Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Scone Recipe

apple cheddar scone

Image from Smitten Kitchen

I got this recipe from a foodie blog, maybe you have heard of it, maybe not. She makes a lot of great stuff, some of it kind a little gourmet for my tastes or to bother to make, but she also makes just a lot of tasty stuff that is simple too. She also is entertaining to read about her cooking process. Here's the link: Smitten Kitchen

Also a note- it was snowing obviously when I made these, so I just used what I had, just regular apples, not tart ones, and just plain old shredded cheese from Walmart instead of sharp cheddar. They still turned out great!

Apple and Cheddar Scones
Barely tweaked from The Perfect Finish

Makes 6 generous scones

2 firm tart apples (1 pound or 2 454 grams)
1 1/2 cups (6.75 ounces or 195 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar plus 1 1/2 tablespoons for sprinkling (total of 2.2 ounces or 63 grams)
1/2 tablespoon (7 grams) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (3 grams) plus additional for egg wash
6 tablespoons (3 ounces or 85 grams)unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes plus additional for baking sheet if not lining it with parchment
1/2 cup (2.25 ounces or 65 grams) sharp cheddar, shredded (white is recommended, I assume for aesthetics)
1/4 cup (2 ounces) heavy cream
2 large eggs

Position a rack at the center of oven and preheat oven to 375 °F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Peel and core apples, then cut them into one-sixteenths. (I assumed this meant chunks, not slivers.) Placed them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them until they take on a little color and feel dry to the touch, about 20 minutes. They will be about half-baked. Let them cool completely. (You can speed this up in the fridge, as I did.) Leave oven on.

Sift or whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Set aside. Place butter in the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, along with cooled apple chunks, cheese, cream and one egg. Sprinkle flour mixture over the top and mix on low speed until the dough just comes together. Do not overmix.

[Don't have a stand or hand mixer? I'd rub the cold butter into the flour mixture with my fingertips or with a pastry blender, hand-chop the apples coarsely and mix the rest together with a wooden spoon until combined. It might feel awkward, but it should all come together. Again, don't overmix it though it will be harder to do this by hand.]

Generously flour your counter top and place the scone dough on top of it. Sprinkle with flour. Use a rolling pin to gently roll (or use your hands to pat) the dough into a 1 1/4-inch thick, 6-inch circle. Cut circle into 6 wedges. Transfer them to a baking sheet that has either been buttered or lined with a fresh sheet of parchment paper. Leave at least 2 inches between each scone.

Beat remaining egg in a small bowl with a pinch of salt. Brush the scones with egg wash and sprinkle them with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake until firm and golden, about 30 minutes. With a spatula, lift them to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Before you eat one, make sure you realize how addictive they might be. Once you’ve got that down, go for it anyway.

Do ahead: Scones are best the day they are baked. However, they can be made ahead of time and stored unbaked in the freezer until you need them. Simply brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle them with sugar, and bake them still frozen for just a couple extra minutes. This way they are always freshly baked when you want them. These scones were passable on day two and terrible on day three.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

HUGE Snow Storm!!!

This last week we had a HUGE snow storm!! It was crazy! Some parts of Craziville got up to 2 ft. of snow! 2 ft. It was basically the first really snow we have had all winter here. So it was kind of amazing to have it all dump at once. And poor Zack had to shovel A LOT of snow! Not to mention all the people he helped dig out of the snow banks. Of course he did have Oliver to help him! Oliver loved shoveling and had a great time, Zack said he actually was a pretty good helper. Zack however, had a less fun time and an aching back as a trophy! And Ruby was DYING to get out there in the snow with Dad and Oli. She just stood at the window and said their names over and over on her little stool. Pointing and crying. So sad. But it was fun to see all the beautiful whiteness out there (from my cozy view inside) and enjoy a fun snow day! We watched a movie, read some books, made some delicious scones. All in all, not to horrible in my book! Looks like today we woke up to more snow. It's still going out there, we'll see if it matches last week!
Oliver getting ready to go shovel outside. Is that a lumberjack face?
A view down our street with all the snow
Relaxing, reading some books with Dad
Our backyard covered in new snow, with some little squirrel tracks around our plants!
The post shoveling shot
And our delicious Apple and Chedder good. If anyone wants the recipes, let me know. (It may sound strange, but they were seriously tasty!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Christmas Recap!

I was going to do a December/Christmas Recap, but then I started adding pictures and I had to many to do the whole month, so I just went with Christmas morning for this post. Are you catching a theme here? Shannon is trying to catch up on her blogging. It's one of my new year's goals, to blog once a week. So I thought I would kick off this week with a little catch up of what we have been up to the last few months. My parents came for Christmas which was SO much fun to have them here for 2 whole weeks. So great. The kids loved it, we loved it, I think my parents loved it! We mostly just hung out and enjoyed being together. It sort of puts a wrench in going out plans when it's super cold outside and you have one more person than will all fit in one car. So either you have to take 2 cars everywhere or one person has to stay home. Ruby offered, but we thought that was unwise! ha, ha. So we for the most part stuck around home. But had fun in the process. And I have to say it was seriously nice to stay put and have people come to you. No airport/flight with 2 kids and loads of stuff because it's winter and Christmas......sorry family, but people coming to us, we could get use to that!! ha, ha.

The kids got spoiled for Christmas from all the family, so thank you to all! Heck, so did Zack and I! So Merry Post Christmas Everyone!!
Ruby got a grocery cart that she love, and a bunch of stuffed loveys, which she LOVES!! Especially a certain Polar Bear, thanks Greg and Kris Tina!
Santa brought Oliver a little hot wheels racetrack which he thought was pretty awesome!

Polar Bear mentioned before! Front row seating on the booster seat!
Oops, didn't look at this one closer before I posted it on here, Zack and Ruby both sort of look drunk! ha, ha
My dad sporting his new ninja/winter hat!
Oliver slurping some juice from a coconut! A dream fulfilled! Oliver wrestling my mom to the ground! This happened a lot over the 2 weeks they were here! Oliver sort of likes to take you by surprise sometimes. Good thing he had Grammie to give Mom and Dad a break!! Sorry Mom. Well I hope you all had as fun a Christmas as we did!!

Thanksgiving Recap??

This is a picture of a fall pillow that I sewed, the unfinished version since it doesn't have a back on it, but now it does. Red and white polka dots to be exact. A little fall fun for my Thanksgiving post!

Ok, So I realize that Thanksgiving is LONG gone and I'm a slacker, but I just thought I would post about it anyway! Only because it was such a good time! Or friends the Wulfs had a rockin' party at their house and fun was had by all! It was fun to spend time with some great friends, especially when our families are so far away! On the way home Zack said it was the best Thanksgiving he can remember having in a long time. Kudos to Maggi! We ate, we ate, we played, then we ate some more! Sounds like a great Thanksgiving right?!

Ruby diving into some dessert! This girl loves to eat!

Phil displaying some Turkey artwork the kids had a contest decorating them, so cute.
The kids table working on their turkey art.
The mature adult table!
The Less mature adult table! ha, ha, just kidding!
Thanks Wulfs for a great party!