Chinese Five-Spice Scones
Posted by hsimpsongrossman on January 31, 2016
If I had to re-name these Chinese Five-Spice Scones I would probably label them as Looks Can Be Deceiving scones.
They don’t look like much. At all. In fact, I’ve never been so unhappy with pictures of baked goods of mine before – they are absolutely not attractive. I would have never picked them up in a coffee shop.
However, about 10 minutes into their baking the house was filled with such magnificent spicy aroma, that if a buyer were to enter our apartment she would most definitely insist on buying it as-is (shame we’re not selling). Stubborn Mule kept wailing about the scent making him hungry and when I took them out of the oven he was extremely disappointed to discover there were only 8 of them –one per family member and only one spare scone!
I gulped mine down, forgetting I wanted to spread some raspberry jam on. Stubborn mule didn’t apply his usual camouflaging coat of Nutella, and Perfect Son, who had only tasted them after having spending several hours on the counter, commented: “Wow! What are those?!”
The only person who enjoyed them properly was Princess, calmly smearing jam on hers and slowly enjoying each and every bite.
They are so easy and quick to prepare! I prepared the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls before heading out to a TRX training session, and when I returned just mixed them together, cut out wedges and baked for 16 minutes. Not having to wait for them to cool down made the whole business seem even quicker than it actually was.
I didn’t feel like buying Chinese five spice especially for these scones, and preferred to make my own spice mix. I didn’t have crushed fennel seeds, however, so I settled for anise seeds (which I left whole) and increased the quantities of ground cinnamon and cloves to make up for the missing spice. While I did substitute whole wheat flower for the all-purpose one originally required, I left the rest of the ingredients untouched. Four tablespoons of sugar was something even I could live with.
The consensus in our house was that these should enter our repertoire of easy to make, not terrible unhealthy breakfast dishes. Next time, though, I will make double the amount…
Happy baking and a happy, healthy new Chinese year!
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