The Canadians are coming…to a scone mix near you! Hubby and I received a sample of Canadian company Cobblestone Kitchens Cranberry Scone Mix.
We began by pulling the plastic bag containing the mix out of the diamond-shaped box. (The box is a little large, with the bag only filling up about half of it. Our one beef with this brand is the excess packaging: big box, small contents.) You need a bit of milk and vegetable oil to add to the dry mix. The mix, oil, and milk stir up easily and form a sticky glob in the bowl. Plenty of cranberries in this mix, that’s for sure.
As we’d done previously, hubby and I used our drop method for the scones and once again got 8 scones, what we expected based on the weight of the dry mix (7.5 oz.). The quality of these scones more than compensates for the small quantity.
The scones came out of the oven lightly browned and crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside. The cranberries were plentiful but not overly strong. That’s good if you like your scones au naturel (without butter, jams, clotted cream, etc., on them), and these are certainly light enough to eat that way. However, if you prefer to top your scone, try some lemon curd. I did, and it was a great flavor combo. The tea ably served up by “Tea Gang” member “Bruno” (from Louisville Stoneware) was an Assam steeped up lightly so that we could drink it straight and yet not yet have it overwhelm the delicate flavor of the scones. We scarfed down 6 of the 8 scones in no time, saving the final 2 for a treat later.
While cranberries are very popular during Winter Holidays, you can enjoy them all year round. This flavor and the others available from Boston Tea Company are great to have on hand for holiday guests. Keep some of each on hand your hungry holiday horde, or fix just one for your special intimate teatime with a “certain someone.”
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