I’m going to call these my lucky scones. Immediately after making them and gifting them to my friend I ran into the star of my favorite TV sitcom. I’m minding my business washing my hands in the ladies room of Le Diplomate, a hip new Washington D.C. restaurant, and I look up in the mirror to see a stunningly beautiful woman in a gorgeous blue dress fixing her lipstick in the mirror. Ummm… Gloria???
My first thought was ‘wow, that woman looks a lot like Sofia Vergara.’ Then I started counting how many glasses of wine I could have had a dinner. Nope, two glasses of wine was not clouding my vision, that wasn’t it. Meanwhile I’ve been soaping my hands for three minutes. I steal a glance in the mirror again. I am thinking ‘this woman looks A LOT, A LOT like Sofia Vergara. Lucky her.’ Then a woman pops into the ladies room says something in Spanish to this gorgeous woman in a blue dress, fluffs her hair for her, then walks out.
It’s totally just a coincidence that this woman speaks Spanish, I tell myself. And I mean my friends would fluff my hair for me in the restroom… wait… no, no they wouldn’t. Hmmm, I’ve now used three paper towels, my hands are really dry, there is not a drop of water left on them. And I left my bag at the table so I can’t pretend to fix my lipstick. I check my outfit. Why did I wear this pink shirt? I thought it was cute when we left the house. But now next to this womens shiny, tight fitting blue bandage dress my shirt is looking a little boring. And why didn’t I wear that other necklace?
I then begin to fluff my own hair. How come it has no bounce? My hair looked nice at 7am this morning. But I suppose that was before I worked a full day, hopped on a flight to D.C., drove to my friends house, and then went out to dinner. Maybe it would bounce more if one of my friends popped into the ladies room to fluff it for me?
Ok, I’ve officially run out of things to do in the restroom. I smile at the intimidatingly beautiful woman who I think looks just like Sofia Vergara and I leave the restroom.
At the table two minutes later my friend has found a picture on Instagram of a woman wearing a gorgeous blue dress much like the one I described with the caption ‘Family dinner in DC.’ The Instagram account was Sofia Vergara.
In the 5 years that Modern Family has been on the air I haven’t missed one episode. Even on the worst of days the show is guaranteed to make me laugh out loud. And now I can say that I have seen the gorgeous star of the show, and believe me when I say she is even more beautiful in person. Maybe next time I’ll be able to form some words with my mouth and speak to her. I hope there is a next time. I guess I’ll just have to keep making these scones and hope they bring me luck again!
Roasted Strawberry White Chocolate Scones
2 1/4 Cups Flour
1 Tablespoons Baking Powder
6 Tablespoons Butter, cold (unsalted)
1/2 Cup Milk
1 lb Strawberries
1 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 Cup White Chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 450.
Start by roasting your strawberries. Cut strawberries in quarters. Toss on a rimmed cookie sheet or dish with sugar and balsamic vinegar. (I put parchment down for easy clean up.) Roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool scoop strawberries out and reserve the juice.
In a large bowl mix together flour and baking powder. Cut butter into small cubes and then mix into flour mixture until pea size crumbles. Mix strawberries and chocolate into the flour mixture. Mix egg and milk in a small bowl to combine. Pour milk mixture into the flour mixture, using a spoon or hands to mix.
When combined transfer to floured work surface and gently knead dough a couple time. You want it to come together nicely but you don’t want to squish all the strawberries. Add a little bit more flour if needed. Using your hands press dough into flat 9 inch square. Use a knife and cut into 9, 3 inch squares.
Place on lined cookie sheet an inch apart.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Drizzle tops with melted white chocolate. And if desired combine reserved strawberry juices with a bit of confectioners sugar until desired consistency and drizzle over the tops.