Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sweet potato scones

My sister and brother in law went on a 3 week trip, and gave me one sweet potato from their larder so it wouldn't go bad. What the heck do you do with one sweet potato!

Sweet potato scones
adapted from a recipe by Rebecca Rather in the book The Pastry Queen Christmas via Dawn's Recipes blog.

3 cups whole wheat flour
optional: 1 to 2 T evaporated ground cane sugar (depending how sweet you like your scones)
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon sized slices

1/2 pound orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, cooked and pulped (1 large or 2 small sweet potatos)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sour cream thinned with a little apple cider

 Line a baking sheet with parchment, or grease it lightly. Bake or microwave the sweet potatoes: (Bake: prick a few times with a fork and bake them at 350 about 30-40 minutes.  Remove from oven and let them cool to touch, about 10 minutes. Microwave- prick several times with a fork, and zap on high 6 minutes. Turn so other face is up, and zap on medium another 4-6 minutes, until easily pierced with a sharp knife.)  Cut cooked potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out flesh, placing it in a medium mixing bowl, and lightly mashing with a fork.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate until cool, at least 20 minutes. (Warm potatoes will melt the cold butter, making the scones heavy and tough.

Increase the oven temperature to 425F.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder & soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Use your hands or a pastry cutter to mix in the butter until the dough is crumbly and contains lumps the size of small peas. Mix together the sweet potatoes, honey and cream;  lightly stir into the flour mixture.  Add the sour cream mixture and stir until just mixed. Do not overwork the dough.

Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface.  Form the dough into a 12" disk, and cut into 6 wedges of equal size (for smaller scones, form two 8" discs). Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday morning experiments

Haven't posted one of my experiments in a while, but this was just too delicious,

Coconut-mango drop scones

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t table salt

3/4 cup toasted shredded coconut

5 T unsalted butter

1 egg
2/3 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup honey
2 T lime marmalade
1/2 t vanilla

1 cup dried mango, cubed

Heat oven to 400ºF/204C. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Toast the coconot in a dry pan until golden brown (keep it moving so it doesn't burn). Set aside until it cools. Whisk together first four ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate container (I use a two-cup pyrex measuring pitcher), mix together the egg through the vanilla.

When coconut is cool, mix it into the dry ingredients. Cube or grate butter and mix in, using a pastry cutter if needed. Add the drained mango. Don't overmix. Add the wet ingredients and mix until the entire batter is wet. Batter will be sticky.

Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, place scoops on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Makes 15 medium scones.

You can freeze the unbaked batter for later baking. Place the scoops on a lined baking sheet and place in freezer. When fully frozen, put the scones in a plastic bag and bake just as many as you need. To bake frozen scones, heat oven to 400; when fully heated place the FROZEN scones on a parchment-lined pie plate or baking sheet and bake for about 17 minutes.

I also made mango-coconut coffee with the drained mango water and some coconut milk.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Applesauce oat scones

Making apple jelly, I ended up with a jar of very sweet, very smooth apple sauce from the milling process. These scones were just the trick to use some of that up.

Applesauce drop scones

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 2/3 cups oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits (or grate frozen butter. Make sure the grater is also frozen)
¾ cup walnuts, crushed
1 cup raisins, plumped

2T honey
1 large egg plus one egg yolk
2/3 cup apple sauce
1/3 cup plain yogurt

Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Adjust a baking rack to the middle position. Beat together the liquid ingredients and set aside.

Mix the dry ingredients, then cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, knife or your hands until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir the nuts and raisins into the flour mixture. (I did half with just raisins, and half with nuts and raisins.) Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined. Dough will be very sticky.

Using a 1 1/2 inch ice cream scoop,  place scones onto a parchment-covered baking sheet about 1 inch apart on and bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until pale golden. Transfer the scones to a cooling rack and let them cool slightly before serving. Makes 20 scones.

Serve with apple butter.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Blueberry scones

Just a quick post with a link to some nice blueberry scones, and some other wonderful blueberry recipes.

(Le petite brioche is just an excellent baking blog all around). I'll post a picture if I remember!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday morning business meeting

You gotta bribe 'em to make them come at 9 a.m. on a Saturday.

Mango Scones with aronia berries

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, diced

1 cup aronia berries, plumped and sugared

1/2 cup half and half
1 mango, mashed
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or one vanilla bean, scraped
1/4 cup honey

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheets with parchment.

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, orange zest and salt into large bowl. Add butter and cut in with a knife, pastry blender or your fingers until it resembles a coarse meal. Plump the raisins in a half cup of water (1 minutes in the microwave). Drain and stir into flour mixture.

Whisk mango, cream, egg, vanilla, and honey in a small bowl until thoroughly blended. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; stir just until combined. Mix together with a fork until blended (do not overmix). Scoop out about a tablespoon size.  Place scones on prepared baking sheet, about an inch apart.

Bake scones until golden, about 12-14 minutes. Makes about 20 to 24 scones. Serve warm with butter and honey.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cinnamon scones

Making early morning scones while watching the Ladies Short at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Flaky cinnamon scones
adapted from My Favorite Things

2 3/4 cups Flour
1 T baking powder
1 t baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup half and half
1/3 cup honey
6 T cup cold butter, cut into pats
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Work in the butter just until the mixture is unevenly crumbly;  whisk liquid ingredients together, add to flour mixture. Stir until moistened; careful not to handle the dough too much to keep it flaky.

Lay the dough on a well floured surface (dough will be sticky so make sure it's well-floured) and pat into a 9" square, about 3/4" thick. Make sure the surface underneath the dough is very well floured. If necessary, use a giant spatula (or the biggest spatula you have) to lift the square, and sprinkle more flour underneath.
Mix the filling, then spread it over the dough. Fold each edge into the center, so you have a seam in the middle. Press it back to 3/4" thick and repeat along the other axis.  Gently roll or pat it into a 12" square and cut into about 15 2x4" (or so) rectangles.

Tip from My Favorite Things: For best texture and highest rise, place the pan of scones in the freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425°F.

Bake the scones for 16  minutes, or until they're golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven, and allow the scones to cool  on the baking sheet.