Quick + Easy Scones

Hi blog readers! It’s been a while AGAIN. Our sincerest apologies.

So. Scones. I don’t know about you but I am an afternoon tea aficionado. I have been at Claridges, the Empress Hotel in Victoria, the Drake in Chicago and the Garden Court here in San Francisco. I absolutely adore afternoon tea. It makes me feel like I am Lady Mary, about to go meet my dashing race car-driving husband or follow the hunt in some utterly fabulous clothes. Simply put, I feel like a queen.

The most important part of afternoon (other than the tea) is the scones. Taken with lemon curd and clotted cream, they are divine. I recently hosted (along with Michal) a petite afternoon tea with some friends. Because clotted cream is incredibly annoying to make, I made whipped cream instead. Michal made some incredible lemon curd, and I made these. The group made quite a refined trio.

I will be posting more from the tea party soon, but let’s start with these scones.

Zuni Cafe Scones 

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ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 stick of butter (VERY VERY COLD)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon freshly grated orange zest (optional)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup whole milk

directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients. Continue cutting until you achieve tiny pea size butter chunks.
  4. Whisk together egg yolk and milk, and add to the bowl.
  5. Stir to combine, then knead with your hands until the dough comes together.
  6. Roll dough out with a rolling pin, and cut into triangles.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, then let cool for 5 minutes on the pan.
  8. Enjoy! These are best warm and make a great breakfast if you have leftovers 🙂

 

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Fail-safe chocolate chip cookies

Hello blogosphere! Today I bring you one of the most popular recipes ever. A google search brings up about 26,600,000 results. It is a quintessential American recipe and is considered the ultimate comfort food. I’m talking about the chocolate chip cookie.

Ruth Graves Wakefield published the first chocolate chip cookie recipe in 1936. She owned the Toll House Inn in Whitman, MA, and allegedly discovered chocolate chip cookies by accident, when she added chocolate chips to a drop cookie recipe, intending to make chocolate cookies.

Chocolate chip cookies have been a staple in the Thordal house for as long as I can remember, almost as long as we have received the New York Times. So it makes sense that our cookie recipe would originate from the newspaper. However, we have deviated from that recipe a bit (the cookies in the images below use mini chocolate chips and whole wheat flour).

We always use the thick-and-gooey version of this three part recipe, however here is the thin-and-crisp version as well as the flat-and-chewy variety.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 8 ounces butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups bittersweet chopped chocolate or chocolate chips

Chocolate Chip Cookies (inspired by NY Times)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with a Silpat or parchment powder. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a mixer fitted with a paddle, cream the butter and sugars until fluffy, 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla. Add the flour mixture all at once and blend until a dough forms. Fold in the chocolate. Chill the dough for several hours (preferably overnight.)
  3. Roll tablespoons of dough into rough spheres (for thick cookies, make as tall as possible). Bake for 8-10 minutes, switching the sheets halfway. Let sit for 5 minutes on cookie sheets, then transfer to cooling racks.
  4. Enjoy warm with a glass of milk!

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Modern Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Listen up folks, today we have something you are NOT expecting…crustless pie! You heard me right, a CRUSTLESS pie! The most important part of the pumpkin pie is the filling, so the more the filling, the merrier! Right? Why not have the whole pie be filling! Be prepared to eat the pie right out of the pan, maybe the whole thing;)

October is a month of pumpkins, scarfs, slippers, and all things fall! So this month, we are going to try to do a pumpkin showcase! Bere with us, we will do our best with Pumpkin Month! We are so excited, so let the pumpkin-filled games begin!

This pie is super fun and modern! I thought it was going to be much harder, but it was surprisingly easy! Make this pie if you are craving a delicious, sweet, flavor-filled treat!

Pictures to come!

This pie is adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction’s The Great Pumpkin Pie

Recipe:

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pumpkin puree (15oz)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • dash of ground pepper (⅛ teaspoon)
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup of milk

 

Directions:

 

  1. FOR OPTIONAL PIE CRUST LEAVES: Follow Martha Stewart’s pie crust, but do not roll out crust yet.
  2. Whisk the pumpkin, eggs, and brown sugar together. Make sure the mixture is combined before adding the salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, pepper, cream, and milk. Whisk until everything is combined.
  3. OPTIONAL PIE CRUST LEAVES: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll out the crust into any shape. Using leaf pie cutters, cut out the leaves. Place the leaves onto a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Pour the pie filling into a pre-sprayed glass pie pan. Pour the filling so it is about ¾ full. Bake the pie for 50-55 minutes, it is okay if the center is still wobbly. Let cool and decorate with pie crust leaves. Store in fridge and enjoy!