Blueberry Scones 3.01 Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days
“This new little place opened right down the road from our house and they make these wonderful scones, and that is their mix so you can make them right in your own kitchen.” “Well, thanks, Mom. I will put this right on the counter and stare at it for many years to come.”“You’re not going to make them?” “Oh, I’m not really much of a baker.” “But the instructions are right there on the back.” “Yeah, I know, but still. “Still what? Those are good scones.”
⅓ cup whole milk (plus more for brushing)
2 tsp vanilla extract
⅓ cup sour cream
2 ½ cups + ½ tbsp all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tbsp baking powder
1 stick of cold butter
¾ cup blueberries
1 tsp lemon zest
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a medium mixing bowl, mix most of the wet ingredients: milk, egg, vanilla, and sour cream until fully combined.
In a separate and larger mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour (only 2 ½ cups), sugar, salt, and baking powder until fully combined.
Add in your butter to the dry ingredients either in small pea-size cubes or use a box grater. Mix until fully combined and be sure not to overwork the dough or you’ll end up with tough scones. You want to work quickly to keep the butter cold.
Pour the wet ingredients into the flour and butter mixture and mix together to form a dough.
In a small bowl, coat the blueberries in the remaining ½ tbsp of flour. Fold in the blueberries and lemon zest into the scone dough.
Flour a clean, dry surface and roll out your dough to about ½ in thick. Again, be careful not to overwork the dough.
Use a circular cookie cutter or a glass cup to cut out circular scones from your dough. The circles should be about 4 inches in diameter.
Place the scones on a baking dish lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Brush a light coat of milk across the scones.
Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Optional, serve with whipped cream and fresh mint.
And we’re back for season 3! I’m so excited to share what I have planned for this season of Gilmore Girls. I know a lot of people thought I was going to make scones for Road Trip to Harvard, and I almost did for that episode. BUT! I really wanted to make scones for this episode because it’s a little lighter on food (for Gilmore Girls). And since we never learn what kind of scones the mix is, I was able to choose any flavor I wanted. So I picked my favorite: blueberry. If you’ve been here since the beginning, you may remember that I made scones to go alongside my very first Eating Gilmore dish: peach sauce. So it was fun to make scones to also start off this season.
Now, you could add a glaze to these scones after they’re baked, however, I didn’t want these to be all that sweet. I love classic British scones, and the British palette tends to prefer less sweet than the American one. Don’t get me wrong- I definitely have a sweet tooth. I don’t think I could do this project if I didn’t. And these are probably still too sweet for a proper Brit, but I didn’t want to overdo the sweetness by adding a glaze. If you want a little extra something to add to your scones, you could also top with whipped cream and fresh mint leaves, but really, the scones on their own are great!
Overall, I do like season 3 (you’ll have to come back for each episode’s posts to see how I feel about the individual episodes), but as the start of the season, I don’t really care for this one. I think other seasons have a much stronger start, but this one just has so much that bothers me. For starters, I don’t really like the Luke and Lorelai dream sequence at the beginning. I know a lot of shippers love it, but to me, it feels way too cheesy and like a cheap move for fan service. I think the writers should have gradually made Lorelai realize she has feelings for Luke (which is actually what happens) instead of this fake-out.
I also don’t like how Rory acts in this episode (or pretty much the next several). It’s been clear since about halfway through season 2 that she likes Jess, and I hate how long she strings Dean along for, especially for the first part of season 3. I wish she would have just come back from D.C. and broken up with Dean (or really do it before she even left). It also annoys me that Rory is upset with Jess for starting a relationship with Shane when she didn’t contact him at all over the entire summer.
The other thing I really don’t like about this episode is the Sookie and Jackson plot. Normally, I love Sookie, but she annoys me in this episode by trying to make her house more manly for Jackson. I think this not only drives gender roles and stereotypes, but it also gives room to a homophobic line (which, unfortunately, happens a lot on this show). And then, of course, the song, Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer, playing on a constant loop also doesn’t help things.
It may seem like I truly hate this episode, but there are parts of it that I actually really love. Paris being nervous about her date with Jamie is so sweet, and it’s when we start to have more character development for her. Her character arc is one of my favorites over the course of the show. I also enjoy Rory and Lorelai reuniting at the airport. It’s the longest they’ve ever been apart from each other. Though in real life, if I saw two people just sitting on the floor in the middle of the airport laughing and squealing, I’d probably be annoyed, but for the two of them, it works. My best friend and I just had a similar reunion (more like how the Gilmores run to each other at the end of season one) when we finally got to see each other after we were both fully vaccinated. We haven't hugged each other since March 17, 2020. We ran towards each other across the parking lot and then collided in a huge hug. I could almost hear Sam Phillip’s My Little Corner of the World playing in the background.
We have some very food-heavy episodes this season, so I hope you continue to follow my journey to see what I have in store for season 3! The Thanksgiving episode is going to be so much fun and I may just take a crack at the world’s largest pizza for Lorelai’s birthday. Let me know below what your favorite episode of season 3!
Happy Cooking in the Hollow!
If you missed what I made last episode, catch up here!