In our neighborhood, we usually have annual or bi/annual neighborhood get-togethers. One home volunteers to host the entire street for an afternoon of great company, catching up from our otherwise busy lives and also to indulge in some great food in community. Not to be picky, but their is this one home I never ever miss when they are the hosts. The lady of that home is called Violet but we call her Aunty Vio, because in Kenya, anyone who is not you mother is your aunt by default. Let me tell you, Aunty Vio can make one mean banquet. She does not joke around when it comes to hosting ; from the tender marinated meats, to the freshly baked moist cakes, to the array of fresh salads, and hearty starches. It would be mean to say I attend just for the food and not the company, LOL, but as a foodie, food is a huge part as to why I never miss out on the get-together when Aunty Vio is hosting. One of my favorite cakes that she usually bakes is her lemon poppy seed cake. She gets it right! From the texture and moistness of the cake, to the flavors, to the frosting. It is always a hit!! I make sure to get a
huge slice each time and sneak some back home with me, in true Kenyan fashion, for post party indulgence. Do I sound greedy? Well, maybe I am :DD
With these memories as the back drop, I decided to make drop scones, one of my favorite breakfast recipes with a hint of my favorite cake flavors. I substituted lemons for limes, but either way, they were super duper delicious. Can’t wait for you guys to try this out!!
PREP TIME : 5 MIN COOK TIME: 20 MIN SERVES: 3
1 cup of self raising flour
1 cup of mala (or plain yoghurt )
¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
¼ a cup of blue poppy seeds
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of lime zest
Beat the egg and the sugar for about 4-5 minutes or until it becomes frothy and turns pale yellow.
Then in a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, nutmeg) then add this to the egg-sugar mix. I love the warmth of nutmeg in my drop scones. You can use cinnamon or cardamom in its place to which are just as warm ad aromatic as nutmeg. All three of these spices are available in our local supermarkets, so no excuse :))
Mix this in while adding your mala to it bit by bit until it becomes slightly thicker than yogurt but still heavy and sticky. Using mala instead of milk ensures your drop scones are fluffy. And no, they will not be sour. It is the same thing we used in this recipe and many others on the blog. You can use plain yogurt in its place too or buttermilk if you have some readily in the country you are reading this from. A small change, can make a huge difference. Trust me!
After it is all evenly distributed, fold in your poppy seeds and the lime zest. I did not have lemons at home but I had limes, so it was a definite perfect substitute. You can use any other citrus fruit too, oranges, grape fruit etc. As you are grating your rind, do not grate the white part. You only want the thin colored section. If you grate the white part, the drop scones will have a bitter taste and no one wants bitter drop scones.
As for my poppy seeds, I bought the ones by Naturally from Nakumatt at about 200 shillings a pack. I am sure they will last a lifetime & you can find them too in any other large supermarket too.
Once it is just mixed, you can begin your cooking. Do not over mix.
Add some vegetable oil to a small sufuria. Once it is hot enough, take spoonfuls of the dough with a table spoon and drop one at a time into the oil. A tablespoon may seem too little, but since we are using self raising flour, it will swell up as we cook. Do not take too much since it your scone will be too thick and fail to cook all the way through.
Allow each side to have 2 minutes until they turn golden brown then take from the heat.
Drain with a paper towel then serve. Dust them with some icing sugar or a drizzle with your favorite syrup and you are good to go. *pours tea into mug*
Breakfast being the first meal of the day, why not make it a grand party for your taste buds? If I could, I would make these lime poppy seed drop scones every single day. I especially loved how the taste and aroma of the lime was perfectly complimented by that of the nutmeg. The poppy seeds provided such a beautiful textural element and their nutritional benefits were an added plus!
Light, fluffy , delicious and so easy to make! I really couldn’t ask for more!
To good food and easy recipes,
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