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Orange Almond Scones

Harry & David Bake Shop Scone Mix

Harry & David Bake Shop Scone Mix

Delicious Orange Almond Scones fresh out of your RV convection oven is a wonderful way to start your morning.   I have always had good luck with these mixes and the ingredients label is relatively short and simple. It shouldn’t scare you away. Instead of a recipe, I wanted to focus more on the process, the tools used, and some tips including a substitution idea.

The only added ingredients are 1/2 cup of water and 1/3 cup of fresh cream.  Not many RVers keep fresh cream on hand as a staple.  On the other hand, I almost always have milk and butter.  For this substitution unsalted butter is best, but if all you have is salted, it will still work.  Butter comes from cream after being churned and separated from the buttermilk.  So, I melt 2 tablespoons of butter and add enough milk to bring it up to the 1/3 cup needed.  Problem solved.

Make a depression in the mix and then add water and cream.

Make a depression to add liquids.

In my lightweight stainless mixing bowl I add the mix and then make a depression to pour in the water and cream.  Once mixed together you will get a soft dough.

Notice that I have removed my pastry mat from under the stove top covers and placed it on top.  I will be using it shortly. If you missed my tip on using the pastry mat to keep your stove top clean, you can review it here.

After the dough is formed, turn it out on a lightly floured surface.  I love Wondra for this purpose.  It does the job keeping the dough from sticking but doesn’t add a lot of additional bulk to the mix.  Knead the dough 5 or 6 times.

Use Wondra and Knead 5 or 6 times

Use Wondra and Knead 5 or 6 times.

 Note:   You could use your countertop mixer for this, but for such a simple task it is much easier for cleanup to do it by hand.

Cut dough in half forming two equal ball shapes.

Cut dough in half forming two equal ball shapes.

 After the dough has been kneaded, work it into a ball and cut it in half.  I use a sharp serrated edge knife for this and I am careful not to cut into my pastry mat. One at a time flatten each ball of dough into a 6 inch circle with the center slightly higher than the edges.  My pastry mat has a 6 inch Tart Circle drawn on it for a guide.

Flatten dough with higher center.

Flatten dough with higher center.

Slice into 4 equal pieces

Slice into 4 equal pieces

Using the knife, evenly slice each circle into 4 pie shaped pieces.   Place the scones on a 1/4 baking sheet.  I have silicone liners for my baking sheets.  These really help for even baking results.

Pop the scones on the 2 inch rack inside a preheated 425 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. If your oven has a turntable, be sure to turn it to OFF.

Bake on 2" rack in 425 degree oven'

Bake on 2″ rack in 425 degree oven’

Now you have plenty of time to do clean up on all the tools you have used thus far.  Don’t forget to dry and put that pastry mat back under your stove top covers.  No countertop is safe from hot out of the oven surfaces.  I have small cooling racks that are just the right size to fit my 1/4 baking sheets.  Check the scones after 10 minutes.  They are done when the edges just begin to darken.  Don’t overbake or they will be too crumbly.

Cooling Rack - Save your countertops from damage

Cooling Rack – Save your countertops from damage

Remove the scones from the oven and place the baking sheet on the cooling rack.  Once cool enough to touch, you can transfer the scones directly to the cooling rack.  Washing of the baking pan and silicone liner are a breeze.  Nothing sticks!

1/4 Aluminum Baking Sheet with Silicone Liner

1/4 Aluminum Baking Sheet with Silicone Liner

According to the directions, you are done.  BUT, I like my scones lightly frosted with a little extra sweetness.  Once the scones have cooled to the touch I transfer them to a plate. Next I mix 2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar in a small bowl with about a teaspoon of milk.  Go very lightly on the milk until you reach that desired drizzle consistency.  Drizzle the mixture by spoonfuls lightly over the tops of the scones and let set for a few minutes.

Orange Almond Scone

Orange Almond Scones


Delicious? Yes!

Easy?  Yes!

And with the right tools, it is even easier yet.


RV KITCHEN TIP: Crumbs Through The Cracks

Stovetop Covers (101 of 1)

Cracks happen in ALL stove top covers.

Here it is, my first tip.  Many RV stove tops are covered to provide additional counter space.  Great idea!  BUT, those covers have to be removable in order to access the burners.  Enter cracks.  There has to be cracks whether your covers are removable or on hinges.  When you’re working on the extra counter space crumbs happen.  And when crumbs happen, they just love to find their way down through those cracks onto your stove top. Ugh!  What makes it even worse is that those crumbs can go beyond the stove top and down below into that no man’s land that is so difficult to clean underneath the stove top.

I got so tired of removing the covers and having to clean my stove BEFORE I could use it.  My solution?  A pastry mat.  Yep!

Pastry Mat aka Stove Top Protector

Pastry Mat aka Stove Top Protector

The silicone pastry mat that was taking up space rolled up in a cupboard became my stove top cover.  It fits perfectly over a three burner stove top and provides a water resistant barrier to protect my stove top.  Now when I lift those covers to use my stove top, I carefully remove the pastry mat, shake any gathered crumbs into the trash and give the mat a quick wipe.  Then I roll it up and set it aside (or use if I’m baking). After the dishes are done and stove is clean, the mat goes back to work in its convenient spot.

RVers know that storage space is a precious commodity in this lifestyle.  When an item can serve multiple purposes, that’s a big bonus!  And BTW … I just love this mat for baking, kneading dough by hand, and rolling out pie crusts and pizza dough.  If you have more uses for a pastry mat, please post them in the comments for the benefit of all.

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