Ambrosial Raspberry Lemon Scones with Streusel Topping


Today’s post is about truly amazing, fabulously delightful, divine tasting scones and a bunch of 6 degrees of separation stuff, which is all after the recipe just in case you get bored before then!

Raspberry-Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze 002First things first though.  I cannot take any credit for the above amazing scones.  These are like nothing I have had in ages or maybe ever.  If you have been purchasing scones at Starbucks or elsewhere STOP immediately!  Don’t waste your precious money on a substandard product….at least make these once.  Just once and you will see what I mean.

I did take the photo of my cousin Jan’s scones which she quickly (I mean you can make these beauties in 10 minutes-not counting baking time) baked up during my visit.  Our friend Mary sent us a link she found on Pinterest from BE BOOK BOUND, a blog that ran this recipe on February 15, 2012.

The original recipe is for Terri Bender’s Lemon Blueberry Scones, which Mary made with raspberries instead of the blueberries.  She sent us the link and raved about them.  Jan has made them several times using the raspberries.  I did not get around to baking them up myself but for sure they are on my list.

One of the great things is they are just so flavourful, tender and moist.  Even the next day they retain they moistness.  Struesel topping adds so much to them and then just a small bit of glaze truly sets them apart as a must bake again treat.

So go ahead and give them a try!  Just remember we have subbed in raspberries wherever blueberries are called for.

Preheat oven to 400F.  Parchment line a baking sheet.

My suggestions:  You don’t need a food processor.  Just use your fingertips to work in butter or a pastry cutter.  No buttermilk…no worries…add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup and fill with milk to 3/4 cup measure.  Let sit for about 5 minutes.  No need to cut out biscuits.  Just pat out into a circle or square and cut through with a knife into wedges or circles.  When finished baking go over cuts again.

Raspberry Lemon Scones with Streusel Topping

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tsp baking  powder

1/2 tsp each salt & baking soda

4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup COLD butter, cut into small cubes

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 egg

3/4 cup raspberries

grated zest from 1 lemon

Streusel Topping-mix together in small bowl and set aside

1/4 cup oats

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1 tablespoon flour

Lemon Glaze-mix together while scones are baking

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cups icing sugar

1 tablespoon butter, melted

Sift the dry ingredients of the scone into a food processor. Add the cold, cubed butter into bowl of food processor with the lemon zest.  Pulse the mixture until the butter is the size of peas.  Pour the mixture into a large bowl, add the raspberries and toss with the flour mixture.

Mix together the buttermilk and egg and add to the dry ingredients.  Fold together gently, being careful not to break the berries.  Press dough into a large circles on a floured surface.  Cut out dough with a biscuit cutter.  Sprinkle Streusel on top of biscuits and place them on prepared cookie sheet and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes.

Let scones cool slightly before glazing.

Now on to the 6-Degrees of Separation kinda thing.  You know the game where everyone in Hollywood is somehow connected to Kevin Bacon.  For example he starred in Foot Loose with Sean Penn’s brother so he is connected back to Sean Penn..ONLY this is with Bruce Jenner, The Kardashian’s and David Foster.  I’m not sure how this even began sometime during the whole baking and eating scones but it seems having access to an iPad allows you to google just way too much stuff.

So let’s begin…Bruce Jenner who most of us recognize as Kris Jenner’s (nee Kardashian) poorly face-lifted husband was a Gold Medal Decathlon winner in the 1976 Summer Olympics and appeared on boxes of Wheaties (this was before athletes commanded huge price tags for advertisements, etc.)  During this time he was married to his 1st wife and had 2 children.  He also was the replacement for Erik Estrada (if you remember him you are dating yourself big time) on the hit t.v. show CHiPs!  (Who knew he was so famous before the Kardashian’s!!)  Now it gets even more interesting.  His 2nd wife was Linda Thompson, who had a 5 year live-in relationship with the King, and yes, I do mean Elvis.  Really.  Linda then married Bruce and they had 2 boys, Brandon and Brody.  Yes, from the Princes of Bel-Air the short lived reality show that aired just before the divorce of Linda and her next husband David Foster.  Oh, but I am getting ahead of myself.

So Linda and Bruce have 2 boys.  Brody went on to act or reality act on The Hills.  Not sure what Brandon’s claim to fame is other then they have the spoiled rich good looking thing working for them.  O.K. are you following so far.

Bruce now is married to Kris the mother of the 4 Kardashian children and they procreate and add another 2 girls into the mix, Kendall and Kylie.  So Bruce has 6 kids.

How does all this tie in to the tabloid grabbing Kardashian’s with the 6 degrees of separation.

Brody and Brandon are step siblings.

Kendall and Kylie are half siblings.

Burt and Casey (from his 1st marriage) are half siblings to Brody and Brandon

What is even more interesting is David Foster who was married for, I believe, quite a long time to Linda Thompson, has 5 biological daughters.  Sara Foster who was on 90210 and Erin Foster who was on The O.C.

And you remember Clay Aiken, the guy who won a season of American Idol.  Well David Foster’s sister is the mother of his child.  Isn’t Clay gay?  How does that all work?

Remember I did state today was a lot about nothing.   If you can retain any of this silly information it might come in handy in a trivia game.  Goretti, are you there??

Go have a scone!

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