In an attempt to not seem totally scatterbrained I warning you in advance there is no real rhyme or reason to this post. Just a smattering of thoughts.
First- I love Starbuck’s cinnamon scones. Nathan loved them first and I was alway puzzled why he would order one. Then I started to take nibbles of his and fell in love. I don’t think they still have them after they did their most recent pastry revamp. I haven’t dared to look close enough into the pastry case to tell.
What was so great about those scones? The level of cinnamon. I know that sounds strange when speaking of a scone named for the spice but it had so many layers. And was SO cinnamony (is that a word?). Perfect paired with a strong cup of black coffee.
Second- Did you know there is such thing as cinnamon chips? I have attempted cinnamon scones before and they weren’t quite right. Most recipes I ran across called for these cinnamon chips. But what is in them? Surely I can make good scones with out them right? Enter Thomas Keller. You know from Bouchon Bakery and French Laundry? Apparently they MAKE a cinnamon chip of sorts to put in their scones. Of course they do. No one is surprised. Even less surprising was I made them instead of buying chips. It is the way I roll.
Yes these chips takes some advance planning as they need to be frozen first but they are awesome. You can at least thank me that I picked a different scone recipe because Thomas Keller’s requires two hours of refrigeration and creme fraiche. Two things I just don’t have patience for right now.
Third- Work is going well. I brought these scones in to work on Wednesday. Apparently that was all it took to swiftly fall into my co-workers good graces. I work in a small office with only two other co-workers and my boss. It is sweet and intimate and I feel at home. Especially now that I have cooked for them. It is something I do for people I like.
Fourth- After making this recipe I realized it utilized half a pound of butter and nearly a cup of rich cream. Heck yes. I firmly believe fat doesn’t make you fat. Too many calories does. So embrace the butter and the cream. It is good for you.
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Cinnamon Honey Cubes
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 tablespoon honey
3 cups all-purpose Flour
1/3 cup sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 sticks (1 Cup) unsalted butter
3/4 cups heavy cream
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoon heavy cream
To make the cinnamon honey cubes: Add the flour, sugar, and cinnamon to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add the butter and toss until the pieces are coated in the dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until no large visible pieces of butter remain. Stir in the honey with a rubber spatula until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Turn the paste out onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a 4-inch square. Wrap the mixture and freeze for at least 2 hours (or up to 1 week).
To make the scones: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and baking powder. Cut butter into pieces, then cut into dry ingredients with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Remove the cinnamon honey cube from the freezer and chop into pieces with a large chefs knife. Stir into the mix. Mix together cream, egg, and vanilla extract. Pour into flour/butter mixture, stirring gently with a fork to combine.
Turn onto work surface (mixture will be very crumbly and falling apart.) Gently press together on the sides as you flatten (or roll, with a rolling pin) the top. Form either into a large circle or a large rectangle. Mix together the 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 1/2 teaspoons of heavy cream, stirring with a fork. Sprinkle over the top of the dough, lightly pressing. Cut into wedges (from a circle) or triangles (from a rectangle.) Transfer to a cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Impress your new coworkers.