With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Sweet Lavender Scones in the Parlor

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sweet Lavender Scones in the Parlor

These fragrant scones were made using lavender from my herb garden. They are delicious with a mild floral hint.

I gathered a basket of lavender and chamomile.
The scones looks so pretty I thought it would be fun to served them in the parlor.
with coffee
Growing up my parents called the front room in our home a parlor.
Now days, we call it a living room.
We didn't have a family room when I was a kid so unless you were in the kitchen, your bedroom, the bathroom or the cellar, (yes, that's what we called it) all activity happened in the parlor.
Our parlor wasn't filled with ornate furnishings or stuffy decor.
A sofa, chair, end tables, lamps, some knick-knacks and the television with a set of rabbit ears on top.
It was where the Christmas tree on the platform with trains, little plastic houses and handmade mountains and trestles were displayed each December.

It was where my dad sat on the floor with his back against sofa each night having his snack
while watching TV shows like The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, Route 66, Gomer Pyle USMC, The Outer Limits, The Honeymooners, The Red Skelton Show, Perry Mason, and The Lawrence Welk Show.

Where I would fall asleep on the floor watching TV with my parents and somehow affirm
I was, indeed, still awake when they asked. 

Where my mom often watched movies on the Late Show and then the Late, Late show
until wee hours of the morning.

It was from this room, when during one of those late-night movies that my mom screamed for my brother because she heard a frog leap down the stairs from his bedroom.

It was a family room but I kind of like the word Parlor.
We never heard of scones growing up.
Too bad because they're really good.
I think you will enjoy these lovely scones even at the kitchen table.

Sweet Lavender Scones
Slightly adapted from: Bon Appétit  May 2012 by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen


Makes 16 scones

3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for kneading surface
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon dried lavender buds (I used a rounded tsp.)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4" cubes
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sanding or granulated sugar

Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 425°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk 3 cups flour and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add butter; rub in with your fingers until mixture resembles coarse meal. (I cut in the butter using a pastry blender)

Whisk 1 cup buttermilk, zest, and vanilla in a small bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until dough forms.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface; knead until dough forms, about 5 turns. Pat into a 10x6" rectangle. Halve dough lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into 4 squares. Cut each square diagonally in half into 2 triangles.

Divide between baking sheets. Brush with 2 tablespoons buttermilk. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. ( sprinkled with cinnamon sugar)

Bake until scones are golden and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 13-15 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; let cool.

1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp butter melted
about 2 Tbs. cream
few drops Almond extract
few grains salt

Stir ingredients together in a small bowl, using just enough cream for desired consistency. Spread on mostly cooled scones and top with a few lavender buds.


SarahGeorge said...

Dear Lorraine,

That's really really sweet!. Thanks for sharing such wonderful memories with yummy looking scones as well :).

Maryann said...

You brought back some of my own childhood memories while I was reading this. You scones look so inviting...too bad I don't live next door...enjoy!

lindsey said...

I love this post, those scones look amazing and I like the word parlor but we wouldn't use it in the UK these days. We would use the word cellar instead of basement. I love your family photos too, I used to fall asleep on the lounge floor and my Dad would carry me up to bed. We just had lounge, dining room and kitchen but over here people would sometimes call the lounge a sitting room or front room as it is usually at the front of the house.

Leann said...

Loved this post about the parlor.We always said living room and cellar. Still say cellar:)

Love the scone recipe too!
thanks for sharing!


Winnie said...

Sweet loving post :)

As for the scones - I loved the fact that you used lavender.
It took me a long time to get some lavender and now i'm looking for recipes to use it
They look wonderful, and the photos are gorgeous

a quiet life said...

oh what a beautiful post... i am very smitten with lavender, its my new s&p! i have been cooking with it like mad lately, you pics are a breath of fresh air~

EMMA said...

Both my grandparents had a parlor, and on my mothers side 7 children and on my fathers 12! Neither had big houses but despite a need for space, in both households the parlor was only ever used when the priest was visiting!!

NanaDiana said...

What wonderful memories and a great recipe, Lorraine. I hope you had a wonderful summer day today- xo Diana

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' that 4th pic!!! The scones sound great and what fun memories! Wish I could find one of those old tinsel trees, my G-Mom-B had one too:@)

Susan said...

Hi LDH....Oh yes, I grew up knowing the parlor and the cellar. Some things in life never change. ha haha

Enjoyed your post and the lavender scones. Never had them. Susan

kitty said...

Lorraine, you take the prettiest photos and arrange everything so perfectly. I loved the memories of TV watching in the parlor with your parents. Your scones sound and look delicious.

Carol Z said...

We never had scones either, but I do like them and yours look delicious.

Heather said...

Oh I can smell that beautiful lavender from here!! Those scones look amazing and how fun to hear and see about the Parlor xoxo Heather

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Such lovely memories and wonderful photos. The scones sound really nice and your photos are always gorgeous. Have a great day. Tammy

Diane said...

Oh, I love scones and we did not have them as children, either. I loved your photographs - some of them could have taken from our photo albums (with different faces, of course!). Such a sweet post!

Mary said...

Your scones look delicious and beautiful on your parlor table! Perfect to share with sweet memories too :)

janice15 said...

A lovely post.. we didn't have scones either but I adore them now .. and whether it be in the Garden Dinning Room or in the Parlor as you say.. I love them... thank you so much for your sweet visit Happy Thursday with love Janice

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks for sharing your delicious scones, they look so yummy!


Debbie said...

I loved everything about this post...soo sweet and lovely. I like it being thought of as the parlor too. The scones look DELICIOUS! Hope you enjoyed your day!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Oh how wonderful that you are able to make these scones from lavender you've grown. Your setting in the "parlor" is beautiful. I love your mosaic of photos. So many of the dresses look like something I wore "back then". I loved your memories of watching t.v. in the parlor. It made me think about how few stations we had available, but it seems I could always find something to watch, and now, with so many stations, I have trouble finding anything worth watching. I enjoyed your post. laurie

Debra @ Homespun said...

SCONES were always in books that I read...because I think that I must have read a lot of books by English authors over the years.

Now, we called our living room a living room but yes to Cellar! :)

I loved this post down memory lane..so much fun! :) And the old pictures are wonderful to view. I really need to try to make scones one of these days ....yours look delicious! This goes on to the "when the weather cools again a bit and I want to bake in the early morning" list for sure :)

We had the train under the tree and the houses and people too : ) Some were purchased and some things, such as a log cabin, the fence around the entire thing, and a few other pieces..my grandfather made :)

Well I suppose that you can tell that I enjoyed your post! :)

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

Such a wonderful post!
You brought back some memories for me with the different TV shows that you listed.

Your recipe sounds wonderful! =)

Suzanne said...

Thanks for stopping by the cottage. I am a quiet visitor to your door usually:-) Love your recipes, how I wish I didn't have dietary restrictions--they always look so yummy!

Ellya Brill said...

This makes my mouth's watering. Love all the pictures..just beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.


Kathleen said...

Lovely post! We never called ours a parlor growing up, and we didn't have a den, but it was a big living room, 20 x 20, lots of chairs, and still room to dance while watching American Bandstand!
The scones look so good! Thanks for linking to Let's Dish, enjoy the weekend.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I think I clicked over from Rooted in Thyme. So beautiful! I love all the white with touches of blue.
The scones look delicious with lavender. I just made some gluten free cranberry scones for a tea party.


Pattie T. said...

Spring always gets away from me. Spring, summer, fall, winter. I always seem to be running a season behind. I missed getting lavender for the garden this year and am now kicking myself because I so want to make these scones.

Carolyn Liu said...

I just made these scones today and they were AMAZING! I doubled the amount of lavender and followed the rest of the recipe. It tasted amazing! Haven't had such perfectly soft and moist scones before! Thanks for sharing!


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