Today I wanted to share a few recipes I made when my dad and M came to visit last month. I asked my dad for some ideas to bake since I wanted to make two treats to take care of two months of desserts that I make him (I usually ship them but fresh is always best). He picked muffins and scones, so I made some muffins for while they were here and made scones to take home (we ended up freezing some of each to take home). The biscuits I made were for their first dinner here. They were coming straight from the airport at rush hour/dinner time, so I wanted food ready for them. I made sous vide salmon, broccoli, and biscuits.
I know…it isn’t strawberry season, but I still wanted to share these. I used a recipe from Smitten Kitchen and also a recipe from a cookbook. But to be honest, I can’t tell them apart. I’m not positive which recipe came from which place. I think the ones directly below were from a cookbook and the circle ones were from Smitten Kitchen. I think.
I’ve made lots of scone recipes and decided to try a new one for my dad. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I will try it again for sure, but I am not sure if it is a real keeper over my other berry scones. Berries always make scones a bit more challenging and a bit more rustic-looking. These were so hard to form into scones, but the end result was delicious. So, that is why I will try them again, because maybe I need to practice it further. I just had a challenge keeping the dough together.
After starting a Montage Monday series, I realized I wanted to rename it. It happens. So, introducing the new name… Mixed Bag. I feel like it better illustrates the good and bad I will share with these posts, and also lets you know that they are not single recipe posts. I previously used a Mixed Monday as a way of sharing some recipes that were so-so, and some that were not great. And, overall, just posts I didn’t feel like writing about. When I wrote the last one, I was not sure I would have need to write another one, but I left my options open with the “Part 1” in the title. Sure enough, I do want to make use of it again. This time, for recipes I *do* like. There is another commonality in the posts today. The recipes were both from my dad and stepmother visiting. You might have seen me mention the visit when I talked about cinnamon chips I made. I ended up using the cinnamon chips in a scone recipe that I already have on the blog. I don’t want to share a repeat post, so I am merely showing another option for that recipe.
After getting over initial sadness of losing a friend to the other coast, Lisa and I decided to bake something together. When I visited Boston, I picked her up one of these lemon-ginger scones from Flour Bakery. I had no idea how it would taste, but I know she loves lemon and ginger, so hoped for the best. She loved it, so we decided to try to make the recipe on opposite coasts.
You may think that savory scones sound weird, but they make me think of biscuits. Especially after I made the cranberry scones. The texture is so fluffy and biscuit-like, that I knew this recipe would work well with a savory twist. When we went to one of our favorite local bakeries recently, they had a cheddar and sage scone which was delicious. To be honest, I think I prefer the ones I made, though. I looked through a cookbook that I knew had a cheese scone, but it involved lots of fancy steps (and lots of fat). Part of the reason I liked this recipe is that the scones are almost healthy and you don’t need to spread them with anything because they still taste tender and buttery. I made a number of changes, so this is not really the same recipe as Cook’s Illustrated, but I still want to give them credit for the base recipe.
If you wanted, you could easily make these for dinner instead of biscuits. They are savory, but would also go well with scrambled eggs.
My dad is apparently a big fan of scones. I started making scones about 4-5 years ago, and I have made many iterations since, mostly for him to try. Not all of them have appeared on the blog, but today’s recipe needed to be seen. I liked it so much, I made it again within a week. And then I made it with a different mix-in that I will share on Wednesday. Part of the reason I like it so much is that it is easy. The food processor takes care of the bits of butter (and you really taste the bits in the final product) and a small bit of mixing takes care of the rest. I made these with the disc method, but the recipe on Wednesday will show what they look like if you just scoop out portions. Both were successful, but the scooping was a bit easier. So, feel free to take the easier way out, especially if you make these in the morning and are a bit sleepy still.
This recipe is a bit healthy (I used half and half instead of cream, and cut back on the butter). You won’t realize it and will enjoy them just the same. If you’re curious, I used dried cranberries from Trader Joe’s and they were really tasty in this. Not tart at all, if you’re worried about that.