Easy Scones Recipe and You Can’t Change Me

by Pamela

Cranberry Walnut Scones

Cranberry Walnut Scones

I broke one of my cardinal rules this weekend…I used an alarm clock to wake up.  While that might not seem like a big deal, I just find the entire concept of using an alarm clock, on the weekend, to be sacrilege.  It’s just not right.  Of course, it’s my own fault I had to perform this obscene act.  I had a meeting Saturday morning which required that I bring something to eat.  Had I not been perfecting the fine art of procrastination, I would not have had to get up at the ass crack of dawn to make my contribution.  Cranberry Walnut Scones!

Because I don’t fully function before noon (yes, I am up and working before noon…but my functionality is spotty at best) I was amazed that I got all of the ingredients into my scones and didn’t try to pull them out of the oven sans mitts (yep, I’ve done that before and it took about 6 months to get the feeling back in my fingers…but since I still had fingerprints I couldn’t change my career to high end jewel thief and now you get to read my blog).

I’ve had this healthy and really easy scone recipe for some time, but due to my lack of pre-planning I was missing a couple of the major ingredients.  I wasn’t about to run down to the grocery store in my pajamas to pick up flour and buttermilk.  Plus, I figured that I probably had enough ingredients on hand to do some ingredient swaps without drastically changing the scones.  My cupboards are bulging with various types of flours and there’s a perfectly good buttermilk hack that can be used with regular milk.  I’ll share this with you at the bottom of the recipe.

Changing ingredients when baking can be a bit dangerous.  Not that anyone is going to get hurt or die from the substitutions, but baking is literally a science.  There are specific ratios that need to be followed and certain ingredients that need to be present, if they are listed in the recipe.  Make the wrong changes and you could be looking at a cake that looks more like a pancake than something to frost, put candles on and induce people to break into off key singing.  But I like taking chances so I really changed this one up quite a bit.

Relationship Advice

A new feature I’m adding to my relationship advice is called: The Cardinal Rules of Relationships.  From time to time I will list one of the cardinal rules of relationships (think of them as the 10 Commandments only these have immediate ramifications if you break them) and then break it down.  Today’s Cardinal Rule: Women Can Not Change Men.

Most women have a tendency to try to fix things.  I’m not talking about that broken railing or DVR, that’s what they have handsome repairmen for…that and to give us some eye candy to look at when they show up the last 15 minutes of the 4 hour window of time they have made us wait for them.

I’m talking about that “broken” facet of a guy that keeps him from throwing his socks in the hamper, looking at attractive women that pass before his eyes when he’s out and about (even when he’s with you) or that he has a standing tee time with his buddies every Saturday at 6 a.m.  Is that something that’s really “broken” or is that something that you just don’t like?  Because these things are your problems, you should not try to turn them around to make them his problems.  He’s obviously fine with these things, that’s why he does them.

If you keep nagging him about these things and trying to tell him how to act and how not to act, he’s going to look at you like you are his mother.  For the record, that’s  not a good thing.  We’re not talking about an Oedipus complex (that’s a topic for another day) which, in this case would actually be a quasi-positive thing.  No, we’re talking about pure resentment.  The kind of thing that will make him start sneaking around to do the things he wants to do.  Which begets another problem, this one is a significant problem.

Good relationships are based on mutual trust, not on dysfunctional craziness where one person is, either real or perceived,  in charge of another (see “Real Houswives of….” insert any city here).  I’m not saying that guys don’t/never change…I’m saying that a guy is not going to change just because you try to verbally beat him into submission.  He will change if and when he wants to, but the decision to change has to come from inside of himself.

Makes 16 Scones


  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar (plus more for sprinkling)
  • 4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup Dried Cranberries (chopped)
  • 1 Cup Walnuts (chopped to small pieces)
  • Zest of 2 Lemons or 1 Orange
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger (chopped fine)
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk*


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.

Lightly oil 2 baking sheets.

Sift both flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium size bowl.

Cut in the butter until coarse crumbs form.  (You can do this with your hands or with a mixer.)

Add in cranberries, walnuts and lemon or orange zest.

Add in enough buttermilk until a soft dough is formed.  Start by adding only 1/2 cup, mix, then add more buttermilk if needed.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.

Knead the dough until all ingredients are evenly distributed (this won’t be long).

Split the dough into 2 even balls.

Pat out the dough ball to 3/4″ thick.

Cut into 8 triangles and put each triangle onto a baking sheet.  Leave at least 1″ between each scone.

Do the same with the remaining dough.

Optional: lightly sprinkle each scone with sugar.

Bake for 15 – 18 minutes.  They’re done when they have a golden brown color.

*Buttermilk Hack – Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk.  Let sit for 5 minutes then use as needed.


Natasha Cardinez-Singh June 22, 2010 at 6:11 am

These changes turned out great, I must say. Feel like having one of these with my coffee this morning!

Sara June 20, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I really appreciate the alarm clock philosophy, the yummy scones, and the relationship advice. You’re like the trifecta of the blogging world.

Since you don’t normally function before noon, do you do most of your baking at night? I find I can’t even think about it until after 5.

Pamela June 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Sara – Thank you! Yep, I too do most of my best baking after 5 pm. However I am not as motivated to clean up after myself when I get done late. Oh the dilemma (lol).

magic of making up June 20, 2010 at 7:47 am

Very nice information.

socoda June 18, 2010 at 7:43 am

I love your hilarious post! I can totally relate to the ass crack of dawn although I tend not to get up to cook at that time – its more likely to be the 1am routine – because I plan everything so bloody carefully that by the time I start to cook its at a ridiculous time of night or I have seriously underestimated my cooking/mixing times and again end up cooking at some stupid hour. Yours scones look fantastic and I will definately have to give them a go – might even try at a sane cooking time. And PLEASE keep up the good work with the commandments.

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking June 17, 2010 at 10:32 am

oh, scones was a long time ago! it looks like an amazing recipe, mm. I think I’m gonna have to make that for the weekend.

cna training June 17, 2010 at 1:11 am

Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

lisaiscooking June 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I don’t use alarm clocks on weekends either. Unfortunately, my cat doesn’t understand that! Scones are my favorite breakfast bread, and yours sound great with the cranberries, walnuts, and ginger.

Pamela June 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Lisa – I understand that is a bit of an issue with cats. We have trained our dog to not wake us up unless it’s an emergency (2 a.m. potty runs occasionally occur though). Of course, I think she finally realized her efforts were futile.

Lentil Breakdown June 16, 2010 at 7:04 am

Is it ok to nag for another one of your scones?

Pamela June 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Adair, it’s totally fine and I would never consider a request for food nagging. 😉 Alas, they are gone. But I’ve got cupcakes now…interested?

penny aka jeroxie June 16, 2010 at 6:56 am

Great relationship advice. No one likes a nag.

marla {family fresh cooking} June 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Pamela, love the scones. Part of the reason I don’t bake is I can’t stand missing the ingredients that make up the chemistry of the goodies. I also can’t be in the same house with food like this. They would be gone before they cooled. Nope, you cannot change the innate structure of a man….nor can they change us 🙂 xo

Pamela June 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Marla – I don’t keep stuff like this around the house for very long either. This went straight from the oven to my meeting. Craig tends to eat all the sweets. I can’t have a bag of potato chips around. 😉

Chef Dennis – Thanks for the compliment. I am trying to spread the word, but alas there are doubters of my wisdom. 🙂

Claudia – I hope you enjoy them.

Chef Dennis June 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

great scone recipe!!! and if only more women understood……sigh

pegasuslegend June 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I have to tell you have been looking for a good scone recipe and this one is it, love the buttermilk in here,., will be trying this soon, printing this one thanks !

sippitysup June 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

Having been one of the lucky people at your meeting I can say I got to taste these and they are terrific. Great seeing you as always. GREG

Lynne @ CookandBeMerry June 14, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Oooh, I love a nice warm scone, just out of the oven, with my morning coffee. And these look awesome!

Belinda @zomppa June 14, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Well said, sister!

Pamela June 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Greg – Great to see you as well. Looking forward to our next market challenge.

Lynne – I’ll trade you scones for more of your chicken salad.

Belinda – Oh if only more people would believe this simple concept.

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