Star Trek Scones

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Breakfast… the morning frontier. These are the tasty noms of the Nerdship Dinnerprise. It’s continuing mission, to devour strange new noms. To seek out new recipes and new edible creations. Tea boldly scone where no one has scon’ before.

A few days ago, my nerdy husband and I finished The Next Generation for the uhm-tee-nth-billion time and I had a thought… there needs to be more Star Trek in my life. I’ve seen most, if not all of the Star Trek movies and more than half of all of the episodes (in their various incarnations) and  I even went as a Vulcan science officer for Halloween. I’m a nerd, but we knew that already. So after wrapping up TNG’s final episode I was itching to make something Trek inspired, thus The Red Shirt cocktail was born. It tends to “tIqIpqu’ ‘ej nom tIqIp” if you’re not expecting it. After that was said and done, the need for some more Trek-inspired-something was still there, lurking in the shadows of my mind… growing.

Fast forward to last Friday in the wee-early hours of the morning. I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to make scones because… well… scones are delicious. I was partially coherent due to the lack of sleep from running on about 25-ish hours of being awake and there I was making attempting to make these scones. I wasn’t following any recipe – per the norm, which does indeed drive my husband bonkers – and the scones ended up not cooperating with me. They pulled a shape-shifter and went from scone-shaped to blob-shaped AND to add insult to injury – since I was using honey as a sweetener instead of regular old sugar, they really ended up more savory than sweet because I did not add enough… they looked and tasted almost like a biscuit. My husband seemed to enjoy them, but I went to my window, raise my hand to the sky and yelled “KHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

After I went into a regeneration cycle, I emerged with a plan to dominate the scones once and for all. This included a reworking of the recipe with a little TNG flair. So without any further ramblings let us all head down to 10 Forward and  in the words of Jean-Luc Picard: ENGAGE!

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup of milk + ½ c for a pastry wash.
  • 3 Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • 2 ⅔ c AP flour
  • ½ c of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • Zest of a Blood orange
  • 1 ¼ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ c of butter, frozen
  • Turbinado Sugar

Makes: 8-10 Starfleet Shaped (large) Scones
Prep & Cook Time: 12 hours, there’s a lot of chilling involved.

 
Directions:

  1. Ahead of time: Bring milk and 2 tea bags to a simmer and let the tea bags steep on low heat for about 15 minutes.StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-1StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-2StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-3[ Note: Tea-Infused Milk is AMAZING! ]Remove from the heat, pour into a Pyrex measuring cup, and let it cool before placing it in the fridge. Make sure it is completely cold when you’re ready to add it to the rest of the ingredients. Also, go ahead and throw your butter in the freezer so it’s easier to grate. The key to making fluffy, flaky scones is to keep the dough super cold before baking that way the butter doesn’t fully melt into the dry ingredients.

  2. In a food processor, open a tea bag and dump in the tea leaves, blood orange zest, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Pulse till everything is homogeneous.StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-4

  3. Pull your butter out of the freezer and then grate it into the processor, ½ stick at a time that way everything gets mixed thoroughly.StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-5
    It should look like a coarse, pebbly dough when it’s all said and done in the food processor.StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-6

  4. Dump the contents of your food processor into a large mixing bowl.

  5. Make a little well in the middle of your flour-butter mixture and slowly add ⅓ of your earl grey infused milk. Mix with a fork or pastry cutter.

  6. Add in your egg, mix, then add in most of the milk until the dough comes together. If you have milk left over – this is a good thing because we’ll use it for the wash. Continue to mix until it forms a nice ball, feel free to use your hands but remember – we must keep the dough as cold as possible so work fast and try not to overwork your dough otherwise your scones will be really dense.

  7. When all the dough is thoroughly mixed together, shape it up into a disc, cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for an hour (or wait till the next morning). The longer your dough sits in the fridge, the better your scones will taste. The earl grey tea and blood orange zest will have a chance to get into all of the dough’s nooks, crannies, and Jeffries tubes… and the result will be spectacular. The dough will keep in the fridge for 48 hours or so, but I wouldn’t go more than 16. You can also freeze the dough for up to 6 months as long as it is in an airtight container.StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-7

  8. When you’re ready to bake the scones, pre-heat the oven for 400F before you take the dough out of the fridge. We want to work as quickly as we can so that the butter doesn’t come to room temperature.

  9. Prepare your baking sheet with either parchment paper or baking spray.

  10. Sprinkle some flour on to your work surface, and shape your dough into a large, thick disc – and cut into eight pieces. For fun, I have shaped ours into the Star Fleet insignia … because … well… I am a huge nerd and I can. (To shape it into the insignia: cut into triangles and then cut a smaller, off-centered triangle out of the bottom of the triangle: see photo.)StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-10

  11. Place your 8-9 scones on the baking dish/pan and then wash with the infused milk and finally sprinkle with some turbinado sugar.StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-9StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-11

  12. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutesStarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-12StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-13They’re not a perfect match, but it’s the best I could do. They look pretty awesome to me!

  13. Serve right out of the oven or at room temperature. We suggest spreading a little bit of our Blood Orange-Cranberry Butter over it and wash it all down with a glass of tea. Earl Gray. Hot. Let’s make Jean-Luc Picard proud. StarTrekScones_NerdsAndNomsense-19

To be fair,  this recipe does take a few hours (if not a day) to complete but it is totally worth it in the end. I am super proud of how these scones turned out and my inner Trekkie is squeeeeeeing in delight. These are soooooooooo much better than my initial batch, just look at the buttery-flaky awesomeness:

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Star Trek Scones
 
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Recipe type: Pastry - Breakfast
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cup of milk + ½ c for a pastry wash.
  • 3 Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • 2 ⅔ c AP flour
  • ½ c of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • Zest of a Blood orange
  • 1 ¼ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ c of butter, frozen
  • Turbinado Sugar
Instructions
  1. Ahead of time: Bring milk and 2 tea bags to a simmer and let the tea bags steep on low heat for about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, pour into a pyrex measuring cup, and cool before placing it in the fridge. Make sure it is completely cold when you’re ready to add it to the rest of the ingredients. The key to making fluffy, flaky scones is to keep the dough super cold before baking that way the butter doesn’t fully melt into the dry ingredients.
  2. In a food processor, open a tea bag and dump in the tea leaves, blood orange zest, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Pulse till everything is homogeneous.
  3. Pull your butter out of the fridge and then grate it into the processor, ½ stick at a time that way everything gets mixed thoroughly.
  4. Dump the contents of your food processor into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Make a little well in the middle of your flour-butter mixture and slowly add ⅓ of your earl grey infused milk. Mix with a fork or pastry cutter.
  6. Add in your egg, mix, then add in most of the milk until the dough comes together. If you have milk left over - this is a good thing because we’ll use it for the wash.
  7. When all the dough is thoroughly mixed together, wrap it up into a disc, cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for an hour (or wait till the next morning). The longer your dough sits in the fridge, the better your scones will taste. The earl grey tea and blood orange zest will have a chance to get into all of the dough… and the result will be spectacular. The dough will keep in the fridge for 48 hours or so, but I wouldn't go more than 16. You can also freeze the dough for up to 6 months as long as it is in an airtight container.
  8. When you’re ready to bake the scones, preheat the oven for 400F before you take the dough out of the fridge. We want to work as quickly as we can so that the butter doesn't come to room temperature.
  9. Prepare your baking sheet with either parchment paper or baking spray.
  10. Sprinkle some flour on to your work surface, and shape your dough into a large, thick disc - and cut into eight pieces. For fun, we have shaped ours into the Star Trek insignia … because … well… we can. LIVE LONG AND PROSPER! (To shape it into the insignia: cut into triangles and then cut a smaller triangle out of the bottom of the triangle: see diagram.)
  11. Place your 8-9 scones onto the baking dish and then wash with the infused milk and finally sprinkle with some turbinado sugar.
  12. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes
  13. Serve right out of the oven or at room temperature. We suggest spreading a little bit of our Blood Orange-Cranberry Butter over it and wash it all down with a glass of tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

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