You’re having a fantastic day. Nothing is going wrong. Everything is perfect. You’re getting along with everyone in the best way you possibly could, the zit on your face finally went away, your hair is perfect even though it’s africa hot and humidity is as high as it can be without the sky crying. So why would you go out to lunch all by yourself? Why would you sit in that coffee shop, staring out the window, eating a scrumptious scone without saying a word to anyone?
I’ll tell you why. Because being alone amongst strangers is one of the most blissful feelings in the world. The world becomes yours. People are free to be watched. The waiter might look at you with sympathetic eyes. The girls from your school sitting at the table next to you might keep staring, wondering why you’re alone. But to you, it won’t matter. You’re enjoying the most wonderful hours of your day. It’s like meditating amongst the chaos that surrounds you.
Now, reading this you might think that I’m some crazy loner teenage girl. So not true. I hate being alone. Completely alone, at least. It’s terrifying. There’s something about having all the freedom in the world, but knowing that there are still hearts and minds and souls around you that feels so refreshing.
Go ahead. Take some alone time. Sit in starbucks, look at the hipsters. Walk around the mall, observe the teenage girls. Walk the boardwalk, be glad you aren’t running. Go to a steakhouse by yourself, let the waiter think you’re being stood up. Or don’t. Invite him to sit down. Who knows, maybe being alone can help you make friends with strangers. But before you do any of this, make these scones. They taste like strawberry pop tarts, and are kind of healthy!
Strawberry Pop Tart Scones
adapted from eat live run
-1 cup ap flour
-1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
-1 Tbsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 cup sugar
-6 Tbsp cold butter, cut up
-1/2 cup heavy cream
-1/4 cup milk
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 tsp vanilla bean paste
-1 cup fresh strawberries, cut into 1/4″ slices
-1/4 cup cream
-2 tbsp sugar in the raw
-dash of vanilla
-1/2 cup confectioners sugar
-1 tsp milk
Preheat to 425.
Combine cream, milk, strawberries, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean paste.
In a separate bowl, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut butter into flour mixture and combine with your hands until it resembles coarse meal.
Make a well in the center of the flour/butter. Pour cream and milk mixture into flour mixture. Stir together. Dough will be very wet and sticky. Form dough into an approximately 2″ tall and 8″ wide circle on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush dough with cream. Sprinkle with sugar in the raw. Using a bench scraper, cut dough into 8 pieces, or cut in half again to make 16 smaller scones.
Bake for 16 minutes or so, until scones are light brown.
Combine sugar, vanilla, milk in a bowl. Drizzle over scones.