Cheddar and Chive Scones

I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for quite some time now. It’s the first weekend in a while where I don’t have any family/friend commitments which means I finally have time to bake – Yay!!

Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and friends but sometimes it’s hard to find time to pursue my hobbies (such as baking) while spending time with them because I often have a hard time multitasking and even if I bake for them while they are there, I feel like I am neglecting them or not fully paying attention! I’d much rather bake first, then invite them over for some treats 🙂

Having not baked in a while, I picked up my newest cookbook (Bobbette & Belle) and decided to flip through it for some inspiration as to what to make. One of the recipes that caught my eye was the Cheddar & Chive scones because I’ve been growing my chive plant but haven’t had a chance to use it much. Plus I had leftover cheese from a few weekends ago I needed to use up so it was perfect.

This recipe was super simple and tasted good. If I were to remake this again, I”d definitely try to make it more savoury – perhaps add some more butter and salt? For the first attempt it wasn’t bad.

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Strawberry Scones Recipe

Every summer, we have a tradition of going strawberry picking because we love strawberries and the endless possibility of dishes we could make with them. Even if we can’t eat them all, we could always freeze it but they don’t last that long in the freezer anyways. Last year, we made strawberry sorbet which was one of our favourite frozen dessert.

Normally we would go to a local farm to pick our strawberries but this time we went to a different one to give it a try. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize how expensive the “pick your own” experience was at this farm – it was $5 admission per person AND that fee does not get subtracted from the total cost of your strawberries. The strawberries cost almost $5 a pound! At that price, it was difficult for us to justify picking our own strawberries so we decided to just buy trays of strawberries that were pre-picked since they were looking pretty good anyways.

We also bought some Rhubarb to make Strawberry Rhubarb pie. Mind you, I’ve never had Rhubarb before and the only way I know how to eat it is in pie form (which I’ve also never made) so it will be quite the experiment lol.

After dropping close to probably $40 on strawberry and rhubarb, we went home on a mission to make as many strawberry dishes as possible. This will mark the beginning of #StrawberryWeek.

One of the first dishes we made was Strawberry Scones.

I love scones. There’s something about them that makes them such an elegant dish – probably because I see them at fancy places like brunch or high tea. This would taste great with some fresh jam or butter. However, I personally think they taste great as is but it’s personal preference.

Strawberry Scones Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 33 minutes

Yield: 8 Scones

Strawberry Scones Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 
1/3 cup sugar

  • 
1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 
3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold

  • 
3/4 cup fresh strawberries, diced

  • 
1/2 cup sour cream
  • 
1 large egg

  • half & half cream (if the batter is still too dry)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry cutter (or in a food processor), cut in the cold butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Gently stir in strawberries.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.

  4. Slowly incorporate the sour cream mixture into the flour mixture until all the liquid is incorporated. It should come together into a shaggy looking like dough. If the mixture is still too dry, add in some half & half cream a little bit at a time until there isn't any dry ingredient left.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, shape the dough into a ball and flatten into a circular disc. Then, using a bench scraper, you can cut the scones into triangles (similar to how you divide a pie or pizza).
  6. Place the scones on a silpat or parchment paper and bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and then serve.
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Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

After a week of hiatus, we are back! The past week has been so busy for us that we barely had time to cook, forget photographing or documenting our creations. I participated in my first 5km run (Color Me Rad), a fun run with my friends where people throw colored corn starch and gel paint at you as you run so that by the time you finish, it looks as if a unicorn threw up on you. It was really fun and for me, it was quite a major accomplishment seeing as I don’t run….

We also had a housewarming party to attend last week so dinner was already provided which was awesome 🙂 This weekend wasn’t as hectic so I took the time to make some fluffy blueberry pancakes for breakfast.Blueberry Pancakes

Another reason why I decided to make these pancakes was because I really wanted to use this amber maple syrup that we bought at our local farmer’s market a while back. It’s sooo good and I needed an excuse to have it again.

Pancakes are great but most of the time, we find that they’re quite dense. We did some research and was able to find a recipe that produced a fluffy pancake. The secret I believe is the use of buttermilk and baking powder!

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