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Monday, August 11, 2008

Adventures in Baking

I love to cook, but I REALLY love to bake. Before I moved last year, I used to make and sell specialty cakes regularly. Unfortunately, now I rarely have time to bake something that doesn't start in a box, but I made time for these:

Berry Scones

1 c. all purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
3 T. sugar
2 T. butter, cold
1 c. fat free buttermilk
2 c. frozen berries (I used a blend of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)

Preheat oven to 400. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut butter into small pieces and cut into dry mixture. Pour in buttermilk and mix, then mix in berries (still frozen).

Cover a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Divide dough (which is quite sticky) into 2 mounds and shape into flat, approx. 7 inch diameter circles. Cut each circle into 4 wedges.

Bake for 20 minutes.

This recipe was inspired after I ordered a (very tasty) scone at Starbucks that cost me almost 1/4 of my daily calories and fat. I knew I could make something similar for less. I think these turned out very well, and I have already eaten one as a snack with a glass of milk. At this rate, I may have to make another batch before the boyfriend comes home.

Recipes up to bat for tomorrow:

Potato and Bacon Soup
Zucchini Pancakes
something with the anasazi beans I picked up at the farmer's market - they are soaking as I type!


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