Monday, January 31, 2011

From Valerie's Kitchen

Something I'm starting at work (Wisconsin Cutlery) is a photo blog entitled "From Valerie's Kitchen". Each post will feature an item I've recently baked using products found at Wisconsin Cutlery and, of course, a recipe! The first edition is a recipe for cranberry orange scones. 

Cold Wisconsin winters lead to large appetites for comfort food. One of my favorite comfort food is scones, and what better to stuff into a baked good then cranberries and oranges zest?! So read on, get inspired, and if you live in Wisconsin, bake a batch of these so you can enjoy them during the blizzard!

Recipe for Cranberry Orange Scones (based on a BHG Limited Edition Cookbook recipe)
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 12 minutes
Oven: 400° F
Makes: 8 scones

2/12 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter (salted), cut into pieces
2 beaten eggs
3/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
(I used my ulu to mince these in a snap)
zest of two oranges
(used microplane, zested straight into mixing bowl with eggs and whipping cream)
approximately 1/4 cup milk (to brush on dough before baking)
2 tablespoons raw sugar

1. In a medium bowl combine flour, the 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, whipping cream, cranberries and orange zest. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Using a fork, stir just until moistened.
3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing dough for 10 to 12 strokes or until dough is nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll dough into an 8-inch circle. Cut into 8 wedges.
4. Place wedges 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush wedges with milk and sprinkle with raw sugar. Bake in a 400° oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden. Remove scones from baking sheet and serve warm.

Items found at Wisconsin Cutlery that went into the prep of these scones:

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl - starting at $1.59
Stainless Steel Measuring Cups - $4.95
Whisk - $3.99
Microplane Zester
Mac Utility Knife - $58.50
Aluminum 1/2 Sheet Pan
Taylor Digital Cooking Timer/Thermometer

Additional tools used:
Grohmann Ulu