Saturday, September 12, 2015

Late Summer! Baked scones and made dill pickes!

Saturday late afternoons are good for baking sometimes.
I made scones.  I have also prepared a soup wich I had not done in a while. The evenings have been cooler and so nice.

It felt wonderful outdoors today. Both cats enjoyed being outdoors for a bit.
I made a pan of scones to take to church tomorrow. It is an easy recipe. The recipe is from I just modify it by not using raisins and instead I use dried cranberries, one can use any type of dried fruit they wish. Also this recipe does not say this but I do place the pan in the freezer for 9 to 10 minutes before baking. That is another modification I made to this recipe. I like to do it this way.

I placed the butter in the freezer the night before.
I place the scones in the freezer for 10 minutes before baking.

I prefer not to place a glaze over the top and only place just a bit of large crystals sugar. I should had placed them before baking though. A glaze works pretty well with other types of scones like orange scones for example.


Simple scones

2 Cups all-purpose flour                           
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg

1- Oven on lower-middle rack and preheat to 400 degrees.

2-In medium bowl, mix flour, 13 cup sugar. baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture. Use your fingers to work in butter . Mixture will be coarse. then stir in the cranberries, raisins or whatever fruit you prefer.

3-Whisk sour cream and egg in another bowl till smooth.

4- Use a fork to stir creamy mixture into flour until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (Dough will be sticky in place, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)
5-Lightly flour the counter top and pat the dough into an 8-inch circle about 3/4 -inch thick. Sprinkle the large crystal sugar on top. Use sharp knife to cute into 8 triangles,place on a cookie sheet  (preferably lined with parchment paper) , about 1-inch apart. Bake until golden , about 15- to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature
If you want to drizzle anything over it go ahead! They are your scones, I mean the ones you are making not these here :)

Then I decided to learn to make pickles since a lady from church gave me a few cucumbers and she also gave me some dill. I don't eat pickles because I don't  like them but my husband, son and daughter all like them. I have enjoyed some sweet pickles before but never got used to the flavor of dill pickles.

Hope you are all enjoying your cooler afternoons now in late Summer!

We have been watching Merlin and both me and hubby really enjoy it. I give a 5 star to this show.  We're also watching Parks and recreation, I don't give a 5 star to that show but it's half way ok . I would give 3 stars. :)   I thought about placing images here of the show but I fear they might have copyrights that do not let us use the images. :(  They should let us all use it since we are promoting them, for free too! :)

Are you watching any series? 

Keep well and enjoy your Summer or what is left of it. Around here it starts to look like Fall will be here soon.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Recipes that freezes well

Casseroles that freezes well !

I have been looking for recipes that freezes well. This one was a great one. The flavor was intact after being frozen for a few days. I find myself in the kitchen a bit too much when we have company so I thought why not try to freeze food ahead of time? We live in a rural area and it takes 25 minutes to get to a grocery store so it is wise to have things made ahead.
Do you have a favorite recipe that freezes well?? I would love to hear about it. Share the link if you wish.

Mission Casserole

1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
1 large onion diced
 1 can cream of mushroom
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 8oz cartoon of sour cream
1 can of mixed vegetables
1  8oz package of noodles, cooked
1 envelope of dried onion soup

Fry ground beef, (I added a bit of vinagar and seasoned salt.)
Add the onions cook till onions are transparent then add the rest of ingredients. 
Cook at 350 - for 30-40 minutes.
I have replaced the can of mixed vegetables for frozen vegetables (1 and 3/4 cups)
I have used plain yogurt instead of sour cream. It worked well.
When ready to serve pour over some bread crumbs. Place 2 tablespoons of butter in frying pan and then add about 1/2 cup bread crumbs , let it get a golden color and place over the casserole before serving! 
Also...what do you think....leave the paper towel displayed in the kitchen counter or hide it in the pantry???
Yes, that is one very old pan...but it works so well to place it in the freezer.