Blueberry Streusel Scones

We had been using a scone recipe that made really dense, dry scones and I decided to try something else. This is a recipe that I adapted from http://www.joyofbaking.com/SconesBlueberryStreusel.html and turned out very well with the blueberries, but kinda flat with strawberries.  I used the Flour Calculator to replace the all purpose flour with flours that we can eat, and with the possibility of an allergy to corn I made my own baking powder (does not have corn starch like the store bought stuff). Butter was replaced with Earth Balance-soy free and I replaced the 1 egg with Ener-g egg replacer.  I did not make the streusel topping yet, but it looks good.

Ingredients

Scones:

“All-purpose flour”
1 1/3 cup Rice Flour
7 Tbsp Potato Starch
3 Tbsp Tapioca Flour
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
“Baking powder”
2/3 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/3 tsp Cream of Tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 Tbsp chilled, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup fresh blueberries
“1 large egg”
1 1/2 tsp Egg Replacer
2 Tbsp of water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup rice milk

Brushing tops of scones:

1/8 cup rice milk
Streusel Topping:
1/4 cup  brown sugar
1/4 cup  all purpose flour (note: I did not convert this)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place rack in middle of oven. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

For the Scones: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Gently fold in the blueberries. In a small measuring cup combine the cream, beaten egg and vanilla. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix the dough or the scones will be tough.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough gently four or five times and then pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches (18 cm) round and about 1 ½  inches (4 cm) thick. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into four pie-shaped wedges (triangles).  Place the scones on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the scones with a little cream or milk.

For the Streusel Topping: In a small bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the butter until crumbly. Top each scone with a teaspoon or two of the streusel mixture. Cover and refrigerate any leftover streusel mixture.

Bake the scones until nicely browned, about 18 – 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a scone comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. These are best eaten the day they are made but can be covered and stored for a few days.

Makes 8 scones

Adapted from http://www.joyofbaking.com/SconesBlueberryStreusel.html

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Education California State University, Chico, CA Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems, with Minor in Business - May 2005 3.429 GPA Emphasis in Networking and Internet Experience Oroville Hospital, Oroville, CA Hospital Information Systems Technician I • Served as helpdesk team member fielding calls and educating users on AS400 and PC based applications and peripherals • Executed server backups and Saves using Backup Exec, and tape rotations and storage measures • Designed and implemented web-based, multi-user helpdesk software in PHP and MySQL on a Linux server • Conducted data transfer of billing information and maintenance utilizing HBOC and Cirius group Software • Monitored servers including RAS (Remote Access Server), Exchange server, Domain controller, and AS400 • Performed optical processing from OS400 system Next Step Computers, Oroville, CA Owner/Technician – www.NextStepComputers.net • Implementation and troubleshooting of networks with 802.11b, 802.11g, and Ethernet • Implementation of static and dynamic IP addressing, and network address translation • PC hardware installation, including DSL/Cable installation and configuration, and HD partitioning • PC software installation, including OS installation/re-installation with Linux, Windows and multi-boot systems • Implementation and monitoring of security measures including firewall, IDS, port forwarding and IP masquerading • PC troubleshooting including spy-ware / ad-ware removal, virus removal, and registry cleaning • Design and maintenance of PHP based web sites, with MySQL database backbone • Implementation and administration of servers on Linux and Windows platforms including Apache 1.0 and 2.0, PHP 4.2, MySQL, SSH, FTP, SaMBa Community Involvement Boy Scouts of America, Oroville, CA Eagle Scout – Awarded March 19, 2000 • Positions held include Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Scout Master, Quartermaster, and Scribe • Awarded Bronze Eagle Palm Chapter Chief – Order of the Arrow (Honor Society) – Spring 1999 – Spring 2000 • Master of Ceremonies and task master at gatherings: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Camp-o-ree (Competition) Webmaster – Maidu Chapter, Order of the Arrow – Spring 1999 - Summer 2002 - www.gec-bsa.org/maidu

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