A question about a recipe: Butternut Sage Scones

I have a question about the ingredient "heavy cream, plus more for brushing on top of scones" on the recipe "Butternut Sage Scones" from mrslarkin. I'm all out of cream and milk. I do have ricotta, creme Frau he and mascarpone. Suggestions?

Butternut Sage Scones
Recipe question for: Butternut Sage Scones


mrslarkin September 15, 2011
ok so flour definitely not the issue.

Not so sure. Yogurt is lower fat too.

I bet they'll taste pretty good anyway. Just slather them with something equally yummy. Like fig preserves. And/or Creme Frau he.
MrsWheelbarrow September 15, 2011
King Arthur all purpose. I resisted the urge to add more flour and just put those sticky scones-to-be in the freezer. Maybe I should have used yogurt?
mrslarkin September 15, 2011
Yes,i do! In fact, i made a fresh batch of Creme Frau he yesterday. But i think i goofed the ratio - used 1/2 cream 1/2 buttermilk. It's super tangy.

Stickier, huh? Curious what kind of flour you used? Shirley Corriher says a lower-protein flour will absorb less liquid than a higher-protein flour, making for a wetter dough.

I also think it could be due to the lower fat content in the Creme Frau he, compared to straight heavy cream. Fat coats flour proteins, per Shirley, so lack thereof may contribute to more gluten formation, aka a stickier situation.

Hoping i didn't steer you too terribly wrong. Now thinking we should've gone with the superfatty mascarpone. Ah, well. Report back tomorrow!
MrsWheelbarrow September 15, 2011
What, you don't keep Creme Frau he in your house? Ha! They are in the freezer for tomorrow. A little wetter, stickier than usual. I'll let you know.
mrslarkin September 15, 2011
hmmm...I'm gonna go with creme fraiche (which I think is what your auto correct meant by "creme Frau he"?). The consistency is closest to heavy cream, albeit a bit thicker, but once it gets all mixed together with squash and egg as per step 6, you'll be fine.

You could probably lightly brush the tops with some well-stirred creme fraiche, too, then sprinkle with sugar, as per step 9.

Do let us know how they turn out!! Good luck!
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