Authentic Compassion

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Very quiet Thanksgiving on Buhlaland - still "quarantined" due to suppressed immune system for DH. He was out yesterday putting some decorations on the gate to our place - we have lights on the porch of our house but you cannot see them from the road. Still mild weather here - very long autumn which is fine by us!

Recipe experiment for Fresh Cranberry Scones turned out to be a new family favorite. Little more complicated but oh my the results were worth a bit of effort. Yes they are outrageously rich - mini sized ones are perfect with a cup of coffee or your favorite hot tea. I use freshly grated nutmeg - isn't much trouble and the flavor is fabulous.

Cranberry Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, chilled and diced
1 cup fresh cranberries roughly chopped
1/3 cup white sugar
Grated zest of one orange or about 2 teaspoons of dried grated orange rind
½ cup chopped nuts – we used pecans but walnuts would be good too
¾ cup half and half cream or heavy
1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 degree F (190 C)
In a large bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbles.
In a separate bowl, toss the chopped cranberries with white sugar; add to flour mixture along with orange peel and nuts. Mix lightly.
In a large measuring cup – beat together cream and egg, slowly pour into dry ingredients. Mix with a rubber scraper until dough forms. On a well floured board, knead dough 4 or 5 times being careful not to over handle. Divide dough in half. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (sprinkle a little more flour if necessary on board you were using) Shape each half into a 6 inch circle – slice each circle in to 6 wedges (although we liked the ones I sliced into smaller wedges best) Place scones on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake until golden browned – about 20 minutes.
While scones are baking – mix together a glaze of 2 cups powdered sugar and enough orange juice to make a moderately thin glaze. When scones are done – put on a platter or wire rack and drizzle glaze over hot scones.
It is yummy and beautiful on Buhlaland this week - that is very good! Hope you all had a blessed holiday - with family or sweet memories of family times - the Lord has given us so much for which we should be giving thanks. I'm thankful for the wonderful new friendships in the blogosphere!


Debbie said...

If no one can enjoy those decorations except you two, they're well worth the effort:)
Those scones were beautiful and sound delicious! I'll hold onto that recipe. Keep us up with ya over December. Want to see more pics and hear news. Best wishes for you both.
Bless ya, Debbie

Pam said...

Mmm! Those scones look so good! I may just have to try them for our next "Breakfast for Dinner".

Dani said...

hmm, yummy! I love scones, especially cranberry ones, thanks so much for the recipe..I'll copy it off. we haven't started decorating yet..still relaxing and enjoying turkey.....watching old movies..rainy day here...

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I dearly love scones, thanks for this recipe; will print if off and bake for breakfast tomorrow.
My Christmas decorations consist of several wreaths with red bows outside and a Nativity scene in the sunroom. That's about all I can manage, smile.

KathyB. said...

We put up outdoor lights and "deck the halls" and no one can see our home from anywhere unless they drive down our private road and driveway. So good on you!

I am still relishing the Autumn season and wishing for more time for that, but alas, we will probably be putting up Christmas lights next week and the tree the week after!

I am nuts about cranberries and am very likely to make these scones soon. Thank-you Linda. And glad to see you're being careful with your DH's immune system and still enjoying the holidays.

LindaSueBuhl said...

Debbie - we agree - it raises our spirits to see those lights on porch railings. DH doesn't want to brave the roof for second story decor this year.
Pam - they are rich little bits but so flavorful - I hadn't used nutmeg with cranberry baked goods before and it is a great combination.
Dani - watched some Clint Eastwood movies - not exactly helping to get in holiday spirit! HA!

LindaSueBuhl said...

Sandra - take care of yourself this season - you have so much work around your place. I'll put up a picture of my two small nativity sets - feels like Christmas once those are out.
Kathy - I am not sure what you could substitute for the milk products so this could work for lactose issues at A.Joy's house -
dried orange peel was OK but a batch done with fresh grated - woohoo!
We hate to see fall end also - but cold front moving through this week.

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

I love scones and your recipe sounds delicious! Have a great week! blessings,Kathleen

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow- those scones sound wonderful Linda Sue!! I'll definitely have to rty them- I've never made scones before.
So sorry you're still quarantined, but sometimes peace and quiet from the rest of the world is good for the soul... our Thanksgiving get-together with my family was cancelled becuase of sickness, so Hubby and I have "hibernated" since last Monday and it was so nice. He really dreaded going back to work this morning!

Lanny said...

Okay one more and then I gotta skedaddle and catch up with some other folks. But I sure have missed you and thank you for stickin' with me and swinging by to check up on me in my absence. Those scones look fantastic. The girls and I were going to make cookies for our weekend up north but now I think I will add your beautiful scones to the baking list.

I pray that you and yours are finding joy and hidden pleasures in your little retreat of sorts. I love to decorate for other that is for sure but mostly I know I decorate to remind myself to see my world differently, to remember, to drink deeply and richly from the cup instead of rotely shallow and unthinking. But that is probably the liturgical lovin' girl in me that I just can't seem to shake!

Glad to be back, glad to be reading you.