monkeybard: (tasty)
Since I had a cast and crew for whom to bake, I baked a lot -- I mean a LOT -- of scones over the past month or so. Primarily, I made [livejournal.com profile] jaunthie's Honey Scones (which I would link to if I had the url for her old blog post, but I don't) with random variations:  dried cherries, dried blueberries, and vanilla powder; crystalized ginger and dried pineapple; dates and hazelnuts; pumpkin, dates, and walnuts.  The one I want to share with you, though, is chocolate.  Mm-hmm.  I said chocolate.  Not usually my thing in scones, but I was inspired on Saturday I went wild!  Here's what I did, if you want to recreate it.  As I said, based on [livejournal.com profile] jaunthie's recipe.

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 Tbls unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/8 cup chopped hazelnuts

Mix together and add:
3 Tbls cold unsalted butter (I grated it in with a cheese grater.)
2 generous spoonfuls of honey

Mix with hands and add:
1/4 cup milk

Mix together.  Knead a few times on cutting board.  Split into two balls.  Flatten balls and cut into four wedges each.
Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 425F for about 12 minutes.
Devour with glee.

monkeybard: (Herne)
And it really looks like winter outside, too!  The fluffy snow under the layer of ice under the new layer of fluffy snow with more snow predicted to fall.  Whee!  While I'm sad to be missing [livejournal.com profile] lemurkitten's Solstice party this evening, I'm happy to see a real winter wonderland outside my windows.  I still want to go to the gathering, but it's just too dangerous out there, IMO.  As safe as NordicBoy and I might be, I just don't trust anyone else out on the roads, esp. after what I've seen of people's driving over the past week. I've been out on foot more than enough to know I don't want to go out on wheels.  And as it gets colder, roads are freezing over. Ugh. ::shakes head::  But at least I've got candles lit here at home and there's shortbread in the oven.  The house smells so yummy!  (The dining room just smells like sugar from the desecrated gingerbread.)

I hope everyone else gets to spend this longest night somewhere cozy and warm with your loved ones!

Happy Solstice!

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