So I love to read, and currently Shauna Niequist’s book Present Over Perfect is speaking to me so big! It’s about “living a life of meaning and connection instead of pushing for perfection.” I’m one of those people who gravitates towards business and activity. I seem to always be going somewhere, talking to someone, working on some new project. I love to have my days full. I try to squeeze in as much life as possible, and as much hanging out as possible.
It’s always been hard for me to sit still and have silence. I’m so uncomfortable with it. Why is that? I think sometimes we are afraid of what we will or won’t find out about ourselves and about our heart of hearts when we stop running, stop achieving, stop impressing. When we pare back all of the activity and work and obligations, what’s left? We are faced with the vulnerable and scary questions of our heart: Am I loved? Am I accepted? Am I good enough? Rather than grapple with these questions, it’s easier to continue on in our whirl of activity, isn’t it?
But the past few months, I’ve heard a still small voice calling me to a softer existence; one filled with less hustling and striving, more breathing and enjoying and taking in. A big part of that was our bike tour that Daniel and I did this summer. Being on a bike for 8+ hours a day, there isn’t much to do but pedal and think. There’s so much quiet and space to contemplate that I don’t necessarily get in the “real world”. Once the riding stops and camp is set up, there’s no TV to distract, no gym to escape to, no social events to go to. More stillness, more contemplation, more space. At first it was really uncomfortable for me. Eventually though, I grew to enjoy it and need it and appreciate it.
Sometimes (ok, most of the time) the growth comes when we do the thing that we are afraid of, that we are uncomfortable with, that we really don’t want to do. Ya feel? Reminds me of Eleanor Roosevelt and her famous quote to:
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Enough rambling. Onto scones.
I am so pleased with how these turned out. To start with, I used half all-purpose flour and half spelt flour, and the spelt flour just gives it such a great depth and complexity. The original recipe by The Kitchen Magpie used sour cream, and I replaced it with plain greek yogurt. I also replaced the cane sugar with coconut sugar, which I love to bake with. The most important to thing about scones to me is texture, and these were perfect. I love a good brown crust on the outside, with tender, buttery, flaky insides. You’ve seriously got to try these!
- The recipe makes a lot, so feel free to cut it in half for 8 or 9 scones
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups spelt flour
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of blueberries (or any mix in of your choice! Try strawberries, chocolate chips, raisins, raspberries, etc..)
- 1-2 tsp white sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease it.
- In a small bowl, stir together greek yogurt and baking soda.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, spelt flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter or two butter knives, until the butter is in pea-size pieces.
- Beat the egg into the greek yogurt mixture.
- Add the sour cream mixture to the big bowl, and mix together. It may be a bit dry, but keep at it, using your hands if necessary. Err on the side of dry for scones; you don't want sticky. Add a little milk if needed.
- Once the dough is mixed, add the fruit, taking care not to smush your berries.
- Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Pat each piece into a circle that is about 1" thick. Cut each circle into 6 triangles, and place onto the cookie sheet, leaving space between each piece.
- Sprinkle sugar on top of each scone. It will get nice and crispy in the oven.
- Bake 15-20 minutes. Scones are ready when the edges are browned. (Mine definitely needed closer to the 20 minutes).
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