Monday, August 25, 2014

Lemon & Lavender Scones & An Introduction From Rachel

Let me just start out by saying that all of your posts in this blog have helped me develop my passion for food and cooking. I've been referring to this blog during the last couple years, and I consider it one of my major text books. I wasn't afraid to try any of them, because I knew all the recipes would come out amazing! Joseph, I have made your "Make Your Indian Co-Workers Jealous Lentils" & "Non-dairy Quinotto" countless times. Anna, I couldn't have impressed my friends out on the trail without your "Russian Teacakes" & "Channa Masala" recipe. Those are just a few examples. If I haven't attempted to create all of your recipes, please know I have studied them and have taken note of your awesomeness. Good job, fellow Heininges, and thank you.

Anyway, Mom recently added me as an author for the blog, and I am honored. I see this is the first post since 2012, and I hope this post can end our blog's long hiatus.

I decided to dedicate my first post to my Lemon & Lavender Scones. If you have yet to try one of these, I suggest you get a hold of some lavender buds and get in the kitchen. I don't mean to brag, but they are very delightful and pretty easy to make. I adapted this from a couple recipes I've found on Pinterest. They are a basic lavender flavored quick bread, but what really makes these stand out is the tangy and sweet lemon glaze that is spread over them. These are great to have for breakfast with a fresh cup of coffee.

Makes 8 medium sized scones (can be doubled for 16.)
Total Prep Time: 30-40 minutes.
Oven Temp: 400 degrees.
Kitchen-Aid mixer not recommended. 

1/3 cup - sugar
2 heaping teaspoons - lavender buds
2 cups - all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon - baking powder
1/4 teaspoon - baking soda
1/2 teaspoon - salt
1/2 cup - frozen unsalted butter
1/2 cup - Plain Greek yogurt
1 egg

1 cup - powdered sugar
3 tablespoons - melted unsalted butter
1 teaspoon - vanilla
2 tablespoons - fresh squeezed lemon juice

1. Preheat oven, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine sugar and lavender with your fingers until the buds have opened and split, created a sort of lavender flavored sugar. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until dry ingredients are combined.
3. Using the large holes of a cheese grater, grate entire stick of butter into flour mixture. Once the grating is complete, stir the butter into the flour until it resembles course meal. This shouldn't take very long at all, because grating the butter makes it easier to to get the consistency you need. 
4. In a small separate bowl, mix the greek yogurt and the egg together until fully combined. Add it to the flour & butter mixture and stir until the dough feels moist and starts to clump together, but do not overmix. Using your hands, begin shaping the dough into one ball, folding in the sides and remaining flour mix. 
5. Once your ball has formed, place it on a lightly floured surface. Flatten your dough with a roller, making about a 7-8" circle, about 3/4-1" thick. Using a knife or pizza cutter, slice your dough into 8 triangles, like a pizza. Place them on your ungreased parchment paper about 2 inches apart, and let them bake for 15 minutes. Once they are done, let them cool for about 10 minutes. 
6. To make your glaze, combine powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Spread over baked scones, and let them sit until the glaze has settled and hardened. 
7. Scones can be garnished with remaining lavender buds for a lovely presentation. 




  1. Awesome! Way to take up the torch! I promise I will start posting more. I actually just came here today to find the recipe for cheaters key lime pie! This site is a great way to consolidate the family recipes under one roof!

    1. Please do! Bestow your new southern wisdom onto us