Fiona's Cinnamon Scones from Outlander book Voyager

Fiona's Cinnamon Scones from Voyager for Christmas Morning

"A pound of best butter -- that's what you told me to ask for, and I did, but I kept wondering whether there was such a thing as second-best butter, or worst butter --" Brianna was handing over wrapped packages to Fiona, laughing and talking at once.

"Well, and if ye got it from that auld rascal Wicklow, worst is what it's likely to be, no matter what he says," Fiona interrupted. "Oh, and ye've got the cinnamon, that's grand! I'll make cinnamon scones, then; d'ye want to come and watch me do it?"

"Yes, but first I want supper.  I'm starved!"  Brianna stood on tiptoe, sniffing hopefully in the direction of the kitchen.  "What are we having -- haggis?"

"Haggis!  Gracious, ye silly Sassenach -- ye dinna have haggis in the spring!  Ye have it in the autumn when the sheep are killed."

"Am I a Sassenach?" Brianna seemed delighted at the name.

"Of course ye are, gowk.  But I like ye fine, anyway."

Voyager, Chap 3


What traditions does your family keep on Christmas morning?

We used to gather in the living room, and Dad would bring in coffee and hot chocolate while we opened our stockings.  Mom always put a mandarin orange in the toe, along with some mixed nuts, still in the shell (it was the 70's - does anyone still do that?)  Those, and the little games, puzzles and books that came along with them would tide us over while Dad returned to the kitchen to make his famous potato pancakes, with strips of bacon running down the middle.

We needed a huge breakfast to fuel the session of present opening that was about to commence.  We would each open one at a time, while everyone else watched.  It took a long time, what with 5 of us and several presents each, but everyone got to see what everyone else got, we laughed a lot, and we genuinely shared Christmas day, beyond the gifts we exchanged.

These days, when we spend Christmas at home,  it's a slightly smaller affair.  We tend to go a little lighter on the prezzies AND the breakfast -- after all, it's Christmas -- there's lots more food to come later in the day...


I can't say that this would have been how Fiona made her cinnamon scones back in 1968 -- grating the butter and rolling the dough isn't exactly traditional -- but it does result in a wonderfully tender crumb and a cinnamon-bun-like appearance with lots of crunchy sweet edges to munch on.

For an easy, no-mess Christmas morning treat, make these up ahead of time, then freeze them uncooked.  Warm up the oven while you get the kettle/coffee maker on, pop the frozen scones in the oven, then get down to the business at hand and open those stockings! (See the tips below the recipe.)

Fresh-baked cinnamon scones scenting the house and a table full of happy wames...that's what an Outlander Kitchen Christmas is all about.

Merry day one and all.


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