A Great Journalist’s Scones


World War II was won by the masses – those brave armies in the Allied forces – and also thanks to exceptional individuals like Gil Winant, Alan Turing and Edward R. Murrow.

Murrow was not only a brilliant reporter, he was an extraordinary human being – a man deeply moved by suffering, a man who refused to stay silent in the face of hatred and persecution.

Edward R. Murrow’s Oatmeal Scones
(Originally published in radio station WFBL’s “The Cook Book of the Stars” in 1945)

1 cup cooked oatmeal
2/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups flour (use more if dough is too sticky)
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons honey

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix the milk into the cooked oatmeal, and add the salt and melted butter.
3. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix well, and add the honey. If the dough seems very stick at this point, add more flour.
4. On a well-floured board, roll the dough into a circle 1/2-inch thick. Cut into wedges with a floured knife, or use a biscuit cutter or an upside-down glass to cut into circles.
5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until browned.

Note: If you have any scones left over, they reheat very nicely. They also make a surprisingly good base for blueberry shortcake: gently heat a cup or so of blueberries with a quarter-cup of sugar and a tiny bit of water. Layer the shortcakes: bottom half of a scone, warm blueberry sauce, top half, whipped cream, fresh blueberries. Yum.

Yield: Twelve 2-1/2 inch circle scones


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