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I Be Jammin’

19 Jul

I’m in a major jam, y’all. Seriously.

See? Major jam.

One of my favorite imaginary friends from the internet is Renee, who writes the delicious and clever Flamingo Musings blog, and also has a ┬ásite where she sells her jams and marmalades called Freakin’ Flamingo. Renee makes the jams in micro-batches, many of them with ingredients from her own yard in South Florida.

Last week, she was having a contest for a new tagline, and I first suggested “Yes, I AM pretty Flocking Awesome,” but Renee is wholesome and sweet, so she would have nothing to do with something so suggestive. (Those of you who know Renee just choked on your jam, I know. Sorry.) But as a backup, I also offered up “We’ll Tickle Your Tastebuds Pink!”

That idea won, and so Renee sent me some jam. Strawberry-Mint Jam, and some Mango Thai jam and OH MY GOSH, it is awesome. You should go there right now and buy some. Then send it to me. Oh fine, you can keep it for yourself.

I found this jam far too wonderful for regular toast, so I made some scones. Yes, that is them in the picture above.

Don’t act surprised. I cook sometimes.

If you want to make them, do this:

Mix together:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 1/2 Tbsp. cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk (save the white)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup flour
Mix the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Then, using a pastry cutter OR your clean hands, quickly work the cold butter into the flour until it looks like rough crumbs. Beat the egg and egg yolk, then stir it into the flour mixture, then add the milk a little at a time until you get a soft dough. Knead it about 10 times, then turn it out onto a floured surface and roll it out to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut it with a biscuit cutter (or a juice glass), and set the scones about half an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush them with the egg white you saved and sprinkle them with a little sugar. (Why? Because it’s prettier that way, that’s why.) Bake 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Top with jam.
Which you should buy from Renee. Because it’s delicious.
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