So, I cannot follow a recipe which makes me a decent cook (some would say better than decent) and a baker in progress.
I recently had company in to visit and they have 2 small children (2 & 5); I was trying to come up with something that would be easy for breakfast or a snack that the kids would enjoy too. I don’t have children and my palate loves lots of flavor so I can sometimes be a bit overwhelming in my cooking for others if they are used to less seasonings. So I was digging around in my cookbooks, I didn’t think yogurt parfait or granola were substantial enough for guests; meaning my dishes must take work and TLC and it has to show in the final product or I feel like somehow I have short-changed them (and myself).
I thought a scone would be nice, but one of the personal challenges I have is that recipes are useful as a guide and I especially enjoy the pictures, however I can sometimes lose it in the details, which is why for every 8 baked goods I make 2 turn out the way I have envisioned. I just cannot be tied down and constricted to a recipe it is almost suffocating! I am sure that you will have lots of opportunity to experience the trials and tribulations of bread making with me (it can be exhausting).
Williams-Sonoma, Eat Well created by chef and author Charity Ferreira- a cookbook I received from my dear aunt for Christmas. It is a wonderful hard cover with bright pictures, seasonal ingredients and it gives you a few key highlights of the dish, such as rich in antioxidants or in the case of my scones, they are touted as being a cholesterol buster and source of Omega-3S. The title of Charity’s scones btw is Oatmeal Scones with Cherries, Walnuts and Chocolate Chunks and are fiber rich. As you might notice here title is a bit different than mine so I thought it necessary to share the ingredients with you.
The ingredients for the recipe (with my adaptations):
2c AP Flour (I used 1c Self Rising and 1c wheat)
1c old-fashioned rolled oats (I used a 6 grain blend from the bulk foods section)
1/4 sugar (I used cane sugar)
1Tbsp Baking Powder (same)
1/2 tsp salt (same)
6 Tbsp Cold Unsalted Butter Cut into pieces (same)
3/4 C buttermilk (same but I use the powdered kind because I don’t bake a lot with buttermilk)
1 large egg (I used an egg, not sure if it was large or not)
1/2c Dried Tart Cherries*
1/2c Coarsely Chopped Walnuts*
1/2c Dark Chocolate Chunks*
*so for these last 3 ingredients I didn’t have cherries and I assume kids don’t like nuts and my fiance doesn’t like them in his food (weird right?) so here is what I did have – 1/4c of dried cranberries in the pot, some dates and figs I bought so that I can stuff later next week (stay tuned) and Semi Sweet Giradelli chocolate chips and that is what I used and they are fabulous!
Honestly, the point here is to use what you have and don’t stress out if it isn’t exact; perfect is boring!
I just realized what would make this post complete would be a pic of the kiddo’s enjoying the tasty treats, but who thinks that far in advance?