Raspberry Scones with Almond Glaze

Raspberry Scones are not only a perfect treat for summer, but all year round. The raspberries should not be fresh, but rather frozen. Finish them off with a bit of complimentary Almond Glaze.

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Ingredients: (makes 8 scones)

2 ½ cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

3 tablespoons sugar

1 cup buttermilk

¼ teaspoon almond extract

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen

¾ cup frozen raspberries

 

For Glaze:

¾ cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

¼ teaspoon almond extract

1 tablespoon butter, melted

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. (If using convection, preheat At 350).

In a large bowl, quickly whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, salt, baking soda, and sugar.

In a small bowl, mix together the buttermilk, and almond extract.

With a food processor on the ‘shred’ setting (like for shredding carrots and other vegetables), shred the frozen butter.

Cut these shreds into the flour mixture in the large bowl.

Fold the sour cream mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. If it is too dry, then add 1 -2 tablespoons of milk until moist. Be careful to mix just until combined. Do not over work the dough.

Then dump in the raspberries, and fold those in carefully. Don’t worry if the raspberries break up too much, they’ll still be fine.

Turn the resulting dough onto a piece of parchment/wax paper. Carefully shape dough into an 8-inch circle, ¾ inch thick. Be careful not to overwork the dough.

Cut out 8 pieces like you would a pie.

Place these 8 pieces onto a baking sheet, brush the tops over with some milk, and bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or longer, until the scones are golden.

Meanwhile, be making the almond glaze, by beating all the glaze ingredients together (powdered sugar, milk, melted butter, and almond extract).

If the consistency is too thick, add a tiny bit more milk. If it is too runny, add more powdered sugar.

Drizzle over baked scones.

Serve warm.

 

See my original post on raspberry scones on instructables.

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Shred Frozen butter…
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…shape into a ball

Homemade Waffles Recipe

These waffles are very easy to make at home; they are crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside.

Be sure to eat while fresh and hot.

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See recipe:

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INGREDIENTS: (serves 8)

2 eggs, separated

1 cup milk

¾ cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon sugar

1 ½ cups flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

½ cup vegetable oil

4 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Separate the egg using an egg separator, over a large metal bowl. The egg white will go in this metal bowl, and the egg yolk will go into the blender.

In the blender, pour in the rest of the ingredients over the egg yolk, (except the egg whites): (milk, coconut milk, sugar, flour, whole wheat flour, oil, baking powder, salt, and vanilla). Pour the wet ingredients in first for easier blending. Blend until nice and combined and fluffy.

After you’ve already blended the wet ingredients (except for the egg white), go back to your large metal bowl with the two egg whites in it. Get a high speed hand mixer, and whip those egg whites for about one minute (depending how fast your whipper is), until you get soft, fluffy, white peaks.

Now, pour all the ingredients from the blender into the whipped egg white bowl. Scrape the blender to make sure you’ve got almost everything. Now, fold the egg whites into the rest of the ingredients. This is what will make your waffles nice and fluffy on the inside. Now you are ready to cook your waffles.

When your waffle iron is done preheating, open it up, and pour in your batter using a measuring cup. The amount of batter you’ll need depends on your waffle maker. The waffle maker will beep, and/or have a green light go on when the waffle is done cooking. But there’s not hurt in checking manually beforehand to see if the waffle is done.

Repeat this cooking process however many times it takes to finish your batter. If you will not be eating your waffles right away, but will probably eat it in 10 – 30 minutes after cooking (which is not necessarily recommended), preheat oven to 170 degrees, and line the rack with some parchment paper. Place your cooked waffles in this warm place until ready to eat.

If you do this, though, chances are that the waffles won’t be as crispy as they were right out of the waffle maker.

Serve with syrup, and/or fruit jam…

…or however you like eating waffles.

NOTE:

You can use a special egg separator like I do if you prefer that over doing it with the egg shell, which is harder. You can buy an egg separator here: At Amazon

Scroll down to see some step-by-step pictures.

RECOMMENDED WAFFLES IRON(S):

If you don’t have a waffle maker, and you are interested in buying one, see below:

I use a Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker, which is a really nice, large, deep waffle maker that makes great waffles, for $60.

I also use (behind the scenes) a Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker that works perfectly fine, too, for half the price as the Belgian Waffle maker. The difference? This $30 classic waffle maker is a lot smaller, and less deep, and so it holds less waffle batter. It also doesn’t BEEP when the waffle is done cooking.

I recommend the Belgian waffle maker if you don’t mind spending the money for it.

If you’re on a budget, however, and don’t have many mouths to feed, I’d personally recommend the Classic Waffle Maker.

See the links above.

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Separating the eggs…
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Egg whites after being whipped.
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Waffle batter poured.

 

How to Make Egg Salad

Egg salad is the perfect snack, lunch, or breakfast. It can be eaten multiple ways: in sandwiches, with crackers, in wraps, or just by itself. On top of that, it is flavorful, and full of protein. And, it is very easy to make.

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INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS:

(serves 6)

10 eggs (approx. 1 week old)

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

First, take your raw eggs, and place them in a large saucepan with water filled up about two inches. Bring quickly to a boil, and then remove pan from heat, and let the eggs finish cooking in the hot water for about another 15 minutes.

For more details see: How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs, which is a recipe I found helpful, or see this helpful instructable: Easy Hard Boiled Eggs.

When eggs are almost done through their rest/cook time, create an ice-bath in a large bowl.

When eggs are done cooking, dunk them immediately into the ice bath.

From the ice bowl, pick them out to peel them.

After the eggs have been peeled, place each into a wire egg-cutter, and cut one way, then flip egg around, and cut perpendicularly to your last cut. This will make your egg nicely diced.

Once your eggs have been nicely diced, throw all of them into a large bowl.

Throw in the mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly until combined.

Now you have a nice bowl of flavorful, protein-packed egg salad. This can be put in lettuce wraps, in between two pieces of bread as a sandwich, eaten with crackers, or just consumed completely by itself.

Store in fridge when not consuming.