Tea Party Girl makes every effort to test new afternoon tea foods. Today’s review features Barista Break and Bake Scones now available in three flavors at Super Walmart. Break and Bake scones are located next to Nestle cookie dough products in the refrigerator section.
Break and Bake scones sell for around $2.50 and make eight 3 inch by 2 inch mini scones. Scones come in chocolate chip, blueberry and almond flavors and take around 20 minutes to bake.
Here’s what I thought. First off, I love the idea. It is a fantastic option for a busy woman looking to offer a “fresh” afternoon tea experience without all the effort.
Unfortunately I wasn’t enchanted. This may be an ok option in a pinch but be sure to let the scones cool before serving. When served hot these scones taste artificial. Only when the pastries are completely cool do they begin to resemble the taste of a coffee shop scone.
My suggestion? Freeze your own scones ahead of time. Choose to use either a quality scone mix like Cupboard of Blessings or Iveta or make your own house recipe. Once you have cut the dough into triangles place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Freeze till hard and toss into ziplock bags. The scones will hold for up to 3 months and be ready when you are. Preheat your oven, bake the scones and YOU are a super star. You saved time and effort and most importantly, the scones taste great!
Here is a simple scone recipe that you can freeze ahead of time:
Freeze Ahead Scones1 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 cups flour ( I like pastry flour) 1 cup baker's sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter - chopped 1 egg 1 cup dried cranberries, or raisens, or chopped mango In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and baking soda, and set the bowl aside till later.Preheat your oven to 350 and grease the cookie sheet.Mix dry ingredients and cut in cold butter. Work till mixed.Stir in sour cream mixture and egg. Don't over stir.Turn the bowl over and knead the dough for a short time on a floured board.Pat the dough into a round and cut into 12 pizza like triangles.Bake for 12 minutes or so.