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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

tender cinnamon scones and a stained glass window

Just before Christmas, fellow foodblogger Michelle sent me a surprise - a bag of cinnamon chips. I'd searched all the stores around here, and came up empty - so I was delighted to see she'd gotten them from one state over in Vermont, from the King Arthur flour people. Now that I know where to get them, I'll be making these oh so tender crumbed cinnamon chip scones a lot more! As you see, Mr. B's beagle, Snooper, was hoping I'd drop a half a scone on the floor (sorry, Snoop).
While I was delivering scones, I noticed this beautiful new stained glass window in the kitchen - and had to snap a quick detail. Isn't it gorgeous? The perfect solution to wanting a little privacy, it sits on the windowsill, rather than being fixed into the frame.
On to the scones!
This makes 8 large scones - as big as your hand (well, my hand, anyway).
To make:
4 cups King Arthur flour
2 sticks unsalted cold butter, cut into pieces (8 oz)
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
3 t. baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups cinnamon baking chips
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
4 T. cinnamon sugar for sprinkling on top
Fit a baking sheet with parchment or foil.
Preheat oven to 375F.
In mixer bowl, add the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and cut up butter pieces.
Mix well until the butter is in pea sized pieces and incorporated well.
Add the cinnamon chips and briefly mix, then add the buttermilk and mix until it JUST comes together.
Remove to the counter and pat into a disc. Roll gently with a rolling pin to a smooth, 10" size circle.
Cut into 8 triangles and brush with water, then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top.
Bake for around 25 minutes, or until the scones are light when you pick them up. This is the best way to test whether they're done. Your kitchen, by the way, will smell heavenly!
Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack.
What I'm reading - nothing! I've been taking photos for my 365 project (a picture a day for a year) instead. Hope to drop into the library on the way back from the dump this afternoon.


La Table De Nana said...

Scones..cinnamon and stained glass.A very winning trio in my life~

katrina said...

So delighted, Nana!

Michelle said...

I could not resist getting you a bag of the mini cinnamon chips too! So fun to try out new thing and your scones looks delicious!

The stained glass window is gorgeous and Snoops is adorable!

katrina said...

Thank you again for your wonderful present, Michelle! What a treat - and these scones came out perfect; they were really tender and just the right amount of sweet & cinnamon.
Love that Snooper! He's a true gent - except when he starts following his nose:)

Martha said...

Tasty scones and a beautiful window!

Barb said...

Those scones look so good! (You could just post all your food photos on the 365 Project - everyone of them will make all of Flikr drool!) I think I will have to order some mini cini-chips from KA now,

Which reminds me of another questions I would like to ask: are you a self-taught photographer or have you taken classes? I think your photos are so wonderful - just curious.

katrina said...

Thanks, Martha! Glad you enjoyed not just the tasty scones, but the food for the soul.....that stained glass is even more beautiful in person.

katrina said...

Thanks for the compliments, Barb! Never taken classes, but Ive loved black and white photography , especially, since my teens. I used to shoot a lot of informal portraits and developed my own pictures. But getting my first digital 5 years ago was a revelation - and it was MUCH easier than having photos developed - and cheaper. I'm amazed at the professional quality of so many food bloggers photos and still have much to learn....

Chef Fresco said...

These look amazing! cute puppy :) Happy New Year!

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

These look fabulous!! I'm going to have to go to the store to find some cinnamon chips now!

katrina said...

Thanks, Michael and Jessi - and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

katrina said...

You'll love 'em, Sinful! And I'M going to try your praline recipe!

Sophie said...

Waw,...what georgous cinnamon scones, my dear friend!

Just pure indulgence!

katrina said...

Thanks, Sophie! These guys are dangerous to have around - so it's veggies and soup for a couple days:)

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