February 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
It seems that I am baking through Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain in a similar manner to which Julie Powell cooked through Julia Child’s Master the Art of French Cooking. In the past month I have looked to Kim’s book on a daily basis for baking inspiration. So while, my venture requires no guidelines, time tables, or boeuf bourguignon to stress me out all I need to worry about is browning loads of butter, stocking up on exciting flours, and whipping out heart shaped cookie cutters.
Most recent attack on Kim’s book was a combination of two recipes using teff flour. As I found out yesterday, teff is a deep, rich, and dark flour which makes a beautiful match for two of my favorite ingredients: hazelnuts and brown butter. The outcome of toasting the hazelnuts in the butter as it begins to brown is quite intoxicating, and leaves the entire kitchen smelling of sultry golden love perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Hazelnut Butter Scone
Love child of Kim Boyce’s Hazelnut Muffins and Brown Butter Scone from Good to the Grain.
4 oz unsalted butter
1/2 cup hazelnuts chopped in half
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup oats or a mix of rolled grains
1/2 cup teff flour
1/2 cup palm sugar or 1/4 c white and 1/4 c brown *next time I want to use honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
dash of salt
1/2 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Over medium heat, begin to melt the best butter you can get your hands on. Once the butter has turned into liquid and starts to bubble add the chopped hazelnuts. Let the butter foam. The hazelnuts will become a lovely golden color. Once there are brown bits forming on the bottom of the pan, remove the butter and hazelnuts from the pan and pour into a shallow freezable container. This should take about 7 minutes. Let the hazelnut butter freeze. Do this a day before or wait impatiently while preparing everything else.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all of the dry ingredients together in a food processor. Chop the frozen butter into pieces and add to the dry ingredients. Pulse the flours and butter until the mix is a sandy texture. Whisk the cream, egg, and vanilla together in a separate bowl. When both the wet and dry ingredients are both individually combined, pour the cream and egg mixture into the sandy flour and stir to combine.
Flour a work surface and dump the batter out. Use your hands to press the batter into a circle. Now either slice the circle into 8 slices like a pizza, or use your seasonal cookie cutters and give the scones some character and transfer the scones to a prepared baking sheet.
Brush the uncooked scones with a nice blanket of cream and sprinkle with some sugar; the coarser the better. These babys will be nice and bronzed after about 22 minutes if they are small cookie cutter types, or 26 minutes if they are large slices.