in the kitchen with: emma bowen of dulcinea baking

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i met emma as we both frantically took notes during survey 1 in the history of decorative arts and design program at parsons. i remember standing next to her at the photocopy machine that very first semester when she told me that she really wanted to be a baker. my first thought was ‘what are you doing here?’ closely followed by ‘wonder if she’ll bring treats to class?’

emma graduated from parsons in may and has managed to marry her two loves – she teaches the history of decorative arts to aspiring interior designers and she just started dulcinea. in addition to making specialty cakes and baked goods for order, the cornerstone of the business is emma’s weekly delivery of  baked goods, which are inspired by the best seasonal produce available. it’s a csa for baked goods! (wouldn’t it be the perfect gift for a new mom or newlyweds?) although after sampling way too many herb and gruyere scones, i can safely say that this is a gift that would make anyone smile! -amy a

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Why Emma chose this recipe:
The Cheese Board, in Berkeley, California, is one of my absolute favorite places. Part specialty cheese shop, part bakery, and part cafe, it is a happily functioning collective at which I’ve often dreamed of working (too bad I live on the East Coast!). It’s just around the corner from my aunt’s house, and whenever I’m in town, I make it a point to visit and try something new.

The Cheese Board’s cookbook is as wonderfully fulfilling as the physical shop—I’ve tried many recipes from it, and they’re all great. A couple months ago, one of my Weekly Delivery customers asked me if I would ever consider delivering savory baked goods. I immediately thought of a cheese scone in the cookbook that I had been wanting to try. I adapted the recipe to my own tastes and tested it out. It’s perfect. I always love sweets, and I especially love using the produce from my farmers’ market to make those sweets, but as the air gets cooler and farmers are shifting gears to their fall stock, I’m squeezing this scone into my deliveries, to be eaten with a bowl of soup, a sliced apple, or just on its own.

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Gruyere and Herb Scones, adapted from The Cheese Board: Collective Works

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons finely ground yellow cornmeal
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
½ pound Gruyere cheese, grated
½ cup chopped herbs (I like thyme and chives)
½ cup heavy cream
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper. Sprinkle lightly with cornmeal.

Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cayenne pepper, and salt together into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add cornmeal and whisk together.

Add the butter to the dry ingredients, and, using the paddle attachment, beat on low speed until butter is the size of small peas. Add the Gruyere and herbs and mix just until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Put the buttermilk and cream together in one bowl or liquid measuring cup, and then slowly add to the mixture on low speed until it is just combined and there is a little flour left on the bottom of the bowl. You may not need all of the liquid!

Empty the contents of the bowl onto a floured surface. Pat the dough together and work in any pieces of dry dough. Sprinkle some flour on the top of the dough, and, either using a rolling pin or just your hands, press the dough until it is about 1 ½ inches thick. Using a circular cookie cutter, dipped in a little flour each time, cut out the scones. Feel free to roll any scraps together and cut those, too. (Alternatively, you can shape the mound of dough into a rectangle about 9 by 6 inches, divide the dough in half lengthwise, and then cut each piece into 6 even triangles.)

Place scones onto prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Brush the beaten egg onto the tops of the scones and bake for about 30 minutes, rotating the pan about halfway through, or until light brown on top.

Yields about 12 smaller scones or 6 big scones.

Lisa

i heart Cheeseboard too and am lucky enough to live right by it. I make their pizza from the cookbook pretty often. so good! I’m totally going to try these savory scones out. thanks!

Jennifer

I must perfect these in time to serve with Thanksgiving dinner! Thanks for sharing the receipe.

sarah

mmm these look amazing. i just made butternut squash soup last night. these would be perfect with the leftovers!

uptownjuliebrown

I think this is a great idea the weekly delivery of baked goods. Especially in my area where there are zero bakeries. However, I have a technical question. Do you rent a commercial kitchen or do you do this from your home? I have considered starting a catering biz but not sure about health code regs. I am sure they differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but was just wondering how you pull this off.

Kate

Where did all of these scone recipes come from all of a sudden? I find it funny, because I’ve been CRAVING them the last few weeks. Perhaps I’m not the only one? :)

uptownjuliebrown

@Kristina-

I live in Washington DC. I have actually tried to read through the codes but haven’t had much success.

If you have any advice it would be much appreciated.

SweetMadelines

mmm…heading home now to make turkey and 3 bean chili and these lovely scones will go along perefectly! Thank you. This is the only plus to the “sudden winter” weather being foist on NYC.

Bel

mmm…Delicious! I’m going to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Anna

Hi there,
I wish there would be a program like Parsons “history of decorative arts and design” here in Sweden, but I don’t think there is one. But does anyone here have any suggestions on literature on this subject? I would be so happy for any tip :)
Thanks! //Anna

amya

Hi Anna! I write a column called Past and Present here on d*s every other Tuesday at noon where I look into an aspect of the decorative arts. Each week i give a suggested reading list – we had some discussion about readings in the comments for this week’s column on the Rococo .
-Amy

Samantha

Is there a way to save just the recipe without all the comments, etc.?

grace

samantha

you can always cut and paste the text from the recipe, but we don’t currently offer a “save” function on the site. we’ll definitely look into this when we update the site design this summer :)

grace

Rachel

we made these last night with salad & cauliflower soup from Smitten Kitchen. Scones were outlandishly good & totally stole the show.

Lauren

Emma’s idea to create a baked goods CSA is fantastic! I wish I still lived in NY so I could sign up. Thanks for sharing your scone recipe, too!

Sania

Like Samantha, would love to be able to click and store these awesome recipes. A PDF option would be great.

Thank you for this!

Sania

Like Samantha, would love a click to save option for all of these awesome recipes. A PDF would actually be great.

Thank you for this! :)

Onepot

So glad to see more and more recipes for savory scones. I adore scones, but despise finding fruity surprises in them.

li

can these be made in advanced? freeze them? how well do they defrost?

RAKEL

made these last night, didn’t have all the ingredients so I used Gouda and rosemary instead. The flavor and texture of these was fantastic, a bonus was that they were just as good today topped with a slice of persimmon on them. So perfect for fall! Thanks!

Suzanne F.

I lived for many years within walking distance from The Cheeseboard – now we live in Portland, OR and there is nothing even close! I’m going to make these to share with my friends here! Thanks for the posting!

Jessica

I was going to do biscuits for Thanksgiving dinner, but these may usurp them – amazing looking recipe!

SushiQueen

I made plane scone today and I was looking for savory scone recipe, and found this site, I would like to bake this!

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