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Friday, February 21, 2014

~Raindrops & Recipes~



We wake to the sound of raindrops on our roof tops here in Vermont this morning and our cold snowy world transformed into a slushy, ice covered one.  Our driveway is, quite literally, a sheet of ice.  I attempted to walk down to the mailbox this morning and found it absolutely impossible.  So...I am house-bound today as, maneuvering down the icy slope would certainly be impossible even with four rubber tires underneath me.  I am quite sure I would quickly find myself careening sideways and my beloved car meeting a large tree, long before the bottom was in sight.  SO, a trip to the post shall wait & I shall be staying safe inside, stitching bears, doing a bit of punch needle and enjoying the coziness of home. :)

In the oven this morning I've a batch of Gingerbread scones (yes..again)...in case you've not realized it yet...Molasses is my absolute favorite baking ingredient..oh goodness, I love it.  And...As promised here is the recipe for...

Gingerbread Scones 
(Recipe Courtesy of The Noshery)

1 3/4 cups  all purpose flour 
3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
 1/3 cup light brown sugar
 2 teaspoons ground ginger
 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
2 teaspoons baking powder
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces 
 Zest of 1 lemon (optional) 
1/3 cup
 dried cranberries or cherries (optional)
 1/2 cup buttermilk
 2 1/2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 Egg Wash: 1 large egg 1 tablespoon milk or cream
 Maple Glaze: (optional) 1/2 cup  sifted confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar
 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 
 1 - 2 teaspoons cream or milk
 
 Lemon Zest - The yellow outer rind of the lemon that contains the fruit's flavor and perfume. The rind being the outer skin of the lemon which consists of both the yellow zest and white membrane (pith). 
 
Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or use a baking stone as I do) and set aside.

In a large mixer bowl whisk together, flour, oats, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Using a fork or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until it looks crumbly.   Stir in cranberries and lemon zest.  In a separate bowl combine buttermilk, molasses and vanilla.   Set bowl with flour mixture on to the mixer with a dough hook attachment.  Set mixture at a low speed and slowly add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture.  Mix until just combined and begins to form a ball.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface.  Knead dough gently about four or five times and form into a large ball.   Push the dough down and form into a large circle about 7 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches thick.   Cut the circle i half and cut each half into 3 even slices.   Place scones on baking sheet.
Place baking sheet into another baking sheet to keep the scones bottoms from over browning.  Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Transfer to cooking rack when done.
To glaze combine all glaze ingredients, adding more sugar or milk till you get desired consistency.  With spoon drizzle glaze over cooled scones and let dry.

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I'm off now to take these out of the oven, enjoy one for breakfast and then sit down to my day of stitching.   Young black bears await my attention.

Wishing you a joy filled day. ♥D

4 comments:

Joyce Mayer said...

Be careful.

Happy Friday.

Kathy F said...

THANK YOU.....for the recipe! I have all the ingredients and these will be on our plates in the morning.

Question....do you punch with a hoop or a gripper frame like rug hookers use?

I'm sure Oliver missed his morning romp...be safe!

Melissa said...

Good Morning!! Yes, I think it is best to stay safe indoors this morning..
The scones sound wonderful and I just may have to give them a try once our weather outside decides it's winter and not the middle of summer..
Have a wonderful day!! Hugs~Melissa

Penelope's Beehive said...

Oh YUMMMM!!! Baking is a wonderful way to chase away the wintertime blues...and this recipe is perfect indeed!
Be well...be safe...be cozy.
Sending warm hugs your way ...
Judy xo