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If you removed the exotic scent of Meyer lemons from this scone recipe, you would still have the most cloud-like, sumptuous, sweet and totally temping sour cream scones on the planet. If they’re not gobbled up first, these scones float away – they are moist inside, tenderly crusty outside, and puffy as pillows. Wonderful with jasmine or Earl Grey tea. If you don’t have Meyer lemons on hand, for goodness sakes, make these anyway using regular lemons.
(Meyer lemons are a cross between lemons and mandarins I believe and they are less acidic and very tropical of fragrance and taste). This recipe offers you a choice of a simple sugar dusting or a delectable and easy Meyer Lemon Glaze.

A crunchy exterior and an airy, moist interior make these muffins (or mini loaves) an absolute winner.
Shouldn't healthy baking also taste good? Yessim. These are fragrant, flavorful, and delectable to the last crumb. Everything you need: canola oil, flax seed, maple, bran, and more are packed into a great muffin that is noble....and surprisingly decadent....in an Adele Davis sort of way.
Bakers waste nothing.. I left the sugar out of a scone recipe one day and realized it as I mixed the dough up. Just one of those days in the test kitchen! So, I "floured" my work surface with sugar. The result was the best scones ever - flaky, crusty, perfect. My mistake became a classic recipe.

Baking is a serious business. This is one recipe that needs a patent and it's own lawyer - or at least, a PR firm. Here is part of the story. My newest muffin, Post Lawsuit Muffins is another story. Read about it or bake up a batch. Check out New Edition Famous Lawsuit Buttermilk Muffins

Peaches and cream always sound better but the real flavour jolt in baking is when you use sun-ripe nectarines.  They have much more sparkle and a more distinct taste. Either way, these are an experience of summery fresh fruit in a lightly spiced buttermilk batter, topped with streusel.
 

Read more about Lawsuit Muffins in Original Buttermilk Rhubarb Lawsuit Muffins and .  Are the new muffins good? Absolutely and now the recipe is also tucked into the The New Best of BetterBaking.com, Marcy Goldman, Whitecap Books 2009. (Amazon has it, Chapters, Barnes and Noble, etc.) This new edition of my Best of BetterBaking.com has 40 new recipes and double the photos!

What happens when baker meets cook? When Jane Austen meets Cuisine's Bad Boy? Scones is all. Great chat, lots of chuckles, food movie talk and a recipe to take home. From Anthony Bourdain, October 2007 No Reservations (Bloomsbury/Raincoast Books 2007) in Montreal.
By Marcy Goldman
www.BetterBaking.com
A Special Feature of When Bakers Write

These are good with dried cherries too or a combination of cherries and  diced pears. Just a touch of oatmeal, some brown sugar and the rest is up to you. These are sweet and tender but nicely rustic. Brush with butter and dust with brown sugar before baking to make sure they look as enticing as they taste.

These are hearty muffins with a mellow taste, uplifted by chunks of sour (or sweet) cherries. I usually make these with 1 cup of whole-wheat flour or mixed grain flour. Frozen sour cherries, which are often available, work perfectly for this recipe. It’s just so unexpected, in a wonderful way, to encounter red, sweet/tangy oasis of fruit in a rustic muffins. Save the raisins for another time.

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