Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cherry Almond Scones


Here is a new recipe a Trinidad neighbor shared with me and it has been a big hit.

Cherry Almond Scones

For the scones:
3/4 cup dried cherries
1 cup boiling water
1 egg
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
6 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup almonds, chopped

For the cherry butter:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup cherry preserves

To start: Preheat the oven to 400˚. Grease a baking sheet or cover baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Put the dried cherries into the boiling water; set aside.

Prepare the scones: In a large bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, vanilla and almond extracts; set aside. In a food processor, blend the flour, sugar, baking powder, and butter until the mixture forms coarse crumbs. (You can also just use a simple hand held pastry blender to do this if you don't have a food processor). Drain the cherries and stir into the egg mixture. Add the crumb mixture to the egg mixture and stir until blended. Stir in the almonds. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with cherry butter.

Make the cherry butter: In a medium bowl, combine the butter and preserves. Stir until blended.

Yield: 24 scones

Friday, April 10, 2009

Trinity Alps Guest Room - Remodeled

The Trinity Alps Room is Ready for the Season!
The old wallpaper has been stripped, and the plastic mini blinds are history. New curtains and new freshly painted colors - check it out ...







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