The Secret to Our Success
We’re often asked how we choose the gourmet gifts that fill each of our fabulous baskets. The short answer is, taste testing, taste testing, and then… more taste testing! Even after the basket designs are complete, we consistently revisit the contents of each and every basket to make sure we got it right. Hence the need for Taste Test Tuesdays here at Gourmet Gift Baskets!
Breakfast Gift Baskets
This week we reviewed our breakfast gift baskets line, so we were in the kitchen baking up Traditional Scone Mix by Stonewall Kitchen. This scone mix can be found in our New England Breakfast Gift Basket Classic and our Country Inn – Breakfast Gift Basket. Let’s just say it didn’t take any arm twisting to get our entire staff excited about this taste test since breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Caroline, Lisa and I volunteered to be this week’s baking guinea pigs and our entire staff was eager to be our taste testers. Yup, you heard me right, it’s a tough job but someone has to do it, right? But seriously, not only is taste important, but product ease of use is high on our consideration list. If our employees have difficulty interacting with the gourmet products we put in our gift baskets, gift crates, and gift buckets, we know our customers will have difficulty too.
Traditional Scone Mix Baking Instructions
Let’s start baking…
3/4 Cup Cold Water
1 1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter Cut Into Small Pieces
1 Egg (optional)
Sparkling Sugar (optional)
Gather ingredients and preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Put dry mix into large mixing bowl.
Add butter and cut in with pastry blender or hands until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Add cold water and mix lightly, just until mixture holds together in a ball. Do not over-work dough. Gently turn dough onto a well-floured work surface. Knead gently until it holds together. Form dough into 8″ round that is 1/2″ thick.
Cut round into eight wedges. Place wedges on baking sheet 1 1/2″ apart. Here we deviated from the recipe a bit and egg washed the tops of the scones so they would have a more golden brown top and sprinkled with sparkling sugar to give them a more professionally baked appearance.
One box makes 8 Scones. Serve plain or with your favorite topping!
The scones came out of the oven beautifully fluffy and flaky and downright delicious. Everyone here loved them and most of us agreed they would be a great breakfast, brunch, tea or snack time treat! They paired perfectly with sweet cream butter and even better with the Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry Jam also found in a few of our breakfast gift baskets. If you prefer to make your own jam, here’s Stonewall Kitchen’s fabulous blueberry jam recipe.
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