The Scone Shop

Made from scratch scones - ready for your oven

How Many Times Do We Have to Fail?

In 2006 it took multiple attempts to get my scone recipe right. I would mix up the scone dough, cut it into wedges and then carefully place them in a circle on my cooking sheet. They looked beautiful!

Twelve minutes later, the oven timer buzzed and the mess would appear…batter seeping over the edge, cooked dough bubbling merrily in a thin single circle of goo, not enough baking soda, too much butter, not enough flavor chips. With three sons, they were VERY happy to clean up the mess and keep fingers crossed that there would be more mistakes for a while! I was also teaching preschool at the time so my fellow teachers also benefited from the “rejects”. They didn’t seem to mind either. Hmmm. Sounds like I have an excellent support group doesn’t it?

My neighbors started to get in on it too. I would give them a list of questions and two different recipes of the same flavor. Very thoughtfully they took their job seriously and gave superior feedback.

There was another time when my co-packer (they are a bakery that makes the scones for me now) accidentally mixed up which chips to use in the recipe  resulting in the birth of the Chocolate Cinnachip scone. They was supposed to be Butterscotch Chocolate Chip.  

My favorite was another baking accident when my co-packer used the butterscotch, chocolate AND cinnamon chips all in one recipe! They were AMAZING! I called that one Chips Galore and gave those to my neighbors for Christmas. You probably won't see those on the market. Again they were very supportive and accommodating! Go figure!

My latest flavor attempt has been lemon blueberry. Clips follow from that recipe adventure.

 Don’t use frozen berries or your dough will look like this…..

Don’t use frozen berries or your dough will look like this…..

 Or too much oatmeal turning them into granola hockey pucks.....

Or too much oatmeal turning them into granola hockey pucks.....

 Here’s a photo of willing focus group participants taste testing and giving feedback.

Here’s a photo of willing focus group participants taste testing and giving feedback.

 At one point my canister of sugar ran out and I scavenged sugar packets in one of my cabinets to avoid a mid-recipe grocery run.

At one point my canister of sugar ran out and I scavenged sugar packets in one of my cabinets to avoid a mid-recipe grocery run.

I went through 16 different versions before I hit on the right flavor, texture and type of blueberries!  

The lemon blueberry flavor doesn’t have packaging yet but I’m working on it! You’ll hopefully see and hear more about them in the fall.

Until then keep moving through those failures to find the well earned success on the other side. It'll be worth the effort and like me you may make some more good friends along the way.