Last summer, my mom began reading through The Hobbit with my sisters and I. The plan was to read it together as a family over the summer and do fun activities to go along with the story, such as learning to write our names in Dwarvish runes, printing and weathering a copy of the map to Erebor, and trying our hands (and taste buds!) at some of the different foods that are mentioned throughout the book.
One of my favorite scenes in both the book and the film adaption is when Bilbo is just sitting down for a nice, relaxing meal, and is suddenly burst in upon by no less than thirteen very intrusive Dwarves and one very tall grey wizard. As my sisters and I have already seen all three films based on the book (extended editions, in fact), we easily remembered the stacks and stacks of mouth-watering dishes that the little hobbit brought out for his unexpected guests. Now I’ve always loved the idea of the food of Middle-earth, and hope to eventually get around to trying out as many as I can. But there is one item that is explicitly mentioned several times in the book and shows up pretty distinctly in the film, as well: buttered scones.
I did a bit of checking on the internet and easily came up with this very simple recipe for buttered scones (originally from Allrecipes.com). Even though cooking is not my best skill, I decided to try it out and found out very quickly why Dwalin had stuffed his mouth with these fluffy little biscuits.
Fast-forward in time about a year. Nothing is going on on a lazy Friday afternoon, and my sisters and I are bored and wish we had a snack. That’s when I remember my scone recipe and am struck with an idea: why not try making scones with a fruity twist?? The folks of the Shire have delicious strawberries and cream, and they love good food, so it seemed totally plausible to me that they would make some scones with bits of fruit mixed in.
So read on, adventurer, and find out how to make your own delicious Mixed Berry Scones!
(If you want the original recipe, you can print it off from Allrecipes, right here. Of course, I’ll include the instructions in this blog as well, as well as my own variations on it.)
First, I set the oven temperature to begin preheating at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next up, time to mix together the dry ingredients! I combined 3 cups all-purpose flour, ½ cup white sugar, 5 teaspoons baking powder, and ½ teaspoons salt in a large mixing bowl then softened ¾ cups of butter (this usually means the same as one and one-half sticks) in the microwave before cutting it into the mixture of the dry ingredients. In another smaller bowl, I beat together 1 egg and 1 cup of milk.
My sisters and I all worked to make this snack together, so while I was busy mixing up the scone dough, I set them to work with the fruit. One of them chopped a bowl of strawberries into small pieces…
And another did the same to a small apple.
Even though I do call these “Mixed Berry Scones,” it wasn’t all berries that I use in them. The fruits we had selected were strawberries, apples, and dried cranberries. And I didn’t use exact measurement for any of these; I just eyeballed about how much I thought the mix would need, and ended up with something like a one-quarter-cup of each.
Now that I had the two bowls of mixtures, it was time to put them together. I mixed the liquid (egg and milk) mixture into the larger bowl of dry ingredients.
My littlest sister added in the fruit.
One more picture of the fruity scone dough, because the colors are beautiful and I just love them…
After mixing in the fruit pieces, I turned the entire mound of dough out onto the floured counter, to knead for a bit.
I added small amounts of flour until the dough reached a good consistency for rolling out and cutting into individual pieces, then put them on a baking sheet that my sister has greased for me and stuck them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Once they were done, I topped each scone with a bit of butter.
Delicacies straight from the Shire and fit for a hobbit’s pantry! 😀
What is your favorite part of The Hobbit? Which foods from Middle-earth would you most like to try out someday? Would you like to see more recipes from The Elven Padawan in the future? Let us know your answers to these questions, as well as anything else you’re thinking about, in the comments below!