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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Scones For Your Mom

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Ok, so they’re for my mom.  Your mom can have some too if she’s pleasant.  Moms deserve a little treat every now and then – they’re such sweet ladies.  The mom I have is a health-nut with a dark chocolate addiction (is it ok that I air these things out in public?)  There is a “museum” of dark chocolate in one of the drawers in my parents’ kitchen.  It’s really a stunning display.  AND my mom has this classic Chocolate Chip Scone recipe from an old Mary Englebright magazine that has been a favorite for years.  However, that recipe calls for dreadful items like white flour, eggs, milk, and butter.  Luckily, I managed to save my mom from the blight of unhealthy scones and created a safe haven for those normally-healthy-folk who have a predisposition to chocoholism.  Look at those monster chocolate chips!  They’re taking over the world!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 C White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/4 C Oat Bran
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1/4 C chocolate chips
  • 2 T cup margarine, softened
  • 1/2 t apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 C soy milk

Directions

  • Preheat the oven for 400 degrees
  • Measure the soy milk in a measuring cup and add the apple cider vinegar, set aside to let curdle.
  • Sift the dry ingredients (flour, oat bran, baking powder, salt, cinnamon) in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the margarine in small slivers and cut into the dry ingredients using two knives (This is to incorporate the margarine while allowing it to stay in small chunks. You just don’t want it to melt at all – creates little buttery pockets in the scones)
  • Add the agave nectar and soy milk mixture – combine until there are no more dry parts. Be sure not to overmix.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir until incorporated.
  • Press the dough into a circle about 3/4 in tall, cut into triangle shapes (can make 4 big scones, or 8 small)
  • Arrange scones on greased baking sheet.
  • Brush tops of scones with soy milk and sprinkle with rock salt.
  • Put scones in your preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until a deep golden brown on the edges.

Pretty easy, huh?  You could probably double this recipe pretty easily for a crowd, but I didn’t want too many of these sitting around because there were only three of us to feed.  This is a great (relatively healthy) scone recipe to keep around for tea time or breakfast or a snack or putting on your pants time or stay in bed all morning time or going to a roller derby time or calling up your Aunt Ida or changing the water filters or pre- or post-bike-ride or…

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P.S. Look India!  I updated!

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Ladies Tea Party in the Park

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The other day, I recieved a package in the mail from my mom full of chocolate and pens topped with bunnies and plastic eggs. I scratched my head, wondering what game we were playing that involved mailing one another sweets and baby animals and went out to find a raccoon to FedEx back to her. After disguising myself under piles of garbage and hiding in a dumpster for an hour or five, I decided the lasting stench wasn’t worth it and carried myself home in the early morning light. Much to my surprise, when I arrived back at my apartment, there were hoards of small people rifling through my yard. I don’t like when neighbors trample our roses, so I ran screaming into the yard – flinging banana peels and cereal boxes along the way. How dare someone enter my private property to loot flowers – and on a Sunday morning! It was then, with the dozen or so sobbing tots dispersing in a mass flee and the hoard of angry looking adults encroaching on my personal space, that I remembered what holiday it was. And I thought Easter was in April?

What better way to recover from such a jarring realization than to hold a fancy ladies’ tea party in the park!? OK, the truth is I DID forget it was Easter and planned a tea party on Saturday without that knowledge – but it became an Easter-themed party anyway!

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The whole shabang complete with Green Jasmine and Peach teas.

I made currant scones from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. This was my first time using this cookbook, and I was not disappointed! The scones I made are really small -roughly the size of a golf ball – and the tiny currants and cinnamon made them a perfect companion to afternoon tea.

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I also made my first pie from scratch! This is a Blueberry Lemon Pie based on Veganyumyum’s Cherry Lime Pie. The Sound of Music was on television, so I whipped out my apron and felt like a serious domestic goddess rolling out chilled pie dough and prancing around my kitchen table with Julie Andrews.

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The only thing I changed about the pie was, well … guess. I think next time I will half the sugar, only because after eating the pie I was able to run my PR time on a 5K distance. Guess we know what I’ll be eating next time a race comes around! Just call me shakey!

Finally, I made some *presh* chocolate birds nests with marzipan eggs. These were so cutesy I nearly shed a tear. I basically melted a chocolate bar and mixed in some crumbled Weetabix, formed them into nests in a mini-muffin pan and let them chill out. I made the marzipan eggs using food coloring and marzipan. Eeeeasy, bro.

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Ain’t no robins in here!

I put out some real food too, including carrots with hummus and crackers spread with Tofutti cream cheese and an olive tapenade – only to pretend that I’m an adult who doesn’t eat pie and chocolate for every meal (What, mom? I swear I don’t).

It was such a gorgeous day that we decided to document it. We have made plans to turn this into an official ladies’ club and do lovely feminine things all the time now. And some not so feminine – midnight bike rides anyone?

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Tree climbing commenced shortly after tea. I’m in the hat. Jay-Z told me hats are so necessary.

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More beautiful tea party ladies!