A few days ago I started experimenting with Kumquats. My last recipe was all about Candied 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. The first… Candied Kumquat Scones.
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.
Ok, so these are a little more… what’s the word?…. exotic? than I usually make.
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.
Ok, before you say things like “this is too complicated” or “I just want to eat plain scones”
be 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.
Candied Kumquat Scones with Crystallized Ginger Recipe
Make your own Candied Kumquats
Buy Candied Kumquats
Step By Step Instructions
Combine the Dry Stuff in A Mixing Bowl
Flour, Baking Powder, Sugar
Chop up Your Candied Kumquat
Just a Rough Chop is Good
Chop the Crystallized Ginger
Smaller than this is Good… Yes, you can leave it out if you don’t want to use it….
Grate the Butter into the Dry Ingredients
Don’t Get your Knuckles!
Go kind of fast, or your hands will get all schmeary.
Add the Kumquat and Ginger to the Flour/Butter Mix
Toss to Incorporate the Bits
Notice…you can see bits of fruit, and even bits of butter
Add the Wet Stuff to the Dry Stuff
Cream, Eggs, Syrup… stir to mix
Dump out of the Bowl When it Looks Like This
I use the Waxed Paper Method… it’s easier to clean up
Pat to a Circle (ok, or square) and Turn Onto the Parchment Paper
Score the Dough, then Sprinkle with Turbinado Sugar
Yes, you can use table sugar, or leave it out altogether
Bake 25 minutes
Let Cool a few (3 or 4) minutes, and then cut the pieces
Ready to Eat