Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Independence Day!


Happy 4th of July - Independence Day in the USA!  I have had an unusual week and have not been in my craft room at all... Though I did open the door and take a peek in yesterday.  Sigh... I did not actually walk in and craft.

My younger son, Ian, had surgery on two toes yesterday (ouch!!) and will be home for a few more days since he must be released by the doctor before returning to Atlanta.  Doug, Duncan (our adorable Pomeranian) and I have each had a tummy thing since the weekend.  We are finally all feeling a lot better tonight but I must say, the only think that is worse than being ill is having a sick dog at the same time!!!



Because I have nothing new to share, we are going to take a peek at a few July 4th greatest hits - two tablescapes and a yummy recipe. 




Since it is blueberry season, and it is ALWAYS a good time for scones, I am going to share my favorite Blueberry Scone Recipe.  These scones are sooo yummy, but there is NOTHING light about them, except the texture!!!

Blueberry Scones



Ingredients:

8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, frozen whole
1½ cups (7½ oz.) fresh blueberries
½ cup whole milk
½ cup sour cream
2 cups (10 oz.) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the work surface
½ cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted


Directions:

Adjust an oven rack to middle position and preheat to 425˚ F. Grate the frozen butter on the holes of a large box grater. (I like to use my food processor for this – fast and easy.) Place the blueberries in the freezer until needed.

Whisk together the milk and sour cream in a medium bowl; refrigerate until needed. Combine the flour, ½ cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lemon zest in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the grated butter to the flour mixture and toss with fingers until thoroughly coated.

Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and fold with a spatula just until combined. Transfer the dough to a generously floured work surface. Dust the top of the dough with flour, and knead with well floured hands, 6-8 times, just until the dough holds together in a ragged ball. Add small amounts of flour as needed to prevent sticking.

Roll the dough into a 12-inch square. Fold the dough into thirds like a business letter (a dough scraper really helps with these steps). Fold the short ends of the dough into the center in thirds, to form an approximate 4-inch square. Transfer the dough to a plate lightly dusted with flour and chill in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Return the dough to the floured work surface and roll into an approximately 12-inch square again. Sprinkle the blueberries evenly over the surface of the dough, and gently press down so that they are slightly embedded in the dough surface. Using a dough scraper, roll the dough up to form a tight log. Lay the log seam side down and press the the log into a 12 by 4-inch rectangle. Using a sharp, floured knife, cut the rectangle crosswise into 4 equal rectangles. Cut each rectangle diagonally to form 2 triangles. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.

Brush the tops of the scones with melted butter and sprinkle lightly with sugar. (If freezing ahead of time, flash freeze on the baking sheet for 20 minutes, then wrap individually and store in a freezer bag until needed.) Bake until the tops and bottoms are golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
 
 
 
I wish you all a happy and HEALTHY Independence Day!!



6 comments:

Pat N. said...

Your table is so festive! Happy 4th of July!--Pat N.

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

I am sharing your lovely tablescape at Fantabulous Friday at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog this week.

Sandy Palmer said...

That is one fancy table display! Love it!!!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Wow!!! Your table display is unbelievable! Fantastic!
And TFS the recipe!

Carole Beath said...

I love when a holiday appears because I know that when I visit you, there is going to be a absolutely wonderful table set up. You display amazing love for your decor. Carole

Charlotte said...

This is the best 4th of July tablescape I have ever seen!

WOW! I love it!
Charlotte