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Scones, Red Rocks, Colorado & Usher’s new song!

Written by Nazarina on October 30th, 2011

How to make food, How to make desserts soar— vanilla scones

All scrumptious fare affords pleasure! This is particularly true of a  scone with clotted cream, which has been heralded as one of the many time- honored traditions of our friends from across the pond. This delicate confection relies on cold butter for its flakiness whereas most recipes of the American biscuit relies more on vegetable shortening for a crumbly texture. I do not bake with vegetable shortening, however,  I do love crumbly textures and achieve this by adding cream cheese, whenever a recipe calls for vegetable shortening. Whatever, the origin or paradigm of this convivial fare, it is also enjoyed by many all over the world, including my Malaysian elders in South Africa. My mother almost always reverted to preparing it for unexpected company, so without further ado, here is my spin on her recipe.

“French vanilla”  scones

These scones were delicate, flaky & even crumbly, accompanied by a mascarpone mousse, ( tasted almost like French vanilla ice cream).  I also made my strawberry & raspberry preserves from scratch with vanilla beans etc…. These all went to my chiropractor & all the lovely ladies who work at the wellness center at “Arne Chiropractic.” Their remarks….ridiculously decadent!

Tahitian vanilla powder & a little of the white vanilla powder, sifted with the flours, is my little spin on this airy scone! Some of the vanilla powder will be left in the sieve, just dump into the bowl with the rest of the flours

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As you can see, lavish amounts of whole sun ripened strawberries & raspberries, not sweet at all, no pectin or sugar needed in my preserves, it’s all about the fruit,  & some surprising ingredients !


I ask this frivolous & not in the least condescending question with the utmost respect of all the ladies out there……Is a woman’s worth really measured by her ability of making a good biscuit? The reason for my question is that I have recently discovered the “Little house on the Prairie” series & now receiving all the episodes from Netflix. Anyway,  there is one episode whereby Carolyn Ingalls is put to the test by making biscuits for a possible position as a cook in a hotel, & ultimately she does land the job for making the best biscuits ever! The former cook who was just lousy at cooking was kicked out!  Hey, during the late 1800’s, if a woman could make a good biscuit and a good pot of stew with potatoes, she was pretty much spoken for! I am transfixed by this era portrayed so beautifully by Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, & the rest of the cast, an American Western drama, I just cannot wait to watch nightly with my husband!

I wonder whether my scones would have landed me an amorous encounter with Mr. Charles Ingalls himself, that is only if my husband was not yet in my life LOL! I hope he does not read this!

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This fruit fondant Madeira cake, that I developed here,  is featured in this British magazine below, the Fall issue #114 on page 114. Originally, I contacted them to thank them for the safe arrival of my package with the delectable fruit fondant powders, I purchased from them and much to my delight, they emailed me, asking for a head shot of myself  & the pictures of this cake and publishing my little article in the ” forum” section on pg 114-115. Anyway,  this cake was indescribably delicious, this fruit fondant powder turns into a rich  fruit coolie when mixed with water!

This magazine is sold at Barnes & Noble.




Red Rocks Park is a mountain park in Morrison, Colorado & only 10 minutes drive from my home. I often go here,  either to run up & down the many steps,  go and day dream & most importantly, see my favorite rock bands!. I finally decided to take some pictures last week, while there was no scheduled concert, & share them with you!


I am never without my I Pod, & many of you already know that I love vocal trance. I do love rock too! S..t!**!! this is one run where I really need my IPod, because these steps are forever kicking my big b…..!Anything to detract from the pain will keep my booody moving.

Orjan Nielsen ft Arielle Maren–Redemption

Svenstrup & Vendelboe-Nadia malm…….Danish stars, cool euphoric vocal trance

Medina- Gutter—a Svenstrup & Vendelboe remix….I mentioned her before in my last post, but this is also an awesome remix!

David Guetta ft Usher–without you ( okay, this is no vocal trance, but I still like it)

Red Rocks is my escape from this more often than not frenetic world!



Red Rocks Amphitheater, a world famous venue, hosts many concerts, “Film on the Rocks” ( I love watching movies in the open air), & other events during the summer. I think it seats about 10,000, most probably more! I went to see Santana & the rock bands, Godsmack & Nine Inch Nails, over here. Picture this, after the concerts,  confetti cannons shooting blizzards of confetti shapes from above….pure artistry in motion! It turns serious adults into awestruck children & sends children into giddy glee!

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Flaky vanilla scones with mascarpone mousse & preserves

As usual, please use organic ingredients when possible, however, I used the King Arthur flours here.

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup self rising flour
  • 3 t  “Bob’s Red Mill” double acting baking powder( Aluminum free)
  • 1/2  t Tahitian vanilla powder plus 1 t of the white vanilla powder, just because I have both,  ( optional but not for me! he!he!), Or use whatever one you prefer!….  the Tahitian vanilla powder is finely ground vanilla beans, mine was hardly noticeable in my pictures, because they were dispersed throughout the dough. Trust me when I say that it is potent, but oh so darn delicious!
  • 3 – 4  T organic sugar, I used 3!
  • 6 T cold Plugra ( European, unsalted butter), or any other kind you prefer. I love the richer & creamier taste of Plugra!
  • 1/2 cup of currants
  • 2/3 cup organic milk
  • egg yolk beaten lightly for the glaze


Sift all the flours & the Tahitian & the white vanilla powders together, twice. Some of the Tahitian vanilla powder will be left in the sieve, just dump back into the bowl with the flours.  Remove about a quarter cup of this flour mixture & toss with the currants & set aside, (the reason for this step, so that the currants will not sink to the bottom, but will be evenly distributed throughout the dough). Add the sugar to the flour mixture  & mix with a biscuit cutter. Now cut the cold butter into smaller pieces and cut into the flour mixture with the biscuit cutter. Do me a favor, do not over mix here! It is okay if there are bigger pieces of butter showing! Make a well in the center,  add the currants & then  the cold milk and mix just until incorporated, absolutely no over mixing here either! Always let any dough rest, here for 10 mins. Finally roll out the dough to about 3/4 inch on a lightly floured surface,  stamp out 2 inch heart shape designs, ( please just press firmly down on cutter, no twisting), NB…flip the scones over, so that the bottom of the scone is now on top & then place on the cookie sheet,   about an inch apart, (the cold butter specks will now be on the top & they will rise evenly),  brush with the egg yolk & then let rest again for 12 minutes. N.B. do not let the egg yolk glaze drip over the sides of the scone, this will prohibit the scone from rising! Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for about 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. You will really smell the vanilla aroma when these babies are done! Makes about 9 scones.

Mascarpone mousse

Whisk some mascarpone @ rm temp. with cold Horizon, organic whipping cream & some of the white vanilla powder.  Set the bowl over ice when whisking! Serve the scones with a dollop of this mousse & preserves of your liking.

Thanks for your visit, enjoy my version of the scone!

Lots of love,


P/S…..It is so strange, I make these scones only when we have guests staying over or sometimes for my friend’s B&B, but have never blogged about it before. I did not think that the recipe would be important enough to share until now!

The Plugra & the vanilla powder definitely brought some major mojo to this scone party!

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24 Comments so far ↓

  1. Cindy M. says:

    “Ridiculously good” is what we all said! They were to die for! You are the best patient we have! Cannot wait for your next delicious treat! Yes, we are that pathetic!

    Your love for cooking, baking, soap making and whatever else you do are so very inspiring to those that want to learn!

    Congrats on your publication! BTW, I contacted my editor friend who is at the helm of that successful food magazine, I told you about, she wants you to do a series of vegetarian dishes for the magazine, she loves your stuff!!…please please call me honey!

    From all of us!

  2. NazarinaNo Gravatar says:

    ……….Omg! Cindy, you are all welcome! I am definitely calling you right now as I write! he! he! I am real excited about doing the vegetarian pictures & recipes for the magazine. Thanks for showing her my blog! She obviously liked what she saw!

  3. ……………Those scones look out of this world!!
    …………..I love scones! That jam looks amazing!

  4. NazarinaNo Gravatar says:

    …………..Thanks Kristen, that means a lot coming from a dietitian!

  5. Ochi says:


    Submitted on 2011/11/01 at 5:05pm

    …………thank you for stopping by!!! i am pretty happy to see your new …….post ;D i love the pink cake!!!

    lately as you know i don’t work. i really don’t feel like working since i have so many things that i want to do. 311 made me think that i should best use my time. so now i am into youtube videos. i hope i can keep it up and share as many foods as possible! then maybe someday soon i want to be a mom like you! hehe

    wow! you are an active mom (first i thought)!!! but only 10 min drive?! that’s an amazing place to play with your child!!! hehe

  6. NazarinaNo Gravatar says:

    ……………….Hi Ochi,
    ……….Sorry I accidentally deleted your comment above, stupid me!!! I did however go back until I found your comment, copied & pasted in the comments section & linked it to your website! Unfortunately, I could not get rid of my gravatar! he!he!

    I love your you tube videos, they are a lot of fun!

  7. …………Your scones and preserves look simply delectable!

  8. ochikeronNo Gravatar says:

    thank you nazarina! don’t worry! i sometimes do that, too.

    oh, btw, can you delete my e-mail ?! i know you cannot edit the comment, so you can delete it ;D hehe

  9. crustabakesNo Gravatar says:

    …………..I would want that scones for breakfast tomorrow! they look divine!

  10. These are absolutely beautiful scones! And congratulations on the magazine publication!

  11. NazarinaNo Gravatar says:

    ……….. Thanks Yummychunklet,Crustabakes, I would gladly make it for breakfast, & then we could tour Red Rocks!

    Thanks Melani for stopping by! When I’m in the Chicago area, Yummychunklet, You & I should visit the Las Palmas, that you reviewed!

  12. Congrats on being published, very cool! Your scones look just wonderful. And what a terrific park to have just 10 minutes from you.

  13. DesireeNo Gravatar says:

    What an incredible blog you author! And what a talented lady you are. Thank you so much for leaving your delightful comment on mine. Without it, I would never have discovered you. I’m hooked and am joining as your latest follower.

  14. DeepaNo Gravatar says:

    ……….Hi Nazarina
    ………….Thanks for dropping by in my post and placing your lovely comments. Yours current blog is simply superb. Your vanilla scones look simply delightful and the photos of the rocks are awesome.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  15. NazarinaNo Gravatar says:

    …………Thanks 5 star,love your site!

    …………Desiree, thanks for reciprocating, because now I can find you easily as well! “Ek het ‘n sagte plek vir alle Suid Afrikaaners!”

    Deepa, I love your Indian recipes, they are so tasty!

  16. Oh Naz,

    I see you’re finally becoming the celebrity I knew you could and deserve to be. Your dishes are awesome, and I know that firsthand. Your scones are to die for, and I love the fact they don’t contain extra sugar!!

    Red Rocks is beautiful, and what a great place to have rock concerts. I too love being outdoors for rock concerts, aah the music blaring into the night sky under the stars. So different than seeing concerts here in the city of Pittsburgh!! Each has a beauty of it’s own, but what a view you have!

    Congrads on all your achievements so very well deseved my friend! Much success, love and hugs, talk soon! Jo xoxo

    P.S. Glad you’re sharing some photos of where you live, very interesting to see other states when you don’t live there!! 🙂

  17. deeptiNo Gravatar says:

    Scones look superb….Loved those beautiful clicks


  18. ………….Congratulations on the publication…I can see why. You have a ………….beautiful blog and I am so happy that you came by my blog so …………that …..I found yours.

  19. I love scones and that is such a great idea to sift in the vanilla powder. Very unique! Gorgeous photos.

  20. claudiaNo Gravatar says:

    Wow – do you pack a lot of wonder into a post. Red Rock just soars – as do those scones. No rock-hard coffee-stuff here. And then the mascarpone cream – right to my heart!

  21. ………….Beautiful scones and congrats on the feature, honey 🙂

  22. NazarinaNo Gravatar says:

    ………..Jo, Thank you for all your well wishes & maybe , us girls should go to an out door concert, just think of all the fun we’ll have!

    Deepti. thank you, for the compliment!

    Karen, thank you!loved all those beautiful automobiles!

    Lori, thanks for your visit.Vanilla
    powder is my absolute fav!

    Claudia, thank you.I simply love mascarpone!

    Kiran, thank you, for stopping by!

  23. JulianaNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, the scone look delicious with mascarpone…and the picture of Colorado are awesome…brought me good memories of my trip to Red Rocks.
    Hope you are having a nice week Nazarina 🙂

  24. lenaNo Gravatar says:

    hi nazarina, thanks for coming by my blog on the kaya post. wow, you only live 10 mins away drive from the red rothe red rocks park , it looks an amazing place! i can imagine when you mentioned abt the confetti, that must be real beautiful and colourful, i would go crazy too!congrats on your cake featured in the magazine, it looks absolutely gorgeous!!

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