a journal of tea-inspired foods and recipes
I started a new part-time job this month. A dream job, really. I was invited to join the creative team in the test kitchen of my favorite spice purveyor, Savory Spice Shop. I still can’t believe I get to wake up in the morning and go grocery shopping (one of my favorite pastimes) for a list of interesting recipes, cook with amazing spices all day, work with a photographer to shoot what I’m cooking, and then write about what I made. Seriously, it’s a dream job.
The downside, however, is that I come home from these test kitchen days exhausted and not really in the mood to start cooking again. I’m sure the exhaustion will fade soon and turn into a normal routine. But in the meantime, I’ve cheated a bit on this tea foodie recipe post.
It’s a super easy and super cute idea: Take your favorite packaged scone mix, fold in some lovely red-colored fruit relish, preserves or sweetened mashed up fruit bits (fresh or dried), and use a cookie cutter to make a batch of heart-shaped scones. Then give your sweetheart scones away to the ones you love on Valentine’s Day—paired with a package of your favorite tea, of course.
For this batch, I used a tasty new cream scone mix from the nonprofit Women’s Bean Project, made in collaboration with the Denver Tea Room. It’s a delicious scone mix that tastes even better knowing I’m supporting an organization that puts homeless women to work, teaching them job skills and empowering them to break the cycle of poverty.
I also used an outstanding Cranberry-Ginger Relish recipe that I got to make in the Savory Spice Shop test kitchen recently. Try it; you’ll love it not only in these scones, but also on sandwiches, cheese and crackers, or atop a piece of grilled fish or meat. Oh, and it’s incredibly easy to make.
Happy cooking and sipping!
Makes about 12 scones
1 plain-flavored packaged scone mix (I used Women’s Bean Project Cream Scone Mix)
1. Prepare the scone mix according to the package directions. Before you roll out the dough, fold in your choice of red fruit.
2. Once you have your red fruit thoroughly mixed into your dough, roll out the dough on a floured surface until it’s about ½-inch thick. Use a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out your scones. Place scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake according to package instructions.