I’ve been waiting for this moment all summer. The moment I envisioned sitting down in my comfy lounge chair on the porch, book and coffee cup in hand, and a plate of some baked good beside me… this morning it was Whole Wheat Blueberry Scones… I walked out the door and my chair was gone.
After strict directions to the kids on what to do for the next 15 minutes, I walked out the door, coffee, book, and warm scones in hand, to finally sit in my lounge chair. I’ve been anticipating this moment all summer long. I was going to spend many moments doing just this and life, work, and busy-ness got in the way.
I’d grabbed a cup of pumpkin spice coffee, whipped up a batch of whole wheat blueberry scones with a sweet tart lemon glaze brushed on top, and headed out the door. This was finally my moment. Or perhaps not. After 3 summers of living here, did someone seriously steal my chair off the porch? Stay calm, everyone, stay calm. No one stole the chair… right?
BUT IT’S GONE. MISSING. No trace.
I dialed up my husband’s work number, and with false calm, asked if he had put the chair in storage. Indeed, he had. One problem solved. I admit my chin may have quivered a bit as I explained that I was standing outside, scones on the table, coffee cup and book in hand, eager to sit there after a long summer of anticipation. I was disappointed. He was disappointed. And there was nothing he could do to fix it.
I didn’t get mad. That’s a plus. Taking time to process, I realized it was disappointment, but it was just a chair, an ideal, a goal. Something that truly is so small on the blip of life that it isn’t worth ruining his or my day over. In a follow up text I made sure he knew I wasn’t angry about it, and in return he shared that he was disappointed FOR me. That means more than any ‘try to fix’.
And those blueberry scones were the best scones I ever ate. All warm and almost flaky inside with crispy buttery edges and the tang of lemon glaze on top. They beat out any other whole wheat scone I’ve ever eaten, but they could have tasted differently.
If I had allowed my disappointment to turn into pointless anger and chosen to let a missing chair ruin my day I could never have enjoyed those bites of straight-from-the-oven deliciousness. and with that, I’m sharing my recipe with you.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter, salted (if unsalted, add extra 1/4 teaspoon salt)
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup dried blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In mixer or food processor:
- Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Cut butter into 1 inch pieces and add to flour mixture, mixing until it becomes a fine crumble.
- Slowly add cream, mixing just until incorporated and makes a thick dough. Do this cautiously as you may need a little less cream.
- Mix dried fruit in by hand.
For mini scones: Form into 2 balls and pat out into 1 inch thick circles on a cutting board or baking sheet – greased or lined with parchment paper.
- Cut each round into 6-8 wedges.
For large scones: Form into 1 ball then pat out to 1 inch thick and cut into 6-8 pieces.
- Place on cookie sheet appr. 1 inch apart.
- Bake 20-25 minutes.
- Let cool a few minutes then brush tops with Lemon Glaze.
- Half cup powdered sugar
- Juice from 1 lemon.