Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Cheddar and Dill Scones
I have been sick as can be around here. My hubby mentioned that I'm not blogging enough in general but in this instance I'm bed-ridden, not going to happen. I was sick in bed on Boxing day and slowly starting recuperating to only get hit hard again. Today, I'm almost back to the land of the living. Though as one mom put it today, when I went to pick up my kids at school, "You sound like death". touche.
Sorry, it's going to take me a while to work out the kinks on this blog. I don't know why I thought I can customize a web template, since I really don't know anything about html and widgets and such! But I have to give myself some kudos cuz I haven't totally wrecked it :)
But, I will continue to post on.
I have to tell you about my one and only memory with scones. Yes, you read right, I've only tried scones once in my life. I was very young and we were visiting a little ole grandma's home. She had these beautiful triangle breads that she called scones and I was eager to try it. I took a bite and the crumbly dryness dehydrated my mouth to the point that I nearly chocked. And ever since then I have never, ever had a scone. The mere mention of a scone had me shaking my head "no thanks" every time. I remember thinking how scones and tea were often served together so I thought they were supposed dry and stale like that. The tea balanced out the dryness.
Throughout the last year, I stumbled upon a bunch of scone recipes and figured that I should really give it another go. Tastes change and I shouldn't blacklist something after one try.
Well, these Cheddar and Dill Scones have changed my mind in the scone department. And I'm wondering why I waited so long. It wasn't dry at all. Stale? Nuh-uh! These savoury scones were so delicous that they didn't last long at all at our house. I ate them plain they were so good but I can imagine, slathered in butter, they would be over the top good.
That little ole grandma probably had her scones sitting in her cupboard, forgotten, and then she brought them out and ruined the experience for an impressional child, which lasted a good 20+ years.
Glad I finally put an end to that :)
Cheddar and Dill Scones
makes 16 large scones
4 cups + 1 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups(3/4 pound) cold butter, diced
4 extra large eggs
1 cup cold heavy cram
2 cups(1/2 pound) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tsp dry dill (or use 1 cup of fresh dill)
1 egg wash (1 egg with 1 tbsp milk or water)
Mix together the 4 cups of flour, powder and salt. Blend in the butter and mix until course crumbs develop. (Use a mixer or food processor)
Add the eggs, cream and combine until blended. Do not over mix.
In a separate bowl, mix the cheese, dill and flour. Add to the above mixture until evenly distributed.
Roll the dough onto a floured surface to a thickness of 3/4 inch. Cut the dough into 4 inch squares. Cut each square into half, diagonally, to get triangles.
Place the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the dough with the egg wash.
Bake at 400F for 25 minutes and the outside is crusty.
Recipe adapted from: cheddar-dill scones, the barefoot contessa cookbook.(
Labels: breads / loaves/ muffins