There's something about winter that makes me want to bake something (and eat something.) Here in The North we're still trying to stay warm. We burn wood, and although it's a great source of heat, we have a lot of house to heat and not all of it feels toasty, especially since we're now into the wood that could have used more drying time. Oh well. Only two more months of this and then it should start to warm up and I can get out of this mood. I hope. In the meantime, I thought I'd share this recipe with you. I used Krusteaz GF flour, but I also have Bob's Red Mill GF flour, which I've not yet tried, but I'm sure will work just as well. These scones are a real treat, especially with a cup of good coffee.
Gluten-Free Blueberry Chocolate Chip Scones Recipe
This recipe makes a dozen scones 3" in diameter.
2 c. any gluten-free flour, one that can be used cup for cup like regular flour
(or, if you don't want gluten-free, just use regular flour)
1/3 c. white sugar
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. butter, soft but not too soft
1 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 package dried blueberries, tossed in just a bit of flour so they separate.
2/3 c. Half n Half (I've also used heavy whipping cream or evaporated milk)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 t. almond extract
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Cut butter into flour mixture until it's very fine. I use the food processor and pulse about 20 times.
In another bowl, beat egg, liquid, and extract. Add chocolate chips and blueberries.
Mix flour mixture with the egg mixture until everything is evenly moist. Don't overstir.
Drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased jellyroll pan
Place in 375 degree oven for 15-18 minutes.
Remove jellyroll pan from oven and place on rack. Let scones cool, then remove.
I don't like to keep them in a sealed container because I like the exterior to stay crispy. I simply cover them with a tea towel. They won't be around too long anyway.
Catch a glimpse of Crashed Ice in action at the Cathedral of St. Paul
on Saturday night, February 4. You can read about it in last Friday's post
and see interior photos of the cathedral as well.
After Friday's post, someone asked why this event is held at the cathedral. I suspect it is because the location of the cathedral gives the event the height, drop, and space necessary for the track and viewers, plus the attraction of the beautiful, majestic cathedral. Also, the church does make money from the event, which is part of the Winter Carnival which draws thousands to St. Paul. I'm making this up, but it seems reasonable to me.
For those of you who like history, here's a link to the history of the Cathedral of Saint Paul. You might find it interesting.
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