Blueberry Almond Cream Scones

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Scones and biscuits are seriously one of my weaknesses. Fresh from the oven, I find them to be crazy-irresistable. I know that a biscuit is somehow not the same thing as a scone (if you have an explanation, I’d love to know!), and vice versa, but they must be cousins or something because either one hits the carb-spot every time.

These particular scones don’t contain any egg in the dough, but they do contain a good dose of cream along with a bit of butter. The cream makes for an ultra-tender, dream of a scone.  I’ve added a bit of almond extract to the dough, as well as a sprinkling of almonds across the tops for some texture and crunch. The blueberries are there because I like almond and berries together and, because I cannot get enough berries these days. Each bite of these dreamy beauties contains the scent of sweet almond, a little nutty crunch, and a burst of juicy berries. These scones are pretty amazing on their own though, a smear of butter and blueberry jam doesn’t hurt a thing.

Blueberry Almond Cream Scones

Adapted from this recipe.

Makes 12 scones.

I baked these in muffin cups, scooping the batter instead of patting it into a round and cutting out. I saw scones done this way on Donna Hay and I thought they were pretty dang cute. Frozen blueberries hold up better when mixing this dough, but if you don’t mind some blueberry streaks, go ahead and use fresh.

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes and chilled

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

3/4 cup frozen blueberries

for the tops:

1 egg

1 tablespoon cream

sliced almonds and sugar

Preheat the oven to 425˚F and place paper cupcake liners in 12-cup muffin tin.

In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, pinch in the butter until there are bits of butter throughout and the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Toss in the blueberries and coat with the dry mixture. Pour in the cream and almond extract and gently fold to create a dough–the dough will be a bit wet, but not as wet as a muffin batter. Don’t over mix, it’s better to err on the side of under mixed with some dry bits throughout. Divide the dough between the 12 muffins cups using a levered scoop, about 2 scoops per cup

Whisk the egg with the 1 tablespoon of cream. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg-cream mixture, sprinkle with almonds and sugar. Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 13-15 minutes or until the tops of the scones are just golden. Remove from the oven and (try to) cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Grilled Goat Cheese, Bacon, and Jam Breakfast Sandwich

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
While it’s not the prettiest specimen, this sandwich is one of my all-time favorite, go-to breakfasts (and honestly, lunches). It’s a little weird with the bacon, cheese, egg, and jam all mingled together, but it’s weird in the most sensical way…I promise. It hits all of my cravings–salty, sweet, rich, tangy, and crisp–in each bite. Honestly, I can’t believe I’ve never shared this with you before because we have it ALL THE TIME.

A version of this sandwich often makes weekend appearances when we want something more than just cold cereal for breakfast. I almost always have the ingredients on hand and switch them up according to whatever is in the refrigerator. If I don’t have goat cheese, I will happily swap in cheddar, pepper jack, fontina, or whatever there is hanging out in the cheese drawer. If there isn’t any bacon–ham, proscuitto, or any pork product works just as well. An egg is always required, and if I weren’t pregnant, you’d better believe it’d be a runny one. The jam gets mixed up too–this time I used marionberry because–I live in Portlandia* now–and it’s was in the fridge. If I have some leaves of arugula wilting away in the crisper drawer, those go in there as well for some spicy-green bite. Really it’s an anything goes sandwich so long as you have a sweet, jammy spread, some sort of salty-cured pork situation, an egg, cheese, and some bread.

*Ps, when my brother-in-law and his gf were here visiting last week, we definitely waited in an out-the-door-long brunch line, walked by a store with birds on everything, and they saw Carrie and Fred handing out Voodoo donuts at Powell’s books. True life.

Grilled Goat Cheese, Bacon, and Jam Breakfast Sandwich

I mean, I know you can make a sandwich without a recipe, but look at this as a guide to a deliciously weird breakfast.

2 slices bread

soft butter

jam of choice

goat cheese

2 slices crispy bacon, cut in half

fried egg, however you like

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Butter the bread on the sides that will make contact with the pan. Spread a thin layer of jam on the opposite sides of the bread that are buttered. Spread or sprinkle some goat cheese chunks on one piece of the bread on the jam side, lay the slices of bacon across the top and place the egg on top of that. Top it all with the second piece of bread, jam side on the inside, and grill in the heated pan until the goat cheese is melty and the bread is golden brown and crisp on both sides. EAT.

 

 

 

Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby

Tags: , , , , , ,

A Dutch Baby is one of my favorite weekend breakfasts. It feels special without being a lot of work or taking a lot of time. Plus, it’s a total stunner! It’s impressive without any fuss. I mean, the batter gets mixed up in seconds with some help from an immersion blender (or regular blender), and it comes out of the oven all puffed and golden, with crisp edges and a custardy center. So much drama!

I love serving them simply with wedges of lemon for squeezing and granulated sugar, or maple syrup for the husband, but every once in a while I like to mix up a quick and fruity sauce to make this breakfast even more special. This Dutch Babe keeps the classic lemon flavor in tact but dresses it up with vibrant blueberries and softly whipped cream. It’s a great combo and the sauce can be made in the 20 minutes that it takes this oven pancake to bake. Breakfast for the win!

 

Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby

Adapted from The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook

Serves 2-4

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 eggs

2/3 cup flour

2/3 cup milk

zest from 1/2 lemon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the blueberry topping:

1 cup blueberries, frozen is fine

2 teaspoons lemon juice

zest of 1/2 lemon

3-4 tablespoons sugar

Place a 10-12 inch cast iron skillet in the oven and heat to 425˚F.

In a mixing bowl or a blender combine the eggs, flour, milk, zest, and vanilla. Using an immersion blender (or just the using a blender) blend until everything is smooth and just combined, but not foamy. Place the butter into the preheated cast iron skillet and swirl to melt. Once the butter is melted pour in the batter all at once and place in the hot oven. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the Dutch Baby is puffed and golden.

While the Dutch Baby bakes make the blueberry topping. In a sauce a saucepan combine all of the ingredients and heat over medium until the berries release their juices, begin to bubble, and become tender. Top the Dutch Baby with the sauce and some softly whipped cream.

The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook was complimentary provided to me by the publisher. However, I was not compensated for this post and as always, all opinions are my own.