Normally, I make all my baked goods from scratch, but the purpose of my Test Kitchen series is to try ready-made items, mixes and frozen goods that can be found at various stores throughout the country. In this week’s Test Kitchen, I tried out the Lemon Poppyseed Scones by Sticky Fingers Bakeries that I found at my local Whole Foods, but can be found at various retailers. You can visit their store locator to find it near you. Note: my local Whole Foods is not listed, so I recommend calling your store before you go.
Scones are not something that I normally order when I visit a bakery or coffee shop, and it is something I have never made at home. They are a popular sweet treat so I felt it was worth testing out (I love lemon poppyseed anything) and I am glad that I did! The only ingredient you need to add to the mix is water. It really can’t get any easier than that. The scones bake quickly and the texture and taste is what you would expect from a scone; not too sweet and on the drier side. I would give this mix a solid B+ and will definitely purchase again. It will be great to have handy when we have overnight guests and need a little something to go with coffee/tea in the morning.
Pour the mix into a bowl and add 3/4 of a cup of cold water. Mix with a fork until a soft dough forms.Now you have two options; for individual rounded scones, you will place large spoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet and for the classic, triangular scone, which I did, you will form a 10-inch circle in the middle of the baking sheet and score it so that it creates 8 wedges. You can use a knife, a pizza cutter, or a pastry cutter as seen in the photo below.
After 18-20 minutes you will have eight golden scones.
Add your favorite jam, jelly or spread (I suggest raspberry or lemon curd) for extra flavor OR add a sweet lemon drizzle to the top of the scones. All you need is a little powdered sugar and a few drops of lemon juice. Mix until you get a nice drizzle consistency and using a spoon or fork, drizzle over the scones in a back and forth motion.
Look at that crumble!
Let me know what you think.