Saturday, 14 September 2013

Elderberry and Einkorn Scones

I think it's fair to say that autumn has arrived. I feel like I made the most of summer this year so I welcome the autumn with much more gusto than usual. It's been a very long time since I had an apple or a pear so I am looking forward to getting my hands on some fine specimens at the farmers' market or when I'm lucky enough to find a fruitful tree. Until then I have elderberries to tide me over. 
I've been waiting for the elderberries to come out this year as I have a hawk's eye when it comes to finding the elderflowers so I knew where to start to find what I was looking for. I picked these elderberries on a drizzly day and perhaps a week or so sooner than I should have done as there were a fair few green berries I had to pick out.
The birds had already had their share of the berries so the first few stops were a bit thin on the ground. By the time I had found enough we were pretty damp but the rain can easily be ignored when your foraging companion ever so kindly offers to put you on their shoulders so that you can reach the very best berries; much more fun than scrabbling around in the depths of a thicket.
 
You will need:
125g Einkorn flour (a type of heritage wheat)
110g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
50g butter
25g sugar
Small handful elderberries
150ml milk
Wash the elderberries and put to one side to dry. Sift the einkorn and plain flour together with the baking powder into a bowl.
Rub the butter into the flours to make a breadcrumb texture.
Mix in the sugar and elderberries.
Add the milk and bring the mixture together to form a dough. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to about 1cm thick.
Cut out the scones; I used a glass as I didn't have a small enough pastry cutter. I got 12 scones out of this mixture.
Place the scones onto a greased baking tray and brush the tops with milk. Then put into a preheated oven at 230C for 10-12 minutes or until well risen and golden.
Remove from the oven when done and leave to cool.
After I baked these it was still raining a little bit so we cut one (each) open and slathered it simply with butter. To me, when autumn arrives it means spending more time in the kitchen on slow cooking food and baking. These scones were like little mouthfuls of autumn; not only because of the fact they contain beautiful elderberries but because of the wholesomeness of them. They were ostentatiously homemade and a wonderful way to welcome the change of season while watching the rain trickling down the windows.
I received the Einkorn flour from Doves Farm when I visited for an open day but was not asked to review it. All opinions expressed are my own.

25 comments:

  1. Eincorn wheat sounds intriguing! I'm fairly new to the heritage grain thing, but these scones sound fantastic. Love that you used foraged berries for them :)

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  2. How cool that you have these right at your fingertips. Teatime indeed!

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  3. How I wish I can grow the berries over here but just not possible for our humid weather. Those berries are perfect for the delicious scones.

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  4. I love going out berry picking! and these scones look delicious!

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  5. These look lovely and using einkorn flour is new to me. I, too, am welcoming fall and all the fall fruits and veggies.

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  6. Your post reminds me that I have been threatening to make some Hedgerow Jelly. Maybe next weekend...

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  7. We're starting to see some decent pears and apples. But I rarely see elderberries, alas. Too bad, because these scones look terrific! Excellent job - thanks.

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  8. Your scones are such a lovely combination of wholesome and Autumn comfort food. Have made elderberry cordial but hadn't thought of baking with them like this, great idea. Have very similar feelings about returning to warmth of kitchen for some pottering about baking after such a wonderful summer.

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  9. These elderberry scones look so delicious! Have always wondered what elderberries taste like?

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  10. I was intrigued with the Einkorn description - I wondered what it was. Love elderberries but don't think I have tried them in scones before. What a lovely idea!

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  11. I've never heard of Einkorn flour. I'll have to check it out. These scones look wonderful...perfect with a cup of tea :)

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  12. Una exquisitez realmente me gusta mucho lucen crujientes,abrazo

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  13. What perfect "fall" scones. I just love scones and yours look great!

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  14. I've only had elderberries in wine...and it was homemade and not so great :/ I have a feeling I'd love your scones...perfectly made!

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  15. I love your unique baking ideas! These scones look fantastic!!

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  16. they look lovely, great that you can make something that looks so tasty sound so simple! I love the look of these

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  17. i've never tasted elderberries and never heard of einkorn flour, so this batch of scones is a revelation to me. :)

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  18. Awesome scones...this is sure perfect for Fall...I would love to have one of this scones with my tea.
    Have a great week Caroline :D

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  19. looks inviting, mouthwatering, delicious and so easy to prepare!

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  20. I dont' think we have elderberries here, sadly enough...though these scones do sound lovely!

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  21. I just had some einkorn wheat berries the other night...these sound divine, a definite must try!

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  22. I saw going to say 'WHERE DID YOU BUY THESE'?! Maybe I need to get some berries happening. I am getting a bit ahead of myself seeing as I only just started with veg! Beautiful scones :)

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  23. Einkorn is new to me - it means One Corn in German, I think. It i so long since I had any elderberries I can't quite imagine what they taste like. Cheers

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  24. I have a bag of Einkorn flour ready to be used. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, it sounds delicious!

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