During the month of November there is going to be two recipes for each week for Tuesdays with Dorie. I have decided that I am going to bake each option because Mike needs to gain weight :) This will probably hurt me since I am trying to lose weight. I am almost back to my pre-baby weight, and then I have chosen to try to lose a couple more pounds :) I am looking forward to the day when I can put back on my jeans and feel comfortable :)
So the two recipes chosen for this week were Honey Nut Scones, which I changed to Maple Hazelnut Scones, chosen by Jeannette of Whimsical Cupcake; and Far Breton chosen by Nicole of Cookies on Friday. Both of these recipes can be found in Baking: From My Home to Yours on pages 31 and 202, respectively.
You ask why did I change the scone recipe, 1) I was being lazy and didn’t want to get the honey out, and 2) I was being lazy and I already had hazelnuts that were toasted (peels removed) and chopped. It just made life so much easier. The scones came together quite nicely, and baked up in no time. I need to learn to not pat the dough out so thin. I decided to dress them up a bit with some decorating sugar, which helped in the sweetness department. Most scones that you come across today at coffee shops are doctored up to the nines in sugar, so it takes a little getting use to when there isn’t that much sweetness to a scone. But I guess that is what toppings are for :)
I sat down this morning with some Irish Breakfast Tea and a Maple Nut Scone, and I was perfectly content with my choice. I couldn’t really taste the maple, but the hazelnut flavor was very nice and the tea balanced everything out. I had just enough time to eat my scone and drink half of my tea before Emma woke up and wanted feed. I have to say, that it was very good timing.
The Far Breton, made my life so simple. Especially since I was trying to make it the night before. After I made the batter and placed it in the fridge, I decided that soaking the prunes and having them ready for today would make life easier. So I walked over to the pantry, checked my bag of dried fruit, only to discover that I was mistaken and didn’t have any prunes…I had dates, CRAP!
I guess I will just have to drink the Earl Grey tea that I just made and wait until tomorrow since I really couldn’t/didn’t want to do anything about it on HALLOWEEN.
Cut to this evening when my wonderful husband shows up with prunes for my recipe. I promptly fix the tea, soak the prunes, and wait for them to come to room temperature. The Far Breton just came out of the oven and smells FANTASTIC. Now, it is time for the waiting game. It must be the worst game ever when it comes to baked goods that have to cool before you can eat them. The anticipation is excruciating, so I am trying to distract myself by writing this entry :)