The next selection for 12 Days of Oscar is the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland. The film is based on the Lewis Carroll novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. The film shows a now nineteen-year-old Alice, who is visiting Wonderland thirteen years after her first visit, as a young woman. Following an unexpected marriage proposal, Alice runs off to chase the white rabbit in a blue waistcoat and, in doing so, falls down the rabbit hole into Underland. After some debate between the White Rabbit, the Dormouse, the Dodo, and brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum as to whether this Alice is the right Alice, Alice is told she is the Alice who will kill the Jabberwocky. While wandering around the woods, Alice encounters the Cheshire Cat, who takes her to the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Ultimately, Alice will champion the White Queen in a battle against the Jabberwocky, who champions the Red Queen. The film won Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. It was also nominated for Best Visual Effects and lost the Oscar in that category to Inception.
One of the most widely mentioned scenes in this movie is of course, the tea party where Alice meets the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Scones were among the first things that came to mind when I wondered what I’d serve at a tea party of my own. These chocolate chip scones are so good, it was hard to have twelve of them in the house and not eat them all myself. They would be as good with a cup of tea before bedtime as they were with a cup of coffee for breakfast. It was hard to believe these were a lightened up version of one of my favorites.
Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Scones
- 3/4 C. cold buttermilk
- 1/4 C. sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 C. all-purpose flour
- 1 C. white whole wheat flour
- 1 Tbs. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 Tbs. chilled butter (must be cold) cut into small pieces
- 3/4 C. chocolate chips
- cooking spray
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 Tbs. sugar
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine the first four ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Combine both flours, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender, or use 2 knives, until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Add milk mixture to the flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly four times with floured hands.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Form the dough into an 9-inch circle onto baking sheet, about 3/4″ thick.
Using a knife, cut dough into 12 wedges all the way through, but do not separate the wedges.
Brush egg white over the dough and sprinkle sugar over it.
Bake 18-20 minutes, until golden.
Makes 12 servings.