Brrr! We have had an incredibly cold week here in South TX. Today is the first day in 3 days that has had temperatures above freezing (though it’s below it again right now). Last night, we had to drive home in sleet, and, this morning, we woke up to snow.
It’s my first time seeing snow in many years. It was fun to try walking on it and playing with it for the first time in years.
Before all this white, fluffy stuff fell from the skies, I got to try a couple yummy new things that I wanted to pass along to you. I cooked breakfast for my husband’s Sunday School class this past week. I tried making some delicious Cranberry Orange Scones. They were easy to make and so incredibly delicious. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for my diet), none of them came home with me so I don’t have any pictures. Updated with pictures in 2017.
Cranberry Orange Scones (from Ina Garten)
4 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. sugar
2 tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. orange zest
1 1/2 c. diced butter
4 lightly beaten eggs
1 c. heavy cream
1 c. craisins
1 egg beaten with 2 tbsp. water
1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
4 tsp. orange juice
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment. In a mixer bowl, mix together the 4 c. flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and zest. Add the butter and mix on low til the butter is the size of peas. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs (4) and cream; with the mixer on low, slowly add this cream mix to the dry ingredients. Mix just til blended (the dough will look lumpy). In a separate bowl, combine the craisins with the remaining 1/4 c. flour; add this to the dough and mix on low til blended.
2. Dump the dough on a well-floured surface and knead it into a ball. With floured hands and a rolling pin and roll to just under 1 in. thick. You should be able to see small bits of butter in the dough. Flour a 3 in. round biscuit cutter and use it to cut out the dough. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll the dough and repeat until it’s used up.
3. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash, sprinkle with extra sugar (granulated), and bake 20-25 min., til the tops are browned and the scones are fully baked. The scones should be firm to the touch. Allow the scones to cool at least 15 min. While the scones are cooling, whisk together the confectioner’s sugar and orange juice and drizzle over the scones.
My best friend and I also tried some amazing popcorn yesterday. It’s called Chocolate-Orange Brown Butter Flavored Popcorn. Make sure not to skimp on the salt (it makes everything better!) or the orange zest (really brightens everything up). Perfect for cold days!
Chocolate-Orange Brown Butter Flavored Popcorn (from Food Network)
3 c. popped popcorn
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. grey salt (Or whatever good salt you have on hand. I would say that even kosher salt is probably very tasty.)
1 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1. Heat a 10 in. saute pan over medium-high heat on the stove. Tilt the pan away from you and add the butter. As you return the pan to level, the butter will begin to brown. Add the salt into the butter, then pour over the popcorn and mix well. (We had a problem with our salt settling to the bottom of the pan. Next time, I would add the salt to the buttered popcorn.)
2. Zest the orange and chocolate over the popcorn and mix.
And I didn’t want to leave without letting you know about a special deal. A little while back, I told you about a couple of daily deal websites. Well, currently, Groupon is offering a $20 Barnes & Noble certificate for $10, just go to their website and look under San Antonio. It appears that it will be available for 3 more days. The details say that the certificate would expire on April 11, but would be able to be used online as well as in stores. Sounds like a great deal especially for someone like me who adores reading. Hope y’all have a great weekend!