Easy whole wheat scones and a cup of Earl Grey tea just about softens any stressful day. This scone recipe can be made and kept in the freezer until the moment arrives when you need that bit of British civility after a seemingly impossible day.
My favorite way to enjoy this recipe is to invite a friend over for tea and serve the scones on a vintage plate that I bought at thrift store. While on an extended visit to the Midwest, I strolled into a quaint antique store and found the perfect teapot for Earl Grey.
When preparing food, keep these real food habits in mind:
Avoid using ingredients that you cannot pronounce
Keep the ingredients simple and as close to nature as possible. Better to have your food grown in nature than in a lab by men who sport white coats and use Bunsen Burners and Petrie Dishes all day.
Eat food that doesn’t come from a box that you talk into
Of course, there will be times when you need to eat food not cooked in your kitchen. Make that the exception and not the norm. When you do need to make that occasional stroll through the drive-thru, scan the menu for food prepared by hands not machines, foods with less than five ingredients, and foods that don’t have adjectives like “Super Size” (or any synonym of it) precede the name of the actual food. Order foods that list their ingredients or brave it and ask what is in the food that you are about to order. You are shelling out money for the food, so know what you are getting. And don’t apologize to the sweet high school kid behind the counter serving you; you need to know what you are putting into your body. Asking a food service employee to know the contents of the food he sells will benefit him as well.
Eat foods that will decompose
The more processed the food, the longer it takes to rot. Preservatives are added to prolong shelf life, and the center aisles of the grocery stores are home to most highly preserved and processed foods. Real food shoppers cling to the outer edges of the supermarkets where foods require refrigeration. Don’t be fooled, though, some refrigerated foods contain food dyes, high fructose corn syrup, and other stabilizers (yogurts for example).
This whole wheat scone recipe complies with all of the real food habits suggested in this post.
Micheal Pollan’s handy eater’s manual, Food Rules offers an insightful and practical list of real food habits to incorporate into your everyday life.
Express gratitude for your food
Many take food for granted. We consume sizable quantities of food in such haste and with little regard for the provision and beauty of food. How do you launch a life of gratitude for food?
- Eat real food that is grown in nature which God graciously provided. Let’s face it, the laboratory concocted Twinkies don’t entice the senses the same way that a ripe, succulent kiwi does.
- Sit and eat whenever possible at a table. Studies show that people who habitually eat while driving or eat in front of the television often over eat and eat too quickly.
- Learn to cook real food. Opportunities to learn to improve your culinary skills have never been easier to obtain. With technology so readily available, there really is no excuse not to learn to cook. If you own a mobile device, you have access to a virtual chef via Youtube, cooking shows, webinars, etc. If you are a more traditional learner, sign up for a cooking class through your local community college non-credit courses, visit the Whole Foods market website for their culinary class schedule, or check out a book from the library. Just learn to cook real food.
- Give thanks to God for food.
Easy Whole Wheat Scone Recipe
- 2 cups of home-milled white whole wheat flour or a high commercially milled King Arthur flour or Bob's Red Mill flour or Wheat Montana
- 3 Tablespoons coconut sugar or date sugar (if you are trying to eat clean food never use white sugar or an artificial sugar substitute
- 2 Teaspoons of baking powder aluminum-free
- 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter
- 1 large egg (use free range eggs)
- 1/2 cup milk (whole milk or unsweetened almond milk for a dairy free option)
- Optional: 1/2 cup of chocolate chips Use chocolate chips void of artificial ingrediants