Baking| Sweet & Savoury Scones: Pistachio & Cranberry; Cheddar & Garlic Greens… back to the basics with the DBs

“Simple is good.”
Jim Henson

Scones - Pistachio & Cranberry; Cheddar & Garlic GreensBless this man Audax. Was I thrilled to see a simple yet classic challenge to begin the year with. The holiday season being such a busy one, I was relieved to see scones, something that is quintessentially a tea table beloved, and a great snack anytime, dessert too. I managed 2 batches – Sweet & Savoury: Pistachio & Cranberry Scones; Cheddar & Garlic Greens Scones.Cheddar & Garlic Green Scones {eggless}

Audax Artifex was our January 2012 Daring Bakers’ host. Aud worked tirelessly to master light and fluffy scones (a/k/a biscuits) to help us create delicious and perfect batches in our own kitchens!

What I didn’t envisage was the time and effort this good Daring Baker put into researching and experimenting with scones. Hats off to Audax from Audax Artifex!Cheddar & Garlic Green Scones {eggless} He offered so many versions, milk, buttermilk, cream , so much insight into making the perfect scone, getting into the crumb of things, things that make a scone what it is…and things that could lead to its failure!Cheddar & Garlic Green Scones {eggless} You got to love a challenge which challenges you to think of the chemistry behind the baking. MUST make sure the baking powder is ‘active, alive up-to-date’ else you can kiss ‘light as feather‘ scones goodbye! Use a dash of baking soda if you choose to go the buttermilk route … handy tips!Cheddar & Garlic Green Scones {eggless} I was so happy to use buttermilk though I failed to read the number of scones to be stamped out, and went with a dozen so mine didn’t rise sky high. There were a dozen but they were great. M U S T have them warm {or reheated} to know how sublime goof food can be!Cheddar & Garlic Green Scones {eggless} My word, the cheese and garlic scapes scones were to die for. I added some sea salt both within and sprinkled on top … and the son was soon begging for more. Split with a spoonful of a garlic chives dip …nirvana! It was time to go a step further … sweet scones this time!Pistachio & Cranberry Scones {eggless}The Thermomix makes these babies so FAST, so I was whipping up batch number two soon. Would make 8 this time I thought! I planned on orange vanilla scones that I would split and serve with strawberries and clotted cream, but a power cut 5 minutes into batch number 2 laid my plans to rest. Sigh … an hour later, power was back but the scones had been sent back to Stone Age!!Pistachio & Cranberry Scones {eggless}I was back to making another batch before I knew it; this recipe is so good and simple if you follow the basics! This time I did Pistachio and Dried Cranberry Scones, a good use for some ground pistachios and dried cranberries I had left over from a previous baking misadventure.Pistachio & Cranberry Scones {eggless} These came out beautifully too, the tops ‘dressed up‘ with flowers and leaves from dough trimmings. I had fun making these as well. Some were devoured with butter, and some with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, both divine! I didn’t get pictures of the latter, but they were GOOD!

Thank you Audax for a great daring challenge; it was delicious in every way and very satsifying. Thank you as always Lisa of La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice for hosting this fab kitchen!! Do stop by here to see the scones our other daring bakers have stamped out!

Scones - Pistachio & Cranberry; Cheddar & Garlic Greens

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  1. Amazing Photos! ANd I love your flavour combos!

  2. I love your personal decorative touch to the scones. Beautiful and delicious.

  3. I think my comment got vanished, like i said in my earlier comment, i love your personal decoration on the scones, they look beautiful and yumm.

  4. Oh Deeba – look at those scones!! Scones were the first thing my mom taught me to bake as a little girl so I have always had a soft spot for them. Love both these flavour combinations – so want to try the savoury ones now! Great photos, as always :)

  5. Wow Deeba, such amazing photos. The scones look so perfectly flaky and crispy!!! Yum..
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  6. Lovely scones! That is something I could eat all the time.



  7. Love how you dressed up your scones. Perfectly elegant scones for tea. I’m impressed you made so many versions. As usual, you did a fabulous job on this challenge.
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  8. OMG I can’t take my eyes off these clicks. simply stunning.´s last blog post ..Pisang Goreng- Banana fritters.My Profile

  9. superbe travail et sublimes photos! bravo et merci pour ce plaisir!!

  10. Beautiful pictures and delicious looking scones!
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  11. what nice scones Deeba many times I dont made!! look amazing dear:)
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  12. Your scones, and your pictures, are amazing! Seriously, wow. Great job.
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  13. Cynthia says:

    I want to try this kind of bread..Sounds yummy thank you for sharing this post to us..
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  14. Garlic and cheddar?…..this is bound to taste as heavenll as it looks!
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  15. Your photos are amazing! Where do you get buttermilk from, though? or do you substitute it with yogurt?
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  16. Your scones are beautiful! I love the little designs you made to add that special touch. Nice job on the challenge!

  17. The garlic and cheddar sound fantastic – they look great.

  18. Your scones are delectable! I very much enjoyed your exceptional photos, a lovely post.

  19. Scones look simple enough, but I bet there is a whole lot of smaller but important things that need to be in place to get them perfect! Your scones look so good! And when you say cheese and garlic with a garlicky chives dip… yumm.. I got to try this!!

    Simple is amazingly good indeed!
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  20. Beautiful pictures and awesome combination of flavors – just the mention of each can get people drooling!

    I feel so bad whenever you mention about power failure :(
    It’s like, all the mehnat going down drain, I can imagine how much it sucks :(
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  21. Deeba, your scones are almost like puff pastry! Look at those layers! Both flavors sound amazing! Hats off to you, as always you did a fabulous job!
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  22. Hi Deeba, I must tell you I love your blog for some time now. Theese photos look divine, like always, and the flavours you chose for the scones sound really nice! Great job!

  23. Amy Brant says:

    Looks like something’s been omitted: when do you add the cheese and garlic? Thanx

  24. Amazing pictures….
    They look absolutely fantabulous and delish !!
    Yumm !!
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  25. Just lovely Deeba! I love how pretty your Pistachio & Cranberry Scones look!
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  26. Right now I am in my kitchen and scones are baking in the oven… Do I need to say more tempting they look :)
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  27. Love the pistachio-dried cranberry version. They look delicious
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  28. I love savoury scones and have all of the ingredients necessary. Could be scones in the morning for Slow Sundays.
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  29. Only you could take a simple biscuit/scone and make it look so stunning! The s-shaped curl atop the poppy seeds is gorgeous! Love the cranberry-pistachio, but I am dying to try the cheddar – garlic scape biscuits! Also – beautifil layers..almost puff pastry like. Phenomenal and gorgeous take on the challenge, Deeba! I wish I could have you come take photos for me!!
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  30. I think I found my new favorite baking blog! I love your photographs and recipes.

  31. Hi Deeba…Its a wonderful post and i might try this soon. I was wondering if you help me where to find sea salt in gurgaon ? Also do visit my blog and let me know it it….

  32. What a beautiful post Deeba and such stunning photos. I loves scones of all type…these are a must try. Thank you for sharing. Hugs xxxx
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  33. Your scones look so beautiful – great work! What a shame about the power cut spoiling your second batch, but the rest turned out so well that it doesn’t matter!
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  34. Wow! I am always so impressed with your work! Your biscuits loo utterly fantastic! I love the little decorations you put on top, too, what a creative idea!!
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