Sunday, May 10, 2009

Blackberry Cream Scones

Modifying a scone recipe in "America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook".

2 c. AP Flour plus extra for the counter
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes and chilled.
1 cup fresh black berries
1 cup heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 450 deg. F
Combine sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
Cut butter in.  
2. Add the berries.  It may get sticky!
3. Stir in the cream until the dough begins to form.
4. Knead on a counter.  It will be a sticky ball.
5. Press into a 9 inch cake pan.
6. Turn it out and cut into 8 wedges.
7. Place the wedges on an ungreased baking sheet.
8. Bake until they are light brown. 12-15 minutes.
9. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minues.

They were best plain, without butter, jam or cream cheese.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Quickie Pizza

I made this for my dinner.  It was quick, tasty, and filling.


1 parmesan, garlic pain perdu, sliced in half (Raley's brand is best)
Shredded mozzarella cheese 1-2 ounces.
1/2 cup sauteed mushrooms
1/3 cup sliced olives
1-2 tbsp. pasta sauce (I like Rinaldi)

Preheat oven to 375 deg. F
Spread the sauce on the bread.
Top with shredded cheese.
Top with mushrooms.
Top with sliced olives.
Place pizzas on foil and a baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes.  Let cool about 5 minutes before eating, top with parmesan or black pepper.

It would just as good with just an olive tapenade.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake with walnuts, raisins, and ginger served with fresh strawberries and lemony cream cheese frosting.

Turkey Salad

This morning's brunch is home roasted turkey on a bed of romaine hearts, with avocado, grated carrot, walnuts and parsley.  Its dressed with a splash of rice wine vinegar.  Its an unconventional breakfast.  

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tropical Squares


6 melted tbsp. butter
2 cups plain graham cracker crumbs
2 cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
1 cup macadamia nuts
3/4 cup dates
1/4 cup dried papaya
1/4 cup dried mango
1/4 cup diced sugared ginger
1/2 cup dried pineapple
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Pre-heat oven to 350 deg. F
Pour butter into a 15 in. x 10 in. x 1 in. baking pan.
Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.
Arrange nuts and fruit over crumbs.
Press down gently.
Combine milk and vanilla, pour evenly over fruit.
Bake for 20-25 min or until lightly browned.
Cool on a wire rack.
Cut into squares.
Makes about 3 dozen.