The Sky’s the Limit

I had decided to surprise Ralph with a special treat for Valentine’s Day…but first I got the surprise of a wrap around sunrise.  I don’t know what else to call it.  It was out my kitchen window which I expect…

But was also heading toward the West…

It just went on and on.  It was a wonderful gift for Valentine’s Day.

On to my surprise for Ralph.  I had mentioned that during the Christmas holidays my sister, Ele had taught me how to make scones.  I thought it would be fun to make some today for Ralph for Valentine’s Day.

First the recipe which is from Martha Stewart’s magazine but I can’t remember the name of it.  It’s the little one that you get at the check out in your grocery store. 

The recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for work surfaces

5 Tbsps sugar plus 1 Tbsp for topping

1 Tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 Tbsps chilled unsalted butter, cut in small pieces

2/3 cup half and half plus 1 Tbsp

1/2 cup halved cranberries drained on towels

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a bowl, whisk together flour, 5 Tbsps sugar, baking powder and salt.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in 2/3 cup half and half until just moistened.  Gently fold in cranberries.

2. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently, 5 to 10 times.  Pat into a 1 inch thick round.  Cut into 8 wedges; place on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart.  Brush tops with remaining tablespoon half and half; sprinkle with remaining tablespoon sugar.  Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.  Let cool on wire rack.

Ele tells me that this recipe is very forgiving. She uses margarine and 1% or sometimes non-fat milk depending on what she has. I used Smart Balance and 2% milk. I also used dried cranberries, but you can use almost any dried fruit or even chocolate chips.  Since the first time I made them, I’ve been formulating in my mind some other variations including savory ones.  Now that I know I can make them on my own, the sky’s the limit!

Forgot to take a photo until I got to this point!!  Then it got tough because I was covered with flour…and so was my camera when I was finished!! 😮

It’s hard to see but the one on top is heart-shaped!

All finished!

Ralph’s tray all pretty and ready for him! 🙂

The whole time I was doing my best to be quiet so that he wouldn’t wake up before I finished and I was successful!  He was very appreciative and gave me a big hug and kiss.

I also tried to start on a good habit…

When I emptied the bag of flour into a plastic container, I cut the side of the bag so that first of all I would know it was all-purpose flour (all those white things look alike!!) and also it has the “use by” date on it.  I’m so proud of myself.  I’ve learned my baking lesson…fresh ingredients…good results.  My only issue with the scones was that they stuck to the foil which made it a little hard to remove them…a few of the bottoms are not ready for their close up!  My next purchase needs to be a Silpat.  That will make life much easier!  It’s no fun to make something that tastes good and have half of it end up on the cookie sheet!  

After a day like today…

The sky really is the limit! 🙂


4 responses to “The Sky’s the Limit

  1. I had every confidence in you. I’m one of the few people left alive who remembers what a very excellent cook that you are. I always pictured you as Mrs. Walton, cooking, baking bread, canning. Remember, you used to do all of that!

  2. They look gorgeous, especially the heart-shaped scone!!! That tray looks like the perfect thing to wake up to. Happy Valentine’s Day, Fran.

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