Blackberry Lemon Scones

 

Blackberry Lemon SconesScones are a wonderful breakfast treat. You can make them ahead of time for a lovely Christmas brunch.  Served hot from the oven with melted butter and they are fantastic with a large pot of coffee or a hot cup of tea.  This recipe can be used with dried cranberries and orange zest, golden raisins, or fresh berries during the peak of their season.

I like my scones with butter, but you can also sweeten them up with a powdered sugar glaze. Feel free to experiment with different fruit combinations and citrus zest.

Enjoy! and Merry Christmas!

Blackberry Lemon Scones

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 T sugar
5 T cold unsalted butter cut into chunks
1 cup fresh blackberries or dried fruit
1 cup heavy cream, plus a little extra to brush the scones with before baking
1 tsp fresh grated lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 F
Sift together all the dry ingredients.
With a fork or pastry cutter, cut in the butter until the mixture is like coarse corn meal.
Gently fold in the blackberries and lemon zest into the dry mixture.
Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and add in the heavy cream and vanilla.
Fold all the ingredients together gently. Don’t over work the mixture.
Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 12 X 3 rectangle about 1 1/2 inches thick.
Cut the rectangle into 4 smaller rectangles.
Cut each smaller rectangle in half on the diagonal to create the traditional triangle scone.
Place the scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Lightly brush each scone with heavy cream.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.

 

 

Roasted Green Tomato Salsa

Green tomatoes from the garden

Our first freeze of the season caught us with six pounds of green tomatoes.  These beauties are fantastic when roasted on the grill and made into green tomato salsa.  I also like to can the roasted green tomatoes after being blended in the food processor.  I find this is simpler and lends itself to many other recipes like roasted green tomato tortilla soup.

First place your green tomatoes on the grill and roast until nicely charred.  I have a grill pan that works great for this job.  You can also roast the tomatoes in the oven if you don’t have a grill.

Roasted Green TomatoesAfter roasting the green tomatoes, blend them up in a food processor or blender.

Add fresh cilantro, garlic, jalapeno and onion.  I like to roast the onion to give it that wonderful sweet caramelized flavor.  Blend until smooth and add salt to taste.

That’s it.  Serve with tostadas or over cream cheese with crackers.  It is a fantastic appetizer and brings such a bright freshness to any meal.

What a great way to put a wonderful harvest of green tomatoes to good use.

Enjoy!

 

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