Archive for April, 2011

April 29, 2011

Royal Scones

I woke up this morning and knew that scones were the only way to celebrate the Royal Wedding today! This recipe is a light all-purpose rendition. We have in the past added crystalized ginger to the dough with great success. You could add almost anything to make them your own! They also store quite well, unbaked, in the freezer. I decided to keep it simple this morning and served them with my favorite Huckleberry jam and strawberries.

Buttermilk Scones

Courtesy of The SONO Baking Company Cookbook

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2 T sugar

1 T baking powder

1 t coarse salt

1/2 t baking soda

6 T chilled butter cut into small pieces

3/4 cup buttermilk

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Work butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1/2 cup of buttermilk and fold together then continue adding buttermilk 1 T at a time until the dough just comes together and there are no dry spots.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into two balls. Form each ball into a 7 inch disk, 3/4 inch to 1 inch thick. Using a scraper or a sharp knife cut each disk into 6 equal wedges. Place wedges on prepared baking sheet and chill for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°
  6. Bake on middle rack for 16-20 minutes, until golden brown. Rotate about 2/3 of the way through.
  7. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.
  8. ENJOY!

April 29, 2011

Toasting the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge!

I will be the first to admit that I was more than a little excited about the Royal Wedding. I did not drag myself out of bed to watch it live, but I did make scones to celebrate! (Stay tuned for details).

I watched the (DVRed) coverage start to finish relishing every detail of the transformation of Miss Catherine Middleton to The Dutchess of Cambridge. Though she is not a Princess strictly speaking, it really is a fairytale. The Brits do pomp & circumstance better than anyone. I admire how proper even the crowds seem to be exhibiting their best British behavior this morning. Everyone simply excited to be a part of the pageantry!

The highlights for me were seeing the siblings interacting. Kate and Pippa (who looked fantastic herself) were just sweet and supportive. Harry was both emotional and jocular (not to mention just perfectly disheveled). Seeing the love and understanding that seemed to be present between William and Kate. Seeing the crowds all along the way. It seemed to be a wonderful day for the monarchy. It was interesting to see how conservative this wedding was compared to Charles and Diana. From the dress to the flowers, everything was understated. I loved the gown, though it was quite simple for the venue. The whole look was just what you would expect from her. I would have loved to see a more elaborate bouquet as well as a cathedral-length veil, worthy of Westminster Abby. Otherwise, I thought everything was stunning and tasteful. The trees in the Abby were a fabulous touch!  Kate had such poise and I don’t think she could have done anything better. The kiss was sweet as well and I loved that they gave in for a second kiss!

The Happy Couple

What did you think? Did you watch? Do something special to celebrate? Have a favorite part? Anything you would have done differently?

Congratulations to the happy couple!!


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