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. 

Chinese Five Spice Sesame Scones Don't Judge a Scone
Don’t Judge a Scone

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! 

Chinese Five Spice Sesame Scones
That’s All?!

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.

Chinese Five Spice Sesame Scones Her Magesty
Her Majesty

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.

Chinese Five Spice Sesame Scones Symetry
Symmetry

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.

Chinese Five Spice Browning Sesame Scones Sesame
Browning Sesame

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…

Chinese Five Spice Sesame Scones Tea Time
Tea Time

For this winning recipe from Baked Occasions, by Mat Lewis and Renato Poliafito, and for some more pictures and enlightening comments by my baking colleagues, please visit Baked Sunday Mornings.

Happy baking and a happy, healthy new Chinese year!

Chinese Five Spice Sesame Scones Duo
Duo

 

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6 thoughts on “Chinese Five-Spice Scones

  1. I wanted to try these as soon as I saw them; I always gravitate to quick, healthy and delicious. And I don’t judge book covers- they sounded awesome. But I have to wait- my tummy needs to settle down -am eating very mild things like cream of rice and cooked carrots, after a stressful period including traveling, speaking and (ahem) falling. So until I can go for spices, I am VERY attracted to the Whole Wheat Choc Chip Muffins in your previous post. Now here comes my question.Where is the recipe? It appears to be hiding. Please advise, dear Hanni! I miss you and Refuah Shalemah to #4’s ankle.xo

    • Judy,

      I saw your comment just now – sorry!

      I can’t believe you managed to fall, again!

      The recipe for the muffins is hiding in the paragraph before last in the post (don’t know how to attach a link to a comment..)

      Feel better!

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