Avid Baker Challenge #2
We're baking from Abby Dodge's book, The Weekend Baker. It's full of ideas to help someone pressed for time do part of the baking in advance, or in this case, to have your own pre-made mix in the cupboard. Just add a few ingredients and pop homemade scones in the oven. Abby includes several flavor variations for the mix. I was tempted by the cranberry version, but I had a little piece of ginger in the fridge. So I used Alton Brown's recipe for candied ginger and went with the ginger version.
Every time I mention an Alton Brown recipe, readers will comment and say what fans they are of his recipes. It's the same with my family. It's not just the recipes; it's also his humor and wit. I just "liked" AB on facebook. It was interesting to read what he said about himself. I especially liked his statement of faith; he just seems like someone you'd like to know.
Now back to our recipe, the story doesn't end here. My food blog postings have been infrequent as of late. As usual, for me and other bakers, that usually means that I've been dieting. Come to find out, counting calories and lots of exercise does work, even at my advanced age! :) I wanted to participate in this challenge, but didn't want to undo all of my efforts. Especially since the other person in our home is also dieting and has a lot more willpower than I do. So rather than making a big batch of scone mix, I made ONE scone. Crazy, I know.
I made 1/27 of the big batch, added a pinch of ground ginger and 2 teaspoons of my candied ginger. The result: one beautiful, delicious scone with a crisp crust and moist and tender inside. I couldn't help but think it was a good thing I only made one; I could have easily eaten six for breakfast.
Ed also enjoyed his half of the scone. He pronounced it "delicioso."