Sarah Kieffer is a food blogger and self- taught baker right here in Minnesota. We've never met, but I like to think that maybe someday our paths will cross. People who love food like we do, in spite of the carbs and the flour in our hair, would certainly have enough in common to kindle a friendship. The problem is that I tend to get a little star struck and a little too excited about food- I'm laughing just thinking about how bright eyed I would be in thst situation! Regardless, she's fun to follow on Instagram, and sometimes, I'll be scrolling through and BAM! a picture like this shows up:
Just looking at the picture, I'm craving her Maple Oatmeal Scones all over again. They were moist and buttery, sweet and syrupy, and perfect for breakfast or dessert- just make sure you've got a tall glass of milk to go with them. They're like pancakes with syrup and maple bar donuts rolled into one indulgent treat.
I want to send this recipe to my friend whose Mom always supplies her with real maple syrup from the East coast. I want to send it to my little brother who is learning to bake and can't go wrong with this straightforward, crowd pleasing recipe. I want to host a brunch and serve this warm, to watch as the flavors and textures surprise and charm my guests. And I want to make this again right now because I only ate like half of the first one and I need to make sure it's as good as I'm remembering! (See what I mean about getting too excited about food?)
You can find the recipe for Maple Oatmeal Scone at Vanilla Bean Blog, and, if you haven't already, you should check out Sarah's book The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. It was this book that really got me out of my comfort zone in the kitchen, trying new recipes and new learning new skills. AND her peanut butter cookies are something else!
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