Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chocolate Chip Scones Recipe


How do I manage to forget how EASY scones are to make and how IMPRESSIVE they serve? 15 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes of baking and VOILA, a beautiful, elegant addition to your brunch, breakfast or tea time.

Chocolate Chip Scones Recipe
Recipe from Betty Crocker Cookbook
Makes 8 scones

1-3/4 flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup butter, cold/firm
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 to 6 Tbsp whipping cream*
1/2 cup chocolate chips

I used Half & Half. Milk would also do the job, just not quite as richly.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Cut in butter using pastry blender (or the beater blade of your Kitchen Aid stand mixer. :)), until mixture looks like fine crumbs.

Stir in egg, vanilla and 4 Tbsp of the cream, adding extra cream only if necessary to allow dough to leave the side of the bowl cleanly.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 10 times. Roll or pat the dough into a 10 inch flat circle.

Transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet (or lined with silicone baking mat). Score the dough into 8 wedges (marking the slices with a knife or pizza cutter, but not cutting all the way through). Brush with additional cream and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake 14-16 minutes or until lightly golden. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Cut or carefully separate the wedges. Serve warm.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cranberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe


What to do when you have lots of rhubarb leftover but not quite enough to fill a second Rhubarb Pie? Why, you find what fruit you have in the freezer and you use that. Cranberries it is!  I was a bit hesitant to use a second tart fruit in this pie, thinking it might be overpowering. But, friends, believe you me...this pie is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Perfectly sweet, perfectly tart, perfectly set (no juices flowing all over the pie plate.)

Cranberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe
recipe by adorkablerecipes.blogspot.com
makes 1 pie, serves 8

1/2 batch Never Fail Pie Crust Recipe, to make top and bottom crusts
3 cups Rhubarb, chopped
2 cups frozen Cranberries
1-1/3 cup sugar
6 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp butter

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Combine sugar and flour. Sprinkle 1/4 of it over pastry in pie plate. Stir together cranberries and rhubarb, then pour evenly over the flour-sugar mixture in the crust. Sprinkle with remaining sugar and flour. Dot with small pieces of butter. Cover with top crust. Flute edges to seal.

Place pie on lowest rack in oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

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