Just because I’m a single girl, and not running after kids and a husband, doesn’t mean I have all the time in the world to whip up gourmet creations from scratch. My life is busy, and I’m usually trying to keep an entire truck load of balls in the air at the same time. Mornings can pose the biggest challenge of balancing the need for speed and the desire for an interesting meal. Cereal is an obvious option, but there’s only so many bowls of Cap’n Crunch and Fruity Pebbles you can eat, right? (Actually, the answer to that question is False. Cap’n Crunch and Fruity Pebbles will always be a guilty pleasure for me. Don’t judge. Hey Quaker & Post – time to come out with organic versions, dontcha think?)
But sometimes I don’t feel like eating cereal for breakfast. Sometimes I want to feel upscale without going through all the trouble of cooking before 8am. My solution? Turning plain old scone mix into fancy-schmancy scones. Here’s how I do it.
I start with a just-add-water scone mix. Here’s a link to a yummy mix by Stonewall Kitchen. There are also other just-add-water scone mixes out there, so use your favorite.
Instead of adding water, I add Dry Lavender Soda. It adds just a hint of lavender in the background of the scones. I also add about 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract. (Maybe a splash more, if I’m feeling extra sassy.)
If you have the supplies on hand, you can bump up the schmancy factor by adding about a teaspoon of lemon zest and a sprinkling of food-grade lavender. (Be sure it’s food-grade lavender and not the scented kind you put in sachets. That stuff tastes horrible. Trust me on this.)
Stir until just combined. (Be sure not to overmix or you’ll have dense scones.)
And for some real over-the-top decadence, and a feeling of international sophistication, I suggest adding a little English Clotted Cream. Diet food? No. Super delicious and worth the extra hour of cardio to burn off all those extra calories? Abso-lavender-lutely!