Candied Kumquat Scones with Crystallized Ginger

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Scones with Candied Kumquats and Crystallized Ginger

Kumquat SconesA few days ago I started experimenting with Kumquats. My last recipe was all about Candying the Kumquats (it’s pretty easy, all you need are Kumquats -naturally, Sugar and Water). So now I’ve got these Candied Kumquats… what do I do with them? Well, they are delicious over ice cream, and you can eat them plain, or you can bake with them. I started playing around in the kitchen, and came up with a few recipes.

When my daughter came home from school she says, “mmmmm, smells good! what are you baking?”….  I told her Scones with Candied Kumquats and Crystallized Ginger she stopped dead in her tracks.

What?

Ok, so these are a little more… what’s the word?…. exotic? than I usually make.

But!

The flavors are great. The Candied Kumquat gives the scones a nice citrus punch, and I used the syrup to add a flavor all through the scone. And the crystallized ginger? well… much like the Kumquats, it was an impulse purchase, so I figured that since they both came from the same impulse, they belonged together in the same scone. Follow the logic? At any rate, it works, match made in Candied heaven.
enjoy!

 Candied Kumquat Scones Recipe

Scones with Candied Kumquats and Crystallized Ginger

Ok, before you say things like “this is too complicated” or “I just want to eat plain scones” Kumquat Sconebe aware that these scones are no more complicated than your average scone (that is, not complicated at all) and they are delicious. The Candied Kumquat gives them a nice flavor. As for the kids? Don’t spend a ton of time elaborating about the “things” in the scones… just feed them the scones, the flavors aren’t so strong that they will turn away.

If you’ve seen my recipe for making Candied Kumquats, you know just how easy it is to make them. But, you can buy them in a jar. As for the Crystallized Ginger? The sweet bite goes well with the citrus…but, if it just seems like too much for you to deal with, you can reduce the amount, or leave it out entirely.

Scones are fairly easy, and I do have a few tricks to show you to insure success. The BIGGEST SECRET to successful scones? Frozen Butter. Seriously. Keep some butter in the freezer at all times, and your scones will always come out light and perfect.

I often sprinkle Turbinado Sugar (Sugar in the Raw) over my scones before baking… gives them a sweet crunch. You can find Turbinado Sugar in the baking aisle at the grocery store, or in the little brown packets at the local coffee bar (not that I’m suggesting you slip a few extra bags of Sugar in the Raw into your purse while grabbing your morning latte…. this is just for identification purposes…. ) (but, should you need to investigate further, I’d suggest 4 packets).

As usual, I’ve added step-by-step photos of the process.

Enjoy

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 6 Tbl FROZEN Butter
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Syrup from Candied Kumquats
  • 3/4 to 1 cup Chopped Candied Kumquats
  • 1 to 4 Tbl. Crystallized Ginger – chopped
  • Turbinado Sugar for Sprinkling over the top

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Prepare your ingredients…
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and sugar… whisk them together, and set aside.
In a small bowl or large measuring cup, combine the heavy cream and the eggs… whisk them together, and set aside.
Chop your candied Kumquats up a bit. You aren’t trying to make a puree, just a rough chop is ok (unless you really do have people who go nuts when they see big “things” in the scones, then pulverize away).
Chop the crystallized ginger a bit…. same instructions as the Kumquats.
Measure out the Kumquat syrup… you can put it in with the cream and eggs if the counter is getting crowded.

Put a sheet of Parchment paper onto your baking sheet
Get out the cheese grater.

Ok… ready now.

Grab the butter out of the freezer, and grate it directly into the flour.
Then… using your finger tips, rub the butter shreds into the flour. You want to have as little contact as possible with your hot little hands. Just rub, toss, rub, toss…. you are looking to incorporate the butter, but not make it vanish altogether. It will still look bumpy.

Add the candied Kumquat and crystallized ginger… toss with your fingers to mix and separate. You want the additions to be all through the scones, not just lumped.

Now… add the liquid – cream, eggs and syrup… Use a spatula or big spoon to stir it all up until it’s ALMOST mixed together.

Dump the batter out onto a lightly floured surface, or a sheet of waxed paper (I prefer the waxed paper… makes clean up a snap).
-If on floured surface, knead a few times, then transfer to baking sheet and pat to a flat round disk
-If on waxed paper, bring the sides up to shape the scone batter into a disk-like shape, then flip out onto the parchment paper

Score the scone with a serrated knife
Sprinkle with Turbinado Sugar

Bake 25 minutes
(while it’s baking, you can do a bit of clean up, set some coffee on to brew, and maybe go grab the newspaper)
Bing

Take the scones out of the oven. Set on a cooling rack in the pan.
Using the serrated knife, cut the scones along the score lines into pieces.

You can transfer the scones directly to the cooling rack from the pan using the parchment paper to lift them.

Eat.

I find these are quite yummy warm, but the flavor develops over the course of the day…. so, have one for breakfast, and save one for a bedtime snack.

 Combine the Dry Stuff in A Mixing Bowl

Flour, Baking Powder, Sugar

 Chop up Your Candied Kumquat

Just a Rough Chop is Good

Candied Kumquat

Chop the Crystallized Ginger

Smaller than this is Good… Yes, you can leave it out if you don’t want to use it….

 Candied Ginger

Grate the Butter into the Dry Ingredients

Don’t Get your Knuckles!

Scone Technique

Go kind of fast, or your hands will get all schmeary.

Add the Kumquat and Ginger to the Flour/Butter Mix

 Kumquat Scone

Toss to Incorporate the Bits

Notice…you can see bits of fruit, and even bits of butter

Scone Technique

Add the Wet Stuff to the Dry Stuff

Cream, Eggs, Syrup… stir to mix

scone technique

Dump out of the Bowl When it Looks Like This

I use the Waxed Paper Method… it’s easier to clean up

 scone technique

Pat to a Circle (ok, or square) and Turn Onto the Parchment Paper

kumquat scone

Score the Dough, then Sprinkle with Turbinado Sugar

Yes, you can use table sugar, or leave it out altogether

Kumquat Scone

Bake 25 minutes

Let Cool a few (3 or 4) minutes, and then cut the pieces

 Kumquat Scone

Ready to Eat

 Candied Kumquat Scone

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