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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Yaffe

My old Kentucky scone

It is one of my life’s small, poignant sorrows that I have not yet made it to the Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, which by all accounts is really a blast. This year’s festival, the eighth, will take place July 15-17, and, alas, I’m going to miss it once again.

And as if I weren’t already sorry enough, comes this story about the delicious-sounding scones that will be featured during the festival weekend. The two winners were selected from among fifty-seven recipe-contest entries tested by a squad of Janeite bakers.

The names alone – Orange Vanilla Scone and English Toffee and Walnut Scone – are enough to set tastebuds a-watering, and I am already planning to try out the recipe helpfully included with the news article. My local chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America is planning a group viewing of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, now that it’s out on DVD, and I think English Toffee Scones may be the perfect accompaniment to Regency horror-movie bloodshed.

But why no second scone recipe? I guess you have to go to the festival. Which I hope to do next year.

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