Tuesday Mornings: Scones and Biscotti Always Better with Friends

Everything tastes better with friends. Cooking or baking for friends makes it less of a chore or a duty, it becomes a joy to share. Tuesday Mornings is a time for friends and we get together and drink coffee, tea, water, whatever, eat some good foods and work on projects individually. It is a time to share experiences, joy and pleasures and sometimes pain and sorrow. My Tuesday Mornings is a life saver from ennui and stress.

Biscotti and Scones

Today’s offering from Tuesday Mornings:

Pre-heat oven to 425F
Makes 12

2 cup flour
¼ cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tsp lemon or orange zest or peel diced
6 Tbsp butter
½ cup currants or cranberries or craisins
¾ cup sour cream

In a food processor:
1- Place flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, orange zest or peel and butter.
2- Pulse 7-8 times until mixed well.
3- Add dried fruit and sour cream.
4- Pulse a few more seconds until mixed.
5- Remove and divide in half.
6- Place in plastic wrap and roll into circle.
7- Peel off plastic and cut into 6 wedges.
8- Place on parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
9- Bake 15-18 minutes.

Important note: Even if they do not look “done” after 18 minutes do not be tempted to bake them further. They will be perfect.

On another note, I have a tendency to keep useful things for future use. Near future. In my refrigerator is a bag of orange peels. When I need an orange sauce or syrup, when I need some orange zest or taste, I use those peels.

Below is what I used for the scones for today:

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Carefully remove pulp from the orange skin if you wish.

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Look for black spots or damaged skin and remove then slice thin.

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Turn sliced peels and dice to bits.

Quiche Chie Sonia

Quiche

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees

4 eggs
2 cups milk
1 cup Bisquick
¼ tsp pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp diced onion
3 cloves garlic mashed
1 cup ham, diced
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup Parmesan cheese

  1. Whisk eggs, milk, Bisquick, pepper and cayenne pepper together and set aside.
  2. Spread onions and garlic on the bottom of the dish you are using. I use a pie dish, round or square does not matter.
  3. Brown ham and spread on top of onions and garlic.
  4. Add Mozarella, Cheddar and Parmesan.
  5. Pour whisked ingredients to top the dish.
  6. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes then reduce heat to 350. When pierced with a sharp knife, the knife comes out clean. The top will brown.

PS. Instead of ham, I sometimes use 5 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled or Italian cold cuts.

Buon appetito!

Scones No Fuss Chie Sonia

Chie Sonia Old Fashioned Orange Pecan Scones





Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tps   baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp  grated orange rind
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Granulated Sugar for sprinkling.

Directions:

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients.
  2. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly
  3. add buttermilk, orange juice, pecans and vanilla stirring just until dry ingredients are wet. Do not over mix.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times.
  5. Divide dough in half; pat each portion into a 7-inch circle,
  6. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  7. Cut each circle into 8 wedges;
  8. sprinkle evenly with sugar.
  9. Bake at 425° for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.

Tip: Over mixing dough causes hardness of final results. Take it easy and just mix enough.

Bel Hanna Wel Sheffa. Bon Apetit.

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Pi Day, Who Knows What it Means

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Pi is an irrational number, …………………

End Wikipedia. Start my nonsense.

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Dear Baba Rumcake,
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Avoiding food stuffs
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Or when irritated that someone had done something really stupid and you cry out, “For Pete’s sake! What did you do that for?”

You get the jist of this. A way to swear without actually swearing in front of the children. Well, swearing is in the meaning not in the actual words, or is that not so?

So, here is a recipe for this day for you to make and for Pete’s Sake do not grouse, just try it.

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