I had a Bridget Jones moment yesterdayafternoon, the one where she runs through the snow with no pants on,that kind of moment. It started to rain quite unexpectedly, andthough this has been happening a lot in the past years, we arenevertheless surprised every time, since we don´t get used tothis semi-tropical weather. Parts of this city become quite amess when it rains wildly. Messy is a nice word for flooded, the kindwhere cars can end up drifting past your window like boats. There were someadvances made by the city government, new pipes to aid in the overflowing of anearby stream and such, but the haunting memories of past huge floods stilllinger.
My mom had an old car she left parked in mystreet. She didn´t use it and I live in a quite populated neighborhood so itwas supposed to be a good idea. A year ago I personally saw as my mom´scar drifted away like a paper boat in a bathtub. Now, I have my father´s carparked outside my house. He left on a two week trip a few days ago, and, aftertaking him to the airport I left his car here until he comes back, since helives 30 km from my house. And when something like that happens once youcan argue it was bad luck, but twice is human stupidity. And thehuman in this scenario would be me.
So,the rain was starting to fall heavily, my dad´s car was parked outside justlike my mother´s had been 2 years ago, and I had a bunch of fresh laundryhanging outside. My firstreaction was to go to the terrace to pick up the clothes, since I had justwashed them, and somehow, the idea of a second wash was worse than calling mydad to tell him that his car had turned into a boat… I realize now that mymind was not very cooperative.
Anyway, Iput on my crocs and darted outside, picking my wet items as fast as I could. Itwas in the middle of that chore, when I realized I was wearing a t-shirt, mycrocs and my underwear. Nothing else. And, since my terrace light was onand it was starting to get dark, the building across the street was havinga view to remember. But as I became aware of my situation, I realized that therain had almost stopped, so I was simply this maniac woman, withhalf her clothes on that didn´t really fit with the whole picture.
Well,I calmly went inside, and decided to make some nice, warm, flaky scones. Thekind you have the urge to bake when you want some comfort food, or it´sraining… Or are terribly embarrassed. Or all of the above. Nothing beats a warmscone on a rainy day. And nothing beats squishing dough with my hands inan attempt to erase the shame. Iate them while playing the scene over and over again, just like Bridget and herfireman pole experience. So it´s fair to say I had two Bridget Jones moments yesterday…
APRICOT FLAKY SCONES
adaptedfrom Baking For All Occassions, by Flo Braker
The author writes about chilling the dough in arectangle and folding it onto itself three times before cutting the scones witha knife into wedges. I just went my usual route which is described below. Iglazed some with milk, some with cream and used white and brown sugar. Istill like them plain, no glaze. If you like a crunchy, sweet crust I suggestthe milk/white sugar glaze.
Makes 8 scones
3cups (390g) all-purposeflour
1/3cup + 2Tbs (90g) sugar
2½ teaspoons baking powder
½teaspoon baking soda
6oz. (170g) coldunsalted butter, cut into pieces
¾cup (115g) choppedmoist dried apricots
½cup (70g) choppedcashew nuts
2teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1cup well-shaken cold buttermilk (or 2 Tbs lemon juicemixed with 1 cup whole milk)
Linea baking sheet with parchment paper. (I didn´t have any).
Ina large bowl put flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt together. Mix wellwith a fork.
Scatterthe butter pieces over the flour mixture. With a pastry blender or the palm ofyour hands (I used my hands) work everything together untilthe butter is the size of peas. Stir apricots, nuts and zest.
Drizzlethe buttermilk over the surface, and quickly mix everything together with afork until it becomes a shaggy mass. Withlightly floured hands turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Pat lightly,kneading only if needed, and cut circles or wedges.
Arrangethem on the baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Preheatoven to 400º while scones are in the fridge.
Glazescones with your choice of milk, cream or buttermilk and sprinkle any sugar youwant. Or just leave them plain.
Bakefor 20 to 25 minutes, until golden and risen.
Transferto a wire rack and cool a bit. Serve warm.