Maple Walnut Scones

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: April 26, 2012
Yield: 5-6 servings
Time needed: 25 minutes

 This is simple enough and quick enough to make for breakfast.  Of course, it is in the “Spring” section of the cookbook.

Maple Walnut Scones

Maple Walnut Scones
3 ½ cups (875) ml. flour
1 cup (250 mL) walnuts or other nuts, finely chopped
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup (150 mL) chilled butter
1 cup (250 mL) milk
½ cup (125 mL) maple syrup

Preheat oven to 425oF (220oC)
Grease a baking pan.
Combine flour, nuts, baking powder and salt.
Add the butter, cutting it in until the mix is crumbly.
Quickly stir in milk and syrup.
Work mix into a soft dough.
Turn it out onto a board. Knead gently 5-6 times.
Roll out into a circle about ½” (1 cm.) thick and 7” (18 cm) across.
Cut into 10-12 wedges and place on baking pan.
Bake 15-18 minutes until golden.  Serve immediately.

Creamed Asparagus or Spinach (with Popovers)

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: January 4, 2017
Yield: Serves 2 as a main dish or 3-4 as a side dish
Time needed: 30-40 minutes for popover version. 20 minutes for omelet version

This is actually three recipes in one. First you make the creamed vegetable (asparagus or spinach) which you can serve as a side dish on its own, or on toast. Or you can try the omelet or popover versions below.

The quantities given for the cream sauce make a thin sauce. My preference is for a medium sauce. That would call for either 1/2 the milk or double the butter and flour.

Creamed Asparagus or Spinach
1 lb./500 g asparagus(cut in 3/4”/2 cm. pieces) or 3 cups/750 ml fresh spinach
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk.

Cook the vegetable of your choice until tender. Drain and set aside.

Melt butter in frypan over medium heat.
Stir in flour until smooth and bubbly.
Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until smooth.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens.
Stir in asparagus or spinach.
Season to taste and serve over buttered toast, in omelet or popovers.

Omelet version.(for one person)
Whisk together 2 eggs and 1 Tbsp. milk.
Place a non-stick frypan over medium heat.
Pour in beaten eggs.
As eggs set, lift edges to let uncooked portion flow underneath.
When eggs are set, cover one-half with creamed vegetable.
Fold and serve.

Popover version (6 popovers)
1/2 cup/125 ml whole wheat flour
1/2 cup/125 ml milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. salt.

Combine all ingredients and beat with an electric mixer or blender until smooth.
Set aside for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400oF/200oC

While oven heats dab a little butter into six muffin cups.
Place in the oven to melt.
Brush melted butter over sides and bottoms of muffin cups.
Stir batter and divide among muffin cups.
Bake without opening oven door until puffed, firm and starting to brown. (about 25 minutes)
Immediately pierce with a knife to release steam.
Fill with creamed spinach or asparagus and serve.

Currant Biscuits

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: June 21, 2015
Yield: about 15 biscuits
Time needed: about 30 minutes

The picture flatters these biscuits. I was delighted to find some locally grown and ground flour at the farmer’s market—a rarity in this part of the country. And I wanted to try it out. I am not sure whether it is my own ineptitude with biscuits or that it was clearly not the right flour to use, but the biscuits did not rise well at all. In any case both the biscuits and the flour deserve another try: just not together.

Currant biscuits

Currant biscuits

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