guest post: whole wheat buttermilk scones

Right about now, I’m probably slathering sunscreen on the kids as we get ready to head out to the beach for the day, buckets and shovels and beach towels in tow. My week of vacation is nearing an end, but I’m not letting that thought interrupt my fun.  I didn’t want to leave you all without a lovely post to read while I’m having fun in the sun, so I’ve asked the talented Jen Schall of my kitchen addiction if she would please – pretty please with a cherry on top –  fill in for me for a day. And she agreed! So, check out her post below, and if  you’re on twitter, you can follow her there, or you can become a fan of her facebook page. And definitely visit my kitchen addiction when you’re all done browsing here.

Whenever I write a guest post, I put a lot of thought into the recipe that I want to share. When Merry-Jennifer asked me to share a recipe here on the merry gourmet, she said I could write about whatever I enjoy most. So, I decided that I’d share my recipe for whole wheat buttermilk scones.

Long before I had my own kitchen, I spent a lot of time baking with my mom, and to this day I still have a passion for baking. I love to take recipes made with white flour and jazz them up a bit with healthier ingredients like whole wheat flour. That’s exactly what I’ve done with these scones.

You don’t have to have afternoon tea to enjoy these scones… They’re great for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon snack. And, because they’re made with whole wheat flour, you can enjoy them without feeling any guilt!

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Scones


1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons raw sugar
2 tablespoons milled golden flax
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
Half and half (about 1/4 cup)
Additional raw sugar for sprinkling on top


Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, raw sugar, milled golden flax, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut the butter into chunks and rub into the flour mixture until it is crumbly.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and toss lightly with a fork. Gently mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated and the mixture starts to resemble a dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead a few times until it comes together.

Pat the dough into a rectangle approximately 1/2-inch thick. Use a bench scraper or a knife to cut the dough into wedges (don’t worry about having perfect shapes). Transfer each wedge to the baking sheet. Brush each scone with some half and half and sprinkle with raw sugar.

Bake the scones for approximately 15 minutes, until golden on top. Cool for about 10 minutes on the pan. Serve warm.

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21 Responses to “a spirit-lifting banana bread”

  1. Elizabeth — October 12, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your husband, and hope he’s on the mend soon. A sudden, dramatic change like that can affect so many things in the workings of a family, and it’s no wonder it had you feeling so off. This banana bread, looks completely amazing. It clearly has some serious powers, and I can’t wait to harness them in my own kitchen.

  2. Frances — October 12, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    That banana bread looks wonderful. Wish I could smell it!

    So sorry to hear about your husband’s injury. For your peace of mind re the epidural injection he received, the CDC has information by state of the facilities that received the lots of Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) recalled from New England Compounding Center on September 26, 2012.

    Wishing him the best,

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — October 13th, 2012 @ 8:17 am

      Thank you, Frances! Luckily, the facility that he went to was not on that list. We’re very, very thankful.

  3. Sheri — October 13, 2012 @ 1:28 am

    Baking is a great comfort – I feel so bad for Sam! Back injuries are frustrating and painful! I tore a disc four years ago. Two years of Pilates and physical therapy and three epidurals, I still have to be very careful with my back. I hope he feels better soon.

  4. Km — October 13, 2012 @ 2:33 am

    Love banana bread! You should trythe one from Cooking Light sometime. I think it is coconut banana bread with lime glaze or something of that nature. Dark rum in the glaze and bread…it never lasts long around here and my kids gobble it up!!

  5. Km — October 13, 2012 @ 2:36 am

    Oh, and tell Sam I was in his shoes over last Christmas. I feel his pain and agree it sucks to be in pain but even more to have limitations we aren’t used to! All I can say is Cortisone rocks!! I go in for another shot at the end of the month.

  6. cathy @ Noble Pig — October 13, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Nothing like a loaf to pick you right up! Yummy!

  7. Chloe — October 13, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    My husband had back surgery 3 years ago -it was the only answer, he had broken disc pieces which pinched a nerve causing excruciating pain. His immediate problem was solved by the surgery but the circumstances surrounding such an event are ongoing. In his case it was age related. He’s in his late 60’s. It does change your outlook. I feel very sympathetic to your husband and truly hope that he will become pain- free with proper treatment. Baking is a wonderful solace. I’m glad you have that as it will probably help your whole family. And I want to try your banana bread. I love sour cream!

  8. Kathryn — October 14, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    I’m so sorry that the two of you have had to miss so many things that you were looking forward to; life has a way of throwing us these curveballs doesn’t it?

    I hope he will soon be on the mend and, in the meantime, you can find some peace in the kitchen.

  9. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen — October 14, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about these tough times your little family is going through.. Wishing your husband a speedy recovery. Wonderful banana bread comfort here!!

  10. Deb — October 15, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    When I am restless, sad or filled with anxiety I find that when I busy my hands creating (just the act of getting started) my mind usually follows and the pattern is broken. I suppose that is why baking is commonly mentioned as therapy. And your Banana Bread certainly is a delicious way to ease into a place of comfort!

  11. — October 15, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    I simply adore banana cake and must say due to the milk, egg, wheat & soy free type baking that I try to do, I have never tried banana cake with sour cream.. mmm, sounds delicious

  12. Katie (The Muffin Myth) — October 15, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    Back injuries are the worst! I’ve had my fair share of back problems over the years, and my mom has now had three reconstructive surgeries on her spine. I know what you mean about how frustrating it is to watch someone in pain and missing out on things they love.

    Glad this banana bread lifted your spirits! It looks great, I especially like that it doesn’t have too much fat or sugar in it, compared to many banana bread recipes. I’ve bookmarked it to give it a try.

  13. Sheila — October 15, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    So sorry to hear about your husband. I wish him a speedy recovery. I can relate to how you feel my son had back surgery in February. They put in a prodisc to replace his bad disc
    The banana bread looks wonderful

  14. Sue Riedl — October 16, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    Thanks for such a heartfelt and candid post. I am going to make your banana bread right now (RIGHT NOW), but the post itself was as inspiring as the recipe. You guys are certainly going through some rough times, I wish you all the best and hope the road back to health is smooth and paved with wonderful cooking.

  15. autumn — October 17, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    A perfect loaf of banana bread is an important thing! For both culinary and spiritual reasons. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  16. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily — October 22, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that I know it’s heartbreaking to watch someone you love suffer.
    If he does have to have surgery I can tell you that it helps quite a bit with the pain (I assist in those surgeries all the time).
    Banana bread is one of my all time fav things, nuts and all 😉

  17. Kellie G — November 10, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    Sorry to hear about your husband! Hope he’s doing better now. I have the bread baking in the oven now, though I “veganized” the recipe. Can’t wait til it’s done. The batter alone smells amazing! 🙂

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