Posts tagged ‘snack’

June 3, 2010

Teacher treats … Chocolate Chip Scones and Banana Nut Bread

by heikes3

As mentioned before, the end of the school year always brings me even closer to my oven. It is the time to thank the teachers for all their hard work and another great year for our girls. A sure winner is the banana nut bread that regularly was mentioned in the teacher’s thank you notes.

This year, I thought it would be a great idea to bake it with the girls. I had it all planned out, even the cute little origami baskets they would be baking in and certainly a great banana nut bread recipe.

These  baskets, I thought, would make the presentation just perfect. We got out 8×10″ white sheets of paper and cut out the same size of baking paper and folded. Very cute, indeed.

I put them on a baking sheet, not to close to one another so they would have enough room to bake separately. I was a bit worried about the sides being a bit wobbly, you know the part where the handle is supposed to be. Hm, as the batter baked and rose, it pushed just as much on the sides. Well, what happens if there isn’t ample resistance? The banana breads ended up looking as wide as they were long. I should have really taken a picture, but I was so displeased with myself, I did not have enough humor left. I wanted to hand the teachers something scrumptious the next morning.

I decided to make our success-proven Chocolate Chip Scones, cut up the banana bread and present those to the teachers with a cute little sign, wrapped in cellophane paper finished with a bright, cheery ribbon.

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May 5, 2010

Fresh Strawberry Scones

by heikes3

Shame on me.

We did not eat our strawberries right away, when I brought them home in our weekly CSA (community supported agriculture) bag last Wednesday.

They are fresh and organic, absolutely to die for sweet, juicy and tender, need I say more? If you leave them too long, they get soft and overripe. So, we like to eat them fresh with just some sweetened yogurt sauce – just plain yogurt with sugar, sometimes or often, may I confess, with whipped cream folded under for a lusciously rich, smooth taste. 

But, I needed to find another way to use those strawberries that do not pass the fresh strawberry perfection test.  I pondered strawberry bread and strawberry cheesecake ice-cream. While perusing one of my favorite websites for sure-fire recipes, King Arthur Flour (my flour of choice!), I came across the Fresh Blueberry Scones recipe I had made before with frozen strawberries since my 8-year old Emily isn’t much of a blueberry fan. I know, I can’t believe it either. Who does not like blueberries? She does like them freshly picked off the bush when we go blueberry picking, but not in muffins, pancakes or any other form once they are brought home. It’s kind of like when we go to the supermarket, nosh on the samples, pick up some of that delicious dip we loved so much, just to find it in the back of the fridge weeks later… with a many more hues of color than I care to remember…

But I digress … I made the scones and at Emily’s request tried three different toppings. After slathering them with melted butter I sprinkled granulated sugar or sugar crystals/sparkling sugar on them and left some without sugar. While I liked the sparkle and crunch of the sugar crystals, I preferred how the granulated sugar and butter married into a barely-there, but would-miss-it-if-it-wasn’t-there pearly, crunchy sheen.

These scones serve happiness on a rainy spring day or a refreshing treat in the muggy Atlanta almost-summer air. They are moist, yet fluffy and light; fruity and just sweet enough to still let the strawberries be the stars they were grown to be.

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