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Usually when it comes to cooking and baking, I prefer to do the bare minimum to keep my family from starving. But that all changed when I wrote Mr. Forever. My heroine Olivia makes scones as the specialty of her inn, and I’ve been obsessing about scones ever since.
See, my heroine has been called a “scone sorceress” and “scone goddess.” She’s gotten instant marriage proposals because of her amazing scones. Did I mention she makes plain scones along with two flavors of the day every day? All of this was fabulous in my imaginary writing world until I wanted to connect with my inner goddess and make scones delicious enough that men would take a bite and instantly fall in love. Who wouldn’t, right?
My journey started off on an inspiring note. The drive-thru man at my local coffee shop promised me his pumpkin spice scones were so good they would change my life. Of course, I jumped on that offer. Story research and a new improved life—talk about getting the most out of my four-dollar investment! I took notes at my desk while I ate it. It was good, but I have to admit my life seemed pretty much the same routine of laundry, dishes, groceries, etc.
I was ready to take the next step—making my own scones. At this point I also had some very brown bananas on my counter in desperate need of being turned into banana bread. As I looked up scone recipes, I discovered one for banana scones. Perfect.
Alas, the banana scones were…not perfect. The dough was a sticky, gooey mass. Cutting it into triangle wedges was a disaster. The oddly shaped lumps were edible when they were warm straight from the oven, but they were dry and heavy. Basically, I had managed to bake really bad banana bread. This was not how I envisioned my scone sorceress’s amazing creation would taste, at all.
A few days later I went to a children’s tea party, where the girls sipped hot peppermint tea and nibbled store-bought blueberry scones. These scones were sweet. They weren’t as good as the pumpkin spice scone I’d started my adventure with, but were certainly better than the banana disaster.
I worked up my nerve to try one more recipe. I found one for almond-poppyseed scones. This time the dough shaped nicely, just like the instructions promised, and came out of the oven looking beautiful. I was excited. I tried one, and they were good but not quite as sweet as I hoped. I checked the recipe again. I’d forgotten the sugar! How could I have forgotten such a simple thing? So, I coated them in powdered sugar to make up for it, and they were pretty darn good. But still not perfect.
So, I made another batch—remembering the sugar (duh!) AND adding powdered sugar and sliced almonds after they came out of the oven. This time the dough was a little stickier, but overall they proved to be a sweet, yummy snack. (I had them for snacks and breakfast.)
I’m still working on achieving sorceress status. I don’t need any men to fall instantly in love with me, but I’d love to have my children obey my every command. Anyone have a scone recipe they can offer to help me out?
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