Righting Wrongs in the Kitchen

I made a big home cooked dinner on Saturday night and wanted to make something nice and light for dessert. So I decided chocolate meringues would be the perfect treat. I whipped the egg whites perfectly, added the other ingredients, and carefully placed them on the baking sheet and into the oven to bake for 20 minutes. I peeked into the oven after 15 minutes to see how they were progressing only to feel that the oven was way too hot. I checked the thermostat and sure enough it was set to 250 C rather than 150 C. I took one look at the meringues and knew they were beyond saving. Major kitchen fail.

You’ll notice one missing. Luke was a good sport and tried one but the look on his face after the first bite was telling. They were awful.

I was pretty disappointed about the whole affair so decided to wake up early the next morning and give my baking ability a self-esteem boost by making something and having it turn out as intended. I thought nothing better than some delicious scones. They turned out beautifully and certainly made me feel better about my disaster the night before.

Cinnamon Sugar Scones


– 2 cups flour

– 2 teaspoons baking powder

– 2 teaspoons baking soda

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 cup butter

– 1 egg, separated

– 3 tablespoons honey

– 1/3 cup buttermilk (I never have buttermilk so always use a substitute of regular milk with an added a splash of vinegar)

Cinnamon topping:

– 1 tablespoon sugar

– 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the glaze:

– 1 cup powdered sugar

– milk

– vanilla


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).

1. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the butter and mix until crumbly.

2. In another bowl, mix the egg yolk with the honey and buttermilk, until well blended.

3. Add wet mixture to dry mixture. Stir until combined.

4. On a floured surface turn out dough and roll into a ball.

5. Place ball on a baking sheet covered in baking paper and shape ball into an 8-inch circle and cut into eight even slices.

6. Lightly beat egg white with a fork and then brush dough with the white.

7. Make cinnamon topping by combining cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle over dough.

8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

They should come out looking like this:

The final step is to make the glaze and drizzle over the hot scones. To make the glaze combine powdered sugar, a dash of milk, and a dash of vanilla. Mix well and then drizzle.

These were delicious and it did not take us long to eat the whole batch!

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