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Scones and Scandal

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Don’t those scones look amazing?  Oh, they were.  So, so amazing.  They were one of the yummy treats at this month’s Book Club.  I missed last month’s discussion on The White Tiger because that was the day the dogs tried to kill me (remember the bra stain?)
For this month, we read Charlotte Roche’s controversial book Wetlands. This picture says it all.
I’m not going to spoil this book for you but I will say it was the most disgusting, most gut-wrenching and most sympathetic-pain-inducing read I’ve ever come across and, of course, I couldn’t put it down. I nearly crashed my car listening to the audio version during a particularly toe-curling moment.  And the main character’s obsession with food has ruined more than a few of us Book Clubbers on avocados and cauliflower.  Perhaps permanently.
Fortunately, we saved our discussion for after tea, giving us the chance to fully enjoy Anna’s scones.  I knew we were in for a treat when she showed up with her own electric mixer.
Andrea was a big fan of Anna’s electric mixer 🙂
Scones
You will need:
2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp vegetable shortening
1/2 raisins
1/2 cup apple juice
  • Preheat oven to 400 F
  • Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt
  • Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender (or if you’re like me, with two knives)
  • Stir in the raisins
  • Add apple juice to stiffen the dough
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface
  • Roll the dough to about 1/2 inch thick
  • Cut into triangles
  • Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 10 minutes, or until light brown
  • Serve with cream and mango jam 🙂
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52 Comments

  1. Being in England makes me the biggest scone fan ever. These I can't wait to bake!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

  2. Your book club looks like fun! My book club is purely social, but not so well in the kitchen. Most will stop by Publix on the way and pick up a pre-made anything. They are all impress when I make my own hummus to bring (so easy). I'll have to try making these scones, I have some lavender jelly that I made that would go great with them!

  3. Scones are so delicious in general and throwing mango jam on top makes them extra special. I've got some pineapple/mango jam lurking in my fridge that I need to use up and these seem like the perfect use for it

  4. Looks like a fun book club! You've got me intrigued and I will definitely pick this book up. The scones look amazingly good…especially the mango jam!

  5. Around here, scones are the preferred nosh although we need to do some serious investigating to find some mango jam. We'll take your recommendation on Charlotte's book a could read is always welcome!

  6. You have joined pretty tasty clubs 🙂 Would love to have some mango jam to put on my scones.

  7. Your pictures are so cute. I've not read the book. Going to have to look for it. Great recipe as always. Congrats on top 9!

  8. I didn't LOVE The White Tiger, so in my humble opinion, you didn't miss much…but this book… well, you've totally peeked my interest. Hmmmm…… sounds intense, but I may be able to take it! 😀 You know what I can take… one or five of those scones!

  9. Sounds like an interesting book–and perfect for a book club to read. Your scones look wonderful!

  10. I'm so intrigued, but I don't want to be ruined on avocados and cauliflower! Ok, why haven't I received my book club invitation yet? 🙂 You guys are having tons of fun!

    The scones look absolutely delicious!

  11. Now that's the kind of book club I'd like to be a part of…looks like a blast!
    Those scones look so tempting, especially topped with cream! Yum.

  12. Indeed your book club looks like a fun time! And now I must check out this book. You had me at “disgusting.”

  13. Most book clubs seem boring, yours rocks!
    Congratulations on To 9!

  14. Love scones! Yours look perfect. And I am intrigued by the sounds of this book.

  15. Yep, scones are a big yummy treat. Love your book club. Sounds like a riot of fun.
    Sam

  16. awesome scones and book club you guys are too cute tea and book club how posh! lol congrats on TOP 9 🙂

  17. You have a really fun book club that we all feel like we want to join you guys! The book sounds fun and interesting to read…but once I start everything has to stop, including taking care of my kids. lol. These scones look delicious!

  18. Haven't read Wetlands yet, but that shot of you guys on the toilet and in the bathtub has me intrigued and I must read it now! Those scones look amazing and having them with mango jam was appropriately tropical :-).

  19. Sounds like you guys had fun! scones look fab especially with the mango jam!

  20. Your scones look yummy but I think I'll have to invest in the audio version of that book. It sounds too disgusting to pass up. I can't imagine what could be more awful regarding avocados than what happened to me with them. I too am totally grossed out now by them.

    Looks like you guys had a fun time!

  21. Look like you are having great fun. The scones looks awesome perfect.

  22. What a great book club!!! We've read White Tiger, but not Wetlands…I will check it out. The scones look fabulous…and who doesn't love a gal who brings her own mixer???

  23. Aw, what a fun time! The scones look fab and now I'm curious about this book!

  24. lovely recipe !!! these scones look absolutely delicious !

  25. Oh how fun! I love book my club, and can't wait to look into this book because it definitely sounds like one us girls would enjoy too =)

  26. Well, it looks like a FUN time…and now I'm intrigued by the book. I'll have to check it out!

  27. The scones look fantastic, but the book sound horrid.

  28. Parsley Sage, your food pictures always send a smile on my face. You look so cute in that pic, too! I love scones and this post is inspiring me to make some!!

  29. I'm pretty sure I need a fun book club….and a scone….and mango jam? Yes, please!

  30. Scones and Scandal – love it! I've been meaning to join a book club for the longest time, and now I'm set on finding a crew as cheeky as yours!

  31. Okay first of all, can I just say how jealous I am that you're part of a book club!? I would love that! Also, these scones look delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Mango jam ?How can the scones not be yummy than:))

  33. I absolutely love scones…all different kinds! And these with the mango jam sound perfect!

  34. I am grateful that my book club hasn't picked anything queasy-making, but your club's food looks much better!

  35. Yummie, these scones sure look delicious…love the pictures 🙂
    Hope you are having a great week!

  36. I want a book club like yours! I only belonged to one once and it was ve-r-y stuffy!

  37. Scones with apple juice, served with mango jam is a first. Avocados and cauliflower are good for you, its a pity but thank god it wasn't something like beef or potatoes:)

  38. CUUUUTE pictures. Those scones look amazing. Your book club looks so fun!

  39. What a fun group you belong to; those scones are right my alley and look picture perfect!
    Rita

  40. The scones are great and I need to join a book club. How fun!

  41. now this book club looks like fun, not like mine soooo boring…lol.. loving the pics!!

  42. YUM. Baked things make me happy, especially when paired with books.

  43. What a fun book club!!! Life in the Caymans keeps looking better and better! Love the scones – I'm sure that delicious looking jam and cream didn't hurt either!
    Mary x

  44. Your bookclub always sounds like great fun. Will take the book recommendation, and the scones look fab – your photos really capture the atmosphere. Love the face mask too – I'll bet cream is very moisturising 🙂

  45. Looks like you guys had a great time! I'll have to check out the book too. The scones look delicious!

  46. You make the scones so tempting with the cream and jam on top, lovely.

  47. You guys look like a blast! Those scones look amazing too. I always forget to make them!

  48. Love your scones à la Cayman with the mango and love the touch of apple juice in them. Boy, that sounds an 'interesting' book. Scandalous! What fun and looked like great fun at your club (well no wonder if you're around!)

  49. I love scones so much and these look so yummy with the jam and cream! I have not read that book yet but it definitely sounds interesting…

  50. ha-I knew the jam had to be mango! The book club sounds like a lot of fun especially when you incorporate baking!
    Scones sound perfect for an afternoon tea and these do look tasty.

  51. Great pictures! Especially the one with you in it =)
    I bet they were amazing!

  52. That looks like so much fun! My book club isn't so inventive in the kitchen (most vote chipotle after club…), but I've baked some treats for them before. 🙂 Never had mango jam, by the way! Isn't that very intense in flavor?

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