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mmm, baked goods...
Um, right, so, to distract myself from what's going on upstairs whilst I was trying to work... yet again... I think I'll mention that despite my questionable record regarding baked goods and the application of fire thereto, I've stumbled upon a recipe for scones that I can actually make without destroying particularly spendy ingredients and/or the entire kitchen. This is adapted from an article that was on Salon.com a couple of weeks ago, and if I can get it to turn out pretty consistently, man...

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder

Whisk together in a bowl, then add

1 1/4 cup heavy cream

Smoosh together a bit, then add Something To Make It Interesting, such as fruit, nuts, etc... The original recipe called for orange zest and chocolate chips, which... I haven't actually tried yet, I keep getting distracted by my neighbors having floorsqueaky sex dried cranberries. Add about as much of whatever components as the dough will absorb without losing structural integrity.

Flatten into a round about an inch thick on a baking sheet and cut into 8 parts. You may wish to liberally dust the top with more sugar as you're flattening, it makes for a nice crunchy crust.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.

The ones I baked this morning used dried cranberries (...I like dried cranberries in my baked goods, they hide a multitude of sins) and a more-or-less diced cortland apple that didn't fit into the pie Mum made a few weeks ago. I also threw in some cinnamon and substituted brown sugar for plain. They are... mostly gone already.


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brewsternorth From: brewsternorth Date: October 6th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Ooh, that sounds good. I could also see orange zest going well with dried cranberries, or the version you did with apples (NOM).

Have you tried savoury varieties with (hard!) cheese or nuts, or is that where it goes Horribly Wrong?
robling_t From: robling_t Date: October 6th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
The first one I made was orange zest and cranberries, which is very, very good. I've considered cheese versions, I just don't have any cheese at the moment... well, shredded taco cheese, but I suspect that way lies madness. Or the realization that I really should go all Martha Stewart and invest in a silpat.
saganth From: saganth Date: October 6th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Would you like a 'baked goods' recipe that requires absolutely no baking whatsoever? I have no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies to tempt you with. *tempt-tempt*

(I'd post right off without asking but for all I know you already have this recipe?)
robling_t From: robling_t Date: October 6th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
You had me until "peanuts", alas... (not a full-blown 'fall down ded' issue, just in the family of 'I will really really hate myself if I get into this by mistake' food sensitivities, like the bananas and the iceberg lettuce...)
saganth From: saganth Date: October 6th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Erf. Sorry about that. Well I think my userpic to the left says it all.
saganth From: saganth Date: October 6th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Hmm , I *have been wondering what would happen to the consistency of the cookies if the PB was left out...
robling_t From: robling_t Date: October 6th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
For some reason I'm thinking of something like mascarpone cheese... which is, basically, Why Sam Should Not Be Allowed Near The Kitchen If You Want The Kitchen Back In One Piece...
saganth From: saganth Date: October 6th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Cheese... with chocolate and oatmeal....

robling_t From: robling_t Date: October 6th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, tiramisu... :)

Edited at 2010-10-06 08:11 pm (UTC)
brewsternorth From: brewsternorth Date: October 6th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Wondering, scientifically, if the trick is to include oil to replace what isn't in the PB, and some other material to make it doughlike?
saganth From: saganth Date: October 6th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well the cookies don't really have dough. They're totally flour-less. Basically they are just milk, butter, sugar, cocoa, peanut butter, and oatmeal. The first four get mixed and briefly boiled, then the pb gets added, then the oatmeal gets mixed in as a binding agent, and you drop spoonfuls to cool and solidify. So basically they're just chocolate held together by oats.
whitecrow0 From: whitecrow0 Date: October 6th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
SCONES! With cranberries! I am saving the recipe.
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: October 6th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I've never successfully made scones myself, but I'm told that parmesan and basil work well either separately or together.
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