friends, lovers and scones: blackberry scones


Vacation starts in 9 days and while things should be winding down, my dear sweet husband is working harder than ever. For the past 3 months, Cornelius has been in lock-down mode and despite the occasional sleeps and nutrition breaks, it’s been nothing but work-work-work. Friends are always wondering how the husband is since he’s been in hideout mode. Luckily, he works from home and I still get kisses and long, desperate hugs but I can’t wait for these last few days to end. I want to be holding hands in the outdoors and to spend all my waking and unwaking moments with him by my side with nary a computer in sight.

When he crawled into bed at 7:30 a.m. the other morning, I knew he’d appreciate a freshly baked treat upon waking. So I went to my old standby scone which is known around here as Molly’s Scone, since the basic recipe came from the always lovely Orangette. I took the recipe, threw in some freshly frozen blackberries and wrestled with the suddenly very sticky dough. The berries added extra moisture and the batter seemed to take on a life of its own, but I continued kneading as best I could and prepared the scones for baking. The results were worth the trouble. I feared leaden nuggets of purple dough but the scones were light and jammy and so delicious! It made for a perfect breakfast with strong coffee and needed hugs.

And speaking of Molly, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting her and her newly bethrothed husband, Brandon. Last week while I was fretting over pie dough, I received a phone call from the honeymooning couple who had just arrived in Vancouver and we immediately set up a Saturday morning brunch date at a local restaurant. I’m always a bit nervous meeting new people, but Molly is as friendly and lovely as you might expect (as is Brandon with his cute as a button curls!) and any fears I had about meeting them, melted away immediately. After breakfast, some poking about in shops, and the discovery that we had actual real-life friends in common, we departed ways and will definitely make plans to meet up again. Blogging, it’s an amazing thing!

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22 comments to “friends, lovers and scones: blackberry scones”

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    Katerina   August 17, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    I *just* made blackberry scones but haven’t posted on them yet. Yours look fabulous! Mine were so good I wished I had made a double batch.

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    Joanne   August 17, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Hey…what a coincidence, we’re leaving in two weeks for our vacation in glorious Greece. It will be my 7th time there and my husband’s first. Pictures to be posted on Flickr upon my return.

    Wow, those scones look divine and juicy. I have made scones only once before using your recipe for vanilla ginger scones and they were so easy and tasted so much better than the scones I occasionally pick up from the supermarket. I’ve been so lazy lately…not at all in cooking and baking mode. Now that I’m working, I come home and don’t care about being creative in the kitchen. I hope this faze passes.

    Nice to know that you aren’t too leery about meeting your blog fans & commentors ;) Perhaps in the not too distant future…?

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    hag   August 17, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    I love blackberries too! and all of your dishes look great! We are really lucky to have the free blackberries in Vancouver… makes up for the high rents!!! I think it is so cool you met up with Molly and her new husband… it is really amazing how people can connect these days. Glad to hear she is as nice as she seems in her blog. Have a great time in Europe!

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    VeggieGirl   August 17, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    your scones look stunning! it’s so fun reading about fellow bloggers meeting each other – it’s nice to meet those that you “know” from the blogging world :0)

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    Tartelette   August 17, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Good to hear that some time off is near. Well deserved. These scones look amazing! I had the pleasure to meet and spend 5 days with Lisa of La Mia Cucina and I totally agree with you that blogging is an amazing thing!

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    kickpleat   August 18, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    blackberry scones are so good, katerina! i want to see your recipe!

    homemade scones are the best, joanne. but i can understand not being in baking mode. have a great vacation!

    hag, free blackberries are the best! and yes, they totally offset all the high rents and housing prices in vancouver! haha.

    thanks veggiegirl. it was great meeting another food blogger and i hope to meet more :)

    yes, tartelette, i can’t wait for some time off! blogging is wonderful for meeting friends and getting to know people from all over. i love it.

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    Molly   August 18, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Gorgeous scones, lady! Gorgeous, gorgeous. And thank you for the sweet words about our breakfast and stroll on Main! We loved it too! Can’t wait to see you again (and meet Cornelius) – hopefully soon. xo

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    cara   August 19, 2007 at 8:49 am

    mmm these look really good, i don’t have black berries though… do you think i could use some frozen blueberries so i don’t have to go to the store? i fear that the blue berries would be too wet…

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    kickpleat   August 19, 2007 at 9:40 am

    Molly, we’ll definitely meet up again (with Cornelius too!) and thank you for sharing your scone recipe. It makes mornings extra wonderful!

    Cara, yes, I think this would work beautifully with frozen blueberries. Let me know how it works out.

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    cara   August 19, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    ok, i made them and i think i used a bit too many blueberries… but the were still quite yummy! i’ll be making them again but i think next time i’ll sprinkle a small ammount of sugar on top before baking :) overall, tasty scone recipe!

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    Judy   August 19, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    I’m sure my boyfriend would love to wake up to scones like that too. Maybe I should start…

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    Patricia Scarpin   August 20, 2007 at 6:58 am

    Isn’t it wonderful to meet the bloggers we admire? :)
    The scones look delish, what a wonderful reward for the hard working husband! :)

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    Mari   August 20, 2007 at 7:18 am

    I hope you’re still up for a blogger hook-up here in Amsterdam. I’m looking forward to it! Drop me a line and let me know when you’ll have holes in your schedule in between hugging and holding hands with your sweetie. ;-)

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    kickpleat   August 20, 2007 at 9:31 am

    cara, i’m sure they were good even with too many berries! definitely try them again…and yes, i forgot to mention that i also sprinkled sugar on top of the scones too!!

    judy, definitely give them a try! so simple & perfect for boyfriends :)

    it was great meeting another food blogger, patricia!

    mevrouw cupcake, yes, i definitely still want to meet up!! i’ll keep you posted on when we arrive in amsterdam.

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    Anonymous   August 20, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    my hubby has been working hard, as well, I will make him some of these x

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    wendy   August 21, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Yum. My favorite scones are from central market in Houston — they do a bacon-cheese scone that is phenomenal!

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    eatme_delicious   August 21, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    I love scones so I will definitely save this recipe to try. Maybe replace half the flour with whole wheat flour? Lucky that your husband works at home so you can see him for a minute here and there even when he’s busy. :)

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    Jen   August 22, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Have a lovely time in Europe! We just got back from our first trip there–I had many back-entries of blogs to read when I returned. We spent our two weeks in Italy, but I’d love to see nothern Europe sometime, as well.

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    kickpleat   August 23, 2007 at 11:26 am

    anon, this is perfect for a hard-working man :)

    wendy, a bacon-cheese scone sounds awesome!

    eat me delicious, these scones are great with whole wheat flour, in whole or part. it’s an easy recipe to adapt.

    jen, welcome back! i’m so excited since this will be my first time to europe as well!

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    savory-fan   September 3, 2007 at 12:49 am

    Hi! I have just discovered your blog and have to say that you have a new reader! Your recipes are very interesting and absolutely seducing, mouse-watering photos.

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    Ashley   October 24, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    I made these tonight and ate one fresh out of the oven. oh…my…god! sooo good! thanks for sharing the recipe! i can’t wait to have one for breakfast tomorrow.

    love your blog btw :)

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    The Tattered House   January 6, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Hello –

    I’m trying the scone recipe. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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