Frankenstein’s Breakfast Scone

Reverse Engineering

You see something you like and decide you want to make one yourself.  Such was the case with Dr. Frankenstein.  Although the earth had no shortage of humans, he decided to reverse engineer a human, making a few key errors along the way.  The result was not pretty, nor considered a complete success.  Considering the odds Dr. Frankenstein faced, he did come pretty close to achieving his goal.  Unfortunately, close wasn’t quite enough, and things didn’t exactly pan out for him.

The quest to reverse engineer a breakfast scone from a cafe in Tofino, British Columbia may seem much less ambition than the reverse engineering of a human, but the chances of unleashing a murderous monster upon an unsuspecting world seem a lot lower.  With this in mind, I forged ahead and attempted to replicate this:

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I used a basic cheddar scone recipe, then formed the dough into nests.  The trick was to cook the egg in the nest of the scone such that both egg and scone would be done at the same time.  The first and only attempt so far was with baking the scones and eggs together for the full duration of 14 minutes. 

Don’t do this.  As the scones baked, their cupped shapes slackened, and there were a couple of dam breaks, with egg running out onto the cookie sheet.  The ones that did retain their form and hold their egg resulted in an overcooked egg, of a consistency slightly less chewable than a Goodyear winter tire (studless).

So, if one was to attempt this recipe again, I think the key would be to let the scones bake for five or so minutes to let them firm up a bit, then crack the eggs into their forms and continue baking from there.

The other issue is of “egg doneness.”  Some people like eggs soft, others hard.  So, if you want to keep everyone happy, it’s like cooking steaks in reverse.  Some eggs would have to be added earlier than others to attain the right variety of solidity.

So, in terms of reverse engineering, I’d say these Breakfast Scones are pretty comparable in their stage of development to Frankenstein’s monster– almost there, but with a few critical flaws that leave one slightly less than fully satisfied. 

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