The Foodha and his padawan chose to announce their findings by first taunting my (Anna’s) ability to be patient:
The entries have all been devoured now for quite some time, the ratings done, etc. But I’m withholding the official announcement till some undecided time just to try to help Annae develop some much-needed patience. You other two I don’t much worry about on that end of thangs.
Then, a mere six hours later, the results were revealed (and reviled):
I’ve never had a scone that made me stop and say “damn that’s a great scone.” I’ve never really been all that impressed with scones – too dry, not enough fruit, not enough like other baked goods that I enjoy. When we decided the first waffle-off challenge was to be a waffled scone, I was a little nervous. When I started looking up recipes to waffle, I became even more nervous. There was rolling and cutting involved…and I definitely needed to buy more butter. I had no idea how this was going to translate into a waffle iron. We’ve waffled some strange things, but I really had no idea what to expect with the dough I was about to create.
When I finally settled on a recipe, I selected a recipe that reflected the type of scones I have typically eaten and semi-enjoyed (since I knew Anna was doing something with raspberries, I decided to go in a different direction than I probably would have initially gone). I also selected a recipe that didn’t make me feel like I ingested calories just by reading the recipe – not quite as much butter and included whole wheat flour, maple syrup as primary sweetener, and oats (although I still don’t want to know how many calories are in this thing!). I was concerned that the use of the maple syrup in both the scone and the glaze and the texture of waffle-scone made the finished product too waffle-like and not enough scone-like; however, when in front of the judges, they found my entry to lack in waffle-likeness. Who knew.
Well, the results are in and the most surprising thing of note is not that I lost, but that chocolate lost. I mean, really? Who doesn’t love a bit o’ chocolate in their scone? Or anything, for that matter – I’m still coming to terms with the idea of chocolate covered bacon, but I know chocolate is a for sure winner.
The Raspberry White Chocolate Sconcoction was supposed to be a winner. Just sayin’.
The one and only CHAMPION!!
With a combined score of 48/50 the Amaretto Cherry Bomb exploded over the competition. In what can be described only as a dominating performance in the first competition, this sconwaffle walked away from the pack and makes me the front runner for all future competitions. When I entered this competition I had some doubts about how well I could do. While I have the most cooking experience in the field however, my experience with a waffle iron and scones amount to a cafeteria waffle bar and a coffee shop scone. In the end however my improv ability shines through. As always when taking on a new challenge I kept it simple. A quick google search came up this recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-scones/detail.aspx . Choosing the Cherry-Almond option I dove right in and with a few slight modifications I delivered my masterpiece. I look forward to the next competition to prove my clear superiority!
The first Waffle Off challenge is the “Waffle-Scone” competition, in which we will each interpret the challenge of determining which came first – the waffle, or the scone. What makes a waffle-scone or a scone-waffle? What are the conditions and qualities required to achieve the ideal blend of waffle, scone, and tastiness? This philosophical question will likely keep us up at night, staring at the heavily textured ceilings of our rental units.
We are each preparing our own concoctions and recipes. Our entries must be mailed by Wednesday, June 13th. Here are our anticipated entries:
Austin: The Amaretto Cherry Bomb
Anna: The Raspberry White Chocolate Sconcoction
Lisa: The Magic Maple Mystery (or whatever she chooses to call it when she reads this post … AHEM, Lisa)
Our judges will be the holy Foodha and his Padawan learner, Cormac. We’ll be judged on a five point scale in five categories to determine the winner. Keep posted to see what comes of our experiments.