Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gearing Up...♣ ♣ ♣

No, not for clubs, but that is as close as I can get to a shamrock!

Last year Easter fell so close to March 17th, I didn't get a chance to enjoy all things green..

So I am starting early...

I have made Irish Soda Bread....tons of it...not that dry crumbly stuff, that even a pound of butter won't help..a nice moist, probably not traditional...but after trying many recipes, one that we like.
Last year my new grandson Declan was Baptized early in March, and I made 50 loaves of it as a take home for the guests. I was like the Swedish Baker from the Muppets with flour flying all over the kitchen...


Wrapped to go..



I have never made Scones..till today....


The recipe is from EVERYDAY FOOD...March 2009


I had mine with some jam...


They were very good, moist, and light...
Here's the recipe..

Raisin Scones

2 C flour
2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
3 T sugar
1 stick cold sweet butter, cut in sm pieces
3/4 C raisins
1/2 C buttermilk
1 lg beaten egg

Preheat oven to 425

Line a baking sheet with parchment ( I used a silpat)
Mix dry ingredients together.
Cut in the butter till it looks like coarse meal
Stir in the raisins
Make a well in the middle and add in the buttermilk and beaten egg..
Just combine, do not over mix.
Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead 6 times
Pat into an 8 in circle...cut with 2 3/4 in floured biscuit cutter
Place on baking sheet 1 1/2 in apart
Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake 12 to 15 min till golden..

My notes...
I used salted butter,and 1/4 t salt..
I would add more raisins next time, we like them!
You can use cranberries if you don't like raisins

I have another recipe to try...but we really liked these...

And tonight for dinner we had Pork fried Rice...Ribs done in the oven, and cole slaw...



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  1. Your tower of scones is beautiful!
    Kathleen..I Love scones!

    I remember your loaves:) I bet they are good!

    St-Pat's will always make me think of you.. And our St Pats' dinner last year.
    I have my topiaries to remind me forever and a day~

  2. I remember your sweet loaves, too! I love the way you packaged them ~ what a treat for all who received them.

    Your scones look fabulous, thank you for sharing the recipe, Kathleen.

    Ooooh and ribs! I would be so happy with that dinner. :)

  3. 50 must have had flour flying!! Love the packaging for Declan's Baptism, very nice thought!

    Have never tried making scones, but after seeing yours and Marsha's I'm thinking I should give them a try!

    Ribs looking good and filling...was your rice "crunchy" like someone elses??? lol

    Love the black toile looking plate...I've seen that before with another creation on it!!

    Great post...

  4. I keep forgetting to tell you how I LOVE your St Patty's background..beautiful!!

  5. Kathleen, the scones look so good... I'll take mine with cranberries! And clotted cream, please.

  6. Kathleen, 50 loaves of soda bread all wrapped up and pretty in honor of Declan's baptism. Who could forget that? What a special Nana!

    You're scones look super....I've never made scones. I have a friend that swears by the Cook's Illustrated scone recipe.

    Dinner look mighty tasty!

  7. Oh Kathleen your scones look fabulous. Any leftovers?
    50 loaves of soda that's G-Ma love. You must have dreamed about baking them, days after.
    Those ribs look just mouthwatering..

  8. I remember the 50 loaves too, such a wonderful grandma you are to make those for favors.

    The scones sound so good. I love fav is rasp/white chocolate :-)

    Those ribs are making me hungry. Skipped dinner tonight.

  9. I also remember from last year! Those ribs are calling my name, yum.

  10. Somehow I missed commenting on this post! Your scones look great. I'll have to give that recipe a try. They look so light and fluggy. I remember when you made all of those breads. You must have some system down to do all of those breads.

  11. I remember the flour flying, too! Awesome grandma you are :)

    The scones look so good, so do the ribs! Now i am hungry and it's too late, but I wish I ahd a scone!

    Suzy, fluggy? :)

  12. Oh my....your scones look delicious! I've only made scones once but I'd like to try this recipe with cranberries!

    I know your cole slaw was good, because I have your recipe and it's one of our favorites!


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