These are recipes for simple, easy, homemade dishes. I make no promises about portion size or fat content, etc., but they are dishes that I have prepared and liked. I don't post pictures because I don't have fabulous lighting, nor a great camera. I can promise that I haven't just made things up without trying the recipe and this is all stuff other people have tried and no one spit anything out in disgust. Not yet, anyway! I don't take cool supporting photos of the steps along the way (but wait, are you telling me you are going to cook those nuts in the microwave in that METAL bowl?) but these are real recipes that a regular cook/baker should be able to figure out. I love the work of Deb at Smitten Kitchen - she provides the whole package!!! Good food, witty comments and lovely photos. If you want to see a REAL food blog, check her out.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cinnamon Scones

I think I finally have this recipe nailed down.  I really like the scones from Panera, but they are too expensive and taste of too much baking powder.  I tried using Hershey's cinnamon chips, but they taste too... Hershey's-ish.  The basis for this comes from America's Test Kitchen via Smitten Kitchen.

1 T cinnamon
1/2 T cream
          add just enough cream to make a very thick, dry paste, then set aside
2 c flour
1/4 t salt
3 T sugar
2-1/2 t baking powder
          mix together in medium bowl
5 T salted butter
          cut in flour mixture to the size of small peas (or freeze and use a grater to add)
1 c heavy or whipping cream
          stir in until just combined, then knead in the bowl with your hands just until the mixture starts to form together.  Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the dough and knead three more times to distribute the spice.  Form a disk one inch thick.  If you like, spread with an egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar and additional cinnamon.  Cut into about 8 wedges, set at least one inch apart on an ungreased sheet.  Bake at 425-degrees for 12-15 minutes.