to-be-scones. But just relax for a second because you have to do one more thing.

That one more thing is pulling the scone dough out of the bowl and gently hand-rolling it into a dough ball. Now, you can pop it onto the counter or a cutting board or whatever you like (lightly floured to prevent sticking) and start gently rolling it out to your desired thickness. Remember that dry and kinda crunchy at the edges are solid scone hallmarks, so don’t go too thick or too thin. Like, it’s gonna rise in the oven, man, you just need to think about scones you’ve liked and eyeball the size based on approximate hypothetical rising-ness. This sentence makes perfect sense to us, so it should to you, too, because we’re dumb.

We don’t know who decided scones would be basically triangular, but cut that hand-flattened dough into triangles like you’re cutting a pizza or something. Or, honestly, if you prefer other shapes, make a trapezoid; we don’t give a shit.

Depending on what size you cut ‘em, you can get like eight to 10 of those bad boys going. Now, place ‘em on the parchment papered baking pan/sheet and throw ‘em in the oven. If you’re at higher altitudes like we are in Santa Fe, you might need to stay vigilant and check ‘em, but it should take roughly 12 to 15 minutes for them to start looking golden brown and delicious. When that happens, and when they’re a little firm to the touch, you’re good to go. Pull ‘em out, let ‘em cool, go nuts. As always, if you make ‘em, send a photo!

Oh, and what makes these scones Scottish? Fuck if we know. Just make them. Or don’t.

This is scone-adjacent, right?


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For the cheese-lovers out there.

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A totally scientific breakdown of The Fork’s correspondence

In this week’s print edition of SFR, music and party events take over food coverage to give the regular food writer a little break from eating rich foods for work. We’d point out that job isn’t super-tough, but we are but a voyager on an endless sea of nightmares.  You can read lots of food stuff right here, though.

Number of Letters Received: 28

*Smooches to all of you!

Most Helpful Tip of the Week (a barely edited letter from a reader):

“You never tried a donut?!”

*Oh, we tried a donut. We tried a donut big time.

Actually Helpful Tip(s):

“I was excited to try the new donut shop, Craft Donuts, since I grew up in my parents’ donut shop a century ago. First, it is a “cake donut” shop, not a real donut shop—but that’s OK since they own it and call it whatever they want. They fry the donuts in a fryer used at carnivals for funnel cakes, and as they do not have the temperature high enough, the dough allows too much of the grease into the donut. That is why you have heartburn, and to think that some of your readers didn’t even know you had a heart!”

*Reader Patrick M. totally validating our feelings from last week’s edition of The Fork. Grazie, Patrick!

Stay fresh, cheese bags,

The Fork

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