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 allrecipes.com. 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.


Recipe:

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

Directions:
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.



Angela


10 comments :

  1. Mmmmmm...I love pickles. I am patiently waiting for my cucumbers from our greenhouse. Things are really behind here this year, as we had a really cold and wet July. I also grew my own dill, so I am really looking forward to making dill pickles in a couple weeks.

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  2. Lovely scones and dill pickles, you have been busy. I've been watching The Good Wife and now Damages - both legal series. I shall need a break from the law next! I hope you have a good weekend Angela.

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  3. Thank you Kathleen and CJ for the visit! May you have a marvelous Weekend!

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  4. I adore pickles! I could eat one every single day and never tire of them. Thank you for the scones recipe. Yum!

    I have been watching Longmire on the tele. I really like the show!

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  5. The scones were beautiful - and certainly they were very delicious! Hugs.

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  6. I've made dills before, but not this year. However I made pickled beetroot, my favourite! And I am afraid I am a serial jam maker.... I can't stop myself. Jam in the summer and marmalade made from seville oranges in february when the oranges are available.

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  7. I like beet pickles! They are very good.
    Thanks for the visit Marion and Shammickite!

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  8. Hello Angela,

    Boy those scones look amazing. I can sure use one right now since I am having a cup of coffee this very moment. You are a great baker. They look perfectly shaped. Love the tip about freezing the butter overnight.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Janet

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  9. I was impressesd asI have never thought of using cranberries in scones and then I saw your scones. They are the shape my Grandmother used to make and I have never discovered anyone else who made them like this. I shall be trying your recipe next week! We discovered a huge cucumber in the greenhouse today too! Sarah x

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