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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Blueberry and Cornmeal Scones

Our travels continue!  Last week was a blast. Pete and I finished up our time without the kids at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri. The beautiful lodge rooms provided scenic views of the wooded grounds and Table Rock Lake. Our time there featured a hike in the woods, some gorgeous sunsets, many hours rocking on the porch listening to the falls, and visits from the "cookie lady" who delivers fresh gingerbread cookies in the evenings.

The coffee house at Big Cedar

When we first saw the girls, they ran to us and gave us great big hugs. They had sunkissed skin and big smiles on their faces. They were anxious to describe their experiences and their stories delighted us. The camp counselors and staff displayed joy and character, including encouragement for the parents to raise children our children with wisdom and faith. We all said our goodbyes and drove on, two teary-eyed little girls in the back seat with full hearts ready to return next summer.   

We headed south on highway 65 through Arkansas and spotted a sign for "Serenity Farm" bakery on the side of the road. We pulled the car up to a quaint little bakery surrounded by flowers and vines. A cute dog greeted us on the front porch, followed by the scent of fresh baked goods. The bakery, to my surprise, is completely organic. I was thrilled to come across such a place! We ordered tuna melt sandwiches on sourdough, foccacia, almond croissant, an eclair, and two cups of coffee. The little pastry shop/cafe/grocer occupies an old house with creaky wooden floors and pale yellow-paneled walls. We sat in the dining room enjoying our little lunch, talking about lessons from camp and plans for the future. On our way out, we bought a few loaves or hearty sourdough to share with friends along the way.  

If you haven't yet discovered a treasure like Serenity Farms this summer, at least you can produce your own delicious, organic baked goods. Fresh ingredients, a little prep work, and some patience can enrich your day. A few weeks ago, I had an abundance of blueberries and whipped up a batch of these blueberry-cornmeal scones. They're subtly sweet, with a good crunch on the outside, and bright bursts of blueberry throughout. I hope they brighten your week.

Blueberry and Cornmeal Scones
These scones are best eaten within one hour of baking.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Makes 8 scones

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons sea salt
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 425°F and adjust rack to middle position.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.  Add cream, honey, and blueberries and stir until a dough forms. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and quickly pat the dough into a 8-inch round. Cut the dough into 8 wedges. Place the wedges on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes until light brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve warm.

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Blogger Maria said...

Scones are one of my favorite breakfast treats. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

July 6, 2010 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Deeba PAB said...

How absolutely gorgeous these are...yum!

July 6, 2010 at 7:08 AM  
Anonymous marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Carrie, your time in the Ozarks looks like it was a great success. So glad to hear the girls had an amazing experience at camp. Your roadside visits look fantastic as do your blueberry scones. xo

July 6, 2010 at 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Gaby said...

I am a scone fanatic!! I love these! Can we have a scone party when you get back in CA?!

July 6, 2010 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Erika Kerekes said...

Um - there's no blueberry in the ingredients - when do you add them?

July 6, 2010 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Do you use fresh or frozen blueberries? and about how much?

July 6, 2010 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Erika and Paola: Thanks for catching that for me! It's 1 1/2 cups of fresh blueberries. I also added that detail to the ingredient list.

July 6, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Gaby: A scone party sounds great! Can't wait to get together again!

July 6, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Beautiful post! I'm so glad the girls had such a great time!!

July 6, 2010 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger LA said...

you are an absolute MIND READER!! i just got my first annual 20# box of local blueberries two weeks ago and i have been trying to decide what to use them for when 4 girlfriends come to visit this weekend -- thanks for posting these -- i cant wait to try them! :D

July 6, 2010 at 6:04 PM  
Anonymous allison [a for aubergine] said...

i've been looking for a good scone recipe. thanks for posting this! xxoo

July 7, 2010 at 6:32 AM  
Anonymous said...

I love finding those little treasures on holiday! I'm currently travelling around, too - this is the 1st year I'm scouting food ideas rather than lamenting not being able to cook for myself ...

Enjoy your trip :)

July 12, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Anonymous mara said...

Wow, small world. I'm guessing you might be talking about Kanakuk camps. If so, I was a counselor there years ago! Also, I buy Serenity Farms at our local natural food store, but didn't realize they had a store/cafe. Will have to check it out, thanks!

July 15, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Mara: Wow! Between food and kamp we definitely have a lot in common! :) We worked the summer of
'96 at k-7. You?

July 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger nicole aka gidget said...

made these for breakfast today and they were super tasty, thanks! :)

August 2, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

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