Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Berries Circles Scones

by Csillag

Anakin Skywalker was born into slavery on Tatooine. He and his mother worked very hard for their masters — first Gardulla the Hutt, then Watto the Toydarian — during the day, but they spent many quiet evenings doing simple things together. Sometimes Shmi would help her son work on the protocol droid her was constructing; other times he would help her in the kitchen. One simple recipe that she taught him to make was for a scone — a slightly sweet biscuit flavored with a variety of fruits, depending on what was available in the market. His favorite version contained mixed berries. If Jira, the old fruit seller had no berries to give him at the end of her day, he would sometimes take some of the extra money he earned and instead of buying parts for the droid, he would bring home the expensive, exotic berries imported from off-planet and ask his mother if they could make the scones as a special treat.

Several years later when Anakin was in the midst of his Jedi training, he had a tendency to get into mischief and occasionally had to be rescued by his Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Often times Obi-Wan would be forced to haul him out of a Swoop Race in the garbage pits of Coruscant, which he would have won fair and square, but the other participants never saw it that way. They'd return to the Jedi Temple smelly and tired and be admonished by the Council for reckless behavior ... yet again.

Since all sorts of produce was readily available on the capitol, and Anakin still enjoyed cooking as a form of relaxation, AND since he had already learned that Obi-Wan would forgive him his transgressions if he made a sincere apology and a tasty peace offering, he would get some of the same berries he used to scrounge or buy on Tatooine and make the scones he had made with his mother. When the hot, steaming pastries were presented to him, Obi-Wan would just shake his head, then thoroughly enjoy his Padawan's culinary effort.

Later still, on one foray on Coruscant Anakin saw mixed berries at a market. He remembered the scones he had made with his mother, and so bought a large quantity to take back to Padmé, whom he had married in secret at the start of the Clone Wars. As he made the scones, he shared his memories of his late mother with his wife, and was pleased that Padmé could share this small connection to his mother, the other woman in his life. In her honor, he nicknamed them Na-Berries Scones, which she found charming and endearing ...

His wife loved the delicious, fruity scones and made sure to save what they didn't eat right then, so she could have them when Anakin could not be with her. A couple of days later when Obi-Wan and Anakin came to call on her to consult on some business the Jedi and the Senate had in common, she could not resist tweaking her secret love a little and brought out the scones he had made and served them. Her eyes twinkled with mischief as she glanced at Anakin, who was hard-pressed to keep his consternation from Obi-Wan's attention, but it was for naught — the older man had already figured out how Padmé could have come across scones which he'd only known Anakin to make ...

Many years passed and Obi-Wan was now the Jedi Master of his former Padawan's son, Luke Skywalker. He, Luke, R2D2 and C3PO were on Han Solo's Millennium Falcon on their way to Alderaan to deliver the 'droids to Bail Organa. It was a long flight and Han and Chewie were occupied with keeping the dilapidated ship in working order. As part of their passage, Obi-Wan and Luke had agreed to take on the cooking chores while onboard and early on, Luke volunteered to make breakfast. He looked through the food storage containers and found frozen mixed berries. He made up a batch of scones and passed them around.

"Not bad, Kid, just like Mama's, eh?" Han teased after his first bite. As Luke blushed, the cocky pilot grabbed a plateful and headed up to the cockpit, to share the treats with his Wookiee co-pilot.

Obi-Wan, meanwhile, had stopped in mid-chew. He recognized the flavor, texture, smell — the very presence! — of the berry scones instantly. "Where did you learn to make these, Luke?" he asked in astonishment.

"My Aunt Beru taught me. She said my Uncle Owen's mother had taught her ... she called them Berries. Do you like them?"

The old man looked thoughtful but smiled, realizing that Luke's father might have played on the similarities between the words "Berries" and "Naberrie," and he remembered back to the long terrible night that Luke's mother had died ...

"I was just thinking Luke, the universe moves in circles. You will be come a powerful Jedi ... like your father, but better! Finish up, we must commence your training ..."

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1½ cups frozen unsweetened mixed berries
  • 2 servings butter-flavor cooking spray (two spritzes)
Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, blend together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in butter with a pastry cutter or two knives until the mixture is the size of fine crumbs. Stir in buttermilk and then stir in berries; once you add the liquid, work the dough as little as possible. It need not be uniformly smooth — some dry patches are okay.

Shape dough into two 7-inch circles on a prepared baking sheet. Cut each circle into 6 wedges (do not separate) and coat each circle with cooking spray.

Bake for about 20 minutes, till cooked golden and cooked through. Yields 12 servings.

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