Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Scones

Hi, everyone!  I’m overjoyed to be writing this from home (arrived late Sunday night), but instead of an update just yet, this is a warm welcome to a delightful event…

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a baby shower — even longer since I had one.  (My “baby boy” is 30 and my “baby girl” is 27.)  How time flies… and how quickly babies grow up!

That’s why I’m tickled to be part of this virtual event honoring Jenna of Jenna’s Everything Blog.  (For an honest, humorous, heartfelt chronicle of her pregnancy, please click on this link.It’s a joy reading the musings of this first-time-Mom-to-be and I’m still trying to figure out how she does that disappearing belly trick! :)

Today’s hostess is Veronica of Veronica’s Cornucopia and she put a lot of effort into coordinating things.  Thank you!  It was fun to be in on the “secret” from the start; later in this post, there are links to everyone who joined in to surprise Jenna.  (Be sure to stop in and say “hi!”)

Awhile back, Jenna announced that their bundle of joy is a sweet lil’ girl and it made me think of a nursery rhyme I used to read to my own daughter.

Sugar and spice and everything nice,

That’s what little girls are made of.

Which reminded me of a terrific scone recipe… 

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice Scones

2 c. all purpose flour

4 to 6 Tbsp. sugar

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

1/3 c. dried fruit (I used raisins — regular and golden)

1 c. heavy cream, plus more for brushing

Coarse sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 425° F.

In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients with a fork.  Add dried fruit; mix to coat.

Add heavy cream; mix just until dough gathers around the fork.

Turn dough onto a floured surface.  Knead briefly (about 5 seconds); pat into a circle.

Cut dough into wedges; transfer to an ungreased baking sheet.

Brush tops with heavy cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes until tops are golden; cool on a wire rack.

If you’re in the mood for something “sweeter,” drizzle with powdered sugar icing, if desired.

(P.S.  No recipe credit that I know of — it’s been in my recipe box for ages — source unknown.)

In closing, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give something to our “sweetest” guest of honor — baby Alice!

A is for angelic — a gift from heaven above.

L is for the little things Mom will come to know and love.

I is for the intricate way God wove you in her womb.

C is for your countenance that will light up every room.

E is for eternal — you’re in Mom’s heart to stay.

Hello there, dear sweet Alice — Happy Baby Shower Day!

Thanks again for joining us and congratulations, Jenna!  Here are the links…

City Songbird (Greensboro, NC): Merry Christmas, Alice!
Eats Well With Others (New York, NY): Peanut Butter and Honey Ice Cream
Hunting for Bliss (Bozeman, MT): Garam Masala Deviled Eggs
Pinking Shears & Broccoli Spears (Newark, DE): Making Food Good For Your Baby
Sydney Shares (Eugene, OR): Baby BLTs 
That’s Some Good Cookin’ (Salt Lake City, UT): Cheesecake Cookie Bars
The Pajama Chef (Bloomington, IN): Iced Tea with Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup
Two Dogs In The Kitchen (Sterling, MI): Spicy Asian Meatballs
Veronica’s Cornucopia (Wichita, KS): Raspberry Almond Fudge Cookies
Very Culinary (Sacramento, CA): Toasted Orzo and Chickpea Salad
Words on Wendhurst: A Gift For Jenna and Alice
Enjoying the sweetest things in life,

~ Kim

43 thoughts on “Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Scones

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  3. I love scones! They’re one of my favorite things to bake and your recipe is a little different from the one I use. Can’t wait to try it!

    What a delightful gift for a new baby.

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    • So was your special beverage, Sarah! Personally, I think our “menu” couldn’t have turned out better… who knew that a dozen random blogger friends of Jenna’s would come up with such delectable offerings and not a “repeat” in the bunch (food-wise or location wise?!) Truly a blessed event! :)

    • Many thanks, Suzie! I was thinking about how “versatile” Moms have to be and the sauce for your Asian Meatballs keeps coming to mind — it’d be great on egg rolls, wontons, spring rolls, etc, etc. :) Hasn’t this been a blast? (Great recipes, too!)

  5. Oh Kim . . . your little poem using Alice’s name is bringing tears to my eyes! Thank you, blogging friend, for your sweet words (and the scones, which look fabulous enough that I can almost taste them . . . almost =).

    • Dear Mom-to-be Jenna, this was a JOY to put together! I’ll be sending you the “real” version of the poem for Alice after I unpack my suitcase — just got home and haven’t had time to break out the arts & crafts yet. :) Sooooooo glad you enjoyed your shower — what a lovely group of ladies to work with — they love you (and Alice) and so do I. Happy Surprise!

  6. This was fun being a part of the baby shower for Jenna. Thanks for sharing your scone recipe. I love that it has cardamom in it. There is something about that spice that makes me want to drift away on a cloud.

    • Terri, I love your description of cardamom — I never thought of that before, but you’re right — that’s the feeling I get when I taste it (and smell it… and bake with it…), too!

    • Jenny, I forgot to mention (in my comment on your blog) those ADORABLE shoes… so tiny & so perfect — I was wishing they made them in adult size! :) (Maybe they do?!) After I photographed these scones, I put this batch in the freezer. Thank heavens they’re bite-sized (and re-heat-able) or I’d be tasting them “in person” for the next week (or several days… tee hee!) Glad you liked them and glad to “meet” you!

    • Dawn, it’s one of my favorite spices, too. :) Can hardly wait til autumn to do more baking — will see what I can come up with for cardamom recipes. Thanks so much for coming by Jenna’s shower!

  7. Yay! Your scones are just perfect for a girl baby shower! I love that he scones have some cardamom in them–the spice combo sounds so good! And your poem-my favorite!! Thank you Kimby for joining us and putting up with my ineptitude as a host. I think we managed to pull it off despite my inexperience! haha

    • Veronica, you seriously underestimate your abilities… the glitches weren’t due to anything you did (or didn’t do) and I’d participate in any event you hostess in a heartbeat! My pleasure, my dear. xo!

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    • Likewise, Shirley — it’s always a pleasure to visit with YOU! The best thing about these scones is that they’re equally good plain (minus any spices) OR you can alter the spices and/or fruit to your preferences. (Forgot to mention that in my post!) Thanks for joining in the “shower.” You are such a faithful friend and I know Jenna appreciates your presence here, too!

    • This was my first “virtual shower” and I agree with you — it was FUN! I also loved your Baby BLT’s… what a great way to use cherry tomatoes (which I didn’t grow this year, but NEXT year… just to make your appetizer — I’d eat those for breakfast!) Thanks, Sydney! :)

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    • Thank you! So does your “11 Things” list — parental-to-be humor at its finest! Looking back now, I’d say I encountered everything on your list, but it’s all a distant memory… until the grandkids come. :)

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