Bonjour and happy Sunday!
I spent my Saturday night listening to the Faith Hill Christmas Concert and baking these delicious holiday scones. There is nothing better to me than holiday baking with christmas music in the background. I really make this an event lighting about 20 candles, possibly pouring some tea, music lighting and ambience need to be festive…… and getting to work in the kitchen.
I decided on scones because I tend to always think of my next meal, and I was daydreaming of my new holiday blend coffee I had purchased and what would go marvelously paired with my coffee this morning 🙂 So scones it was! I have decided that I will share a seasonal scone every season….if you have not made my pumpkin scones with maple glaze please do yourself a favor and put it on your to-do list! Find in recipe section (breakfast).
Okay so onto the scones. These are so easy I even made them by hand…no mixer needed! Your entire house will smell like gingerbread….so decadent!
Start by mixing your dry ingredients. Then separately combine wet ingredients. To your dry mix add in your chopped butter (very cold) and using two knives preform the scissor method until butter becomes the size of peas.
Once your butter is the size of peas add in your liquid and mix until combined. Then on a floured surface form your dough into a round disk. Cut disk into 8 wedges.
On a buttered parchment lined baking sheet….set scones 2 inches apart.
Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. So simple and the perfect accompaniment to morning coffee or afternoon tea time!
In fact, I just purchased these festive teas…so divine!
I also want to share two delicious wines that I tried this week! Another favorite subject of mine is wine….I am thinking of joining a french wine club! I will keep you posted.
The first had a french label but was out of Sonoma….I had a lovely visit with my grandparents and they opened this bottle specifically knowing I would enjoy it. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa! It was fabulous and I highly recommend it.
Then I was out shopping and purchased a Beaujolais Nouveau. I had heard about this wine, did some research and turns out this specific wine is only released on the 3rd Thursday of November each year. The french winery held this tactic for celebration of the end of harvest. This wine used to be only served to the locals in the Beaujolais region! I found this in the holiday display table at Whole Foods.
As you can tell I am feeling very festive…I adore this time of year! I hope everyone has had a relaxing weekend…I am headed to North Carolina this week for work. I have never been there… should be interesting 🙂 I will post again when I return!
Recipe for scones below…
Gingerbread Cranberry Scones
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ginger, ground
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves, ground
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, very cold
1 large egg
3 tablespoons molasses
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and spices. Add in chopped cold butter. Cut the butter into the dry mix using two knives or a pastry cutter until mix resembles course crumbs. In a separate bowl combine egg, molasses, milk and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine. Add the wet mixture to the dry/butter mix. The dough will be sticky. Add in cranberries.
With lightly floured hands pat the dough into a disk. Cut 8 wedges. Place scones on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F.