Living in a well populated city would make you believe that making adult friends would be easy. So, why does it seem so hard sometimes?
Is it because we get so caught up in our own agenda, fears of rejection, or because we think we are going to be judged? Is scheduling conflicts too much to bare the hassle of trying to find a specific date to get together? It is probably a combination of all the above.
I love my circle of friends and I have many that have been really close to me for a long time. Unfortunately some have moved to other cities or provinces and do not live where I do. It is great when we get together, but it would have been nice if they stayed located here. Even though I miss them so, they have built a new life with new careers, new homes, and new surroundings to explore. And I’m so glad that they are happy.
It is great when those friends come to town to visit or when we make the trip to catch up with one another. Sometimes it is an annual event like with my one friend who makes a point of stopping in to visit. Our time together is a rapid fire of this, that, and the other thing that would make most people blush. It is wonderful! No topic, comment or outburst is off limits. Bliss!
Many a glass of wine is consumed during these visits and it generally turns into many nights out within one single evening. Time is precious most of the time so we have to get it all in before Cinderella’s dress disappears. We have so far avoided being arrested and our Hubby’s just let us do our thing on our own terms. They thankfully keep the kids out of earshot and away from the action while we do away with ‘Adulting’ for one incredible evening.
Even though the venue and setting may have changed as of late to sometimes coffee and scones, the conversation has not faltered to a lower level of what is to be expected. Which I am very thankful for. I whipped up these scones layered with jam for our last visit as it was to occur during breakfast hours. No wine this time, but everything else was just right. Maybe we matured a bit to engaging in what ‘proper ladies’ do. Bahahaha. Okay.
Perhaps we won’t be invited out together for high tea anytime soon, but I would prefer a good gossip session with someone I can be myself with. Who knows, by chance another ‘bad’ girlfriend may locally come my way. Those are the best encounters. Until that time comes, it is time to enjoy crumbly flaky scones with a thick layer of jam sandwiched in the middle. Pinky’s up and all that jazz.
Why mess with jam on the side? Bake the jam within your scone to create a delightful partner to your next coffee date.
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 cup butter chilled, cut into pieces
- 2 eggs room temperature, beaten
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup saskatoon jam
- 2 Tbsp raw coarse sugar to top scones
In a large bowl , whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon & nutmeg.
Using a pastry cutter, blend in the chilled butter into the flour mixture until it is crumbly & butter is the size of small peas.
In a small bowl, stir together the eggs, milk, & vanilla. Add it to the dry ingredients & stir gently with a wooden spoon until just combined.
Divide the prepared dough into 3 even amounts & shape into round discs about 1 inch thickness. Place them on a baking sheet & let chill in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Prepare baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove chilled discs & carefully slice in half horizontally. Spread the Saskatoon jam on the bottom half of each disc & place the top back to sandwich the jam in between the layers of scone dough.
Place the discs on a the prepared baking sheets & lightly brush with water or some extra milk. Sprinkle with the coarse sugar. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until they are golden brown & a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Remove from the oven to let cool on wire racks for about 10 minutes. Cut the discs into wedges and serve.
Store leftover scones in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for a couple of days.
*you can substitute the Saskatoon jam with any of your favourite jam flavours