Cheddar Cheese Scones

My week so far has consisted of eating dismal salads for lunch since I am too tired to make anything else remotely interesting yet still healthy. I’m planning on spending the weekend looking up better healthy things I can make. PLEASE let me know if you have any ideas! Now that summer is almost over 😦 I am desperate to not get stuck in a rut of routinely making boring food. Speaking of routines, every Tuesday I do a spinning class and last night we had a different instructor that normal and it was the hardest class of my life! I am concerned for my walking abilities today, but I guess that being in pain after a workout is the point…

To lessen my pain, I’ve been drooling over these pictures of Cheddar Scones I made with my mom recently. I am a big scone fan but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered my adoration for savory flavors as well. My mom makes scones using yogurt, which makes them really soft and creamy. The freshly grated cheddar makes them full of cheesy goodness, especially when eaten warm with butter. Yum.

Cheddar Scones

  • 1 ½ C.unbleached white flour
  • ½ C.whole wheat flour
  • 2 T sugar
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • 1 ½ t. baking powder
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 4 T. cold butter
  • ½ C.freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • grated orange rind
  • 2/3 C. yogurt (you can also use buttermilk)
  • Milk for basting

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Lightly oil baking sheet
  • In large bowl, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • Cut butter into bits and work into mixture with fingertips
  • Stir in cheese
  • In separate bowl, beat eggs with orange rind. Beat in buttermilk or yogurt
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry just until evenly moistened
  • Turn dough onto lightly-floured surface and knead
  • Pat into circle 3/4 ” thick and cut into eighths. (you can also use a scone pan if you have one)
  • Place onto prepared baking sheet and lightly brush with milk. Bake for 13 minutes

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Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pop Tarts

 

The weather wasn’t great this weekend, but it ended up being a good thing since I got to do a lot of baking, trying recipes out that I had wanted to for a while. Pop Tarts have always been one of my guilty pleasures. Junk food was basically banned in my house growing up and I have a lot of memories going over to my friend’s house down the street being able to eat snacks like Pop Tarts. Even in college I would buy the cinnamon sugar version for myself when I was stressed (although I am not recommending stress eating, even though I do it!). I always liked the cinnamon sugar Pop Tarts the best, finding the fruity flavors too artificial tasting, although most people look at me like I’m crazy when I say that.

On Sunday I went over to my friend Madeline’s apartment in West Harlem to bake. Her apartment is seriously amazing!! She is such a good decorator and all the details were perfect. I want her to decorate my apartment since it’s such a disaster right now. And she is such a good baker! We had a lot of fun making these Cinnamon Sugar Pop Tarts from Smitten Kitchen. Although we agreed that the pasty didn’t have the same consistency as a real Pop Tart (it was much more buttery and flaky), and we sort of ran out of dough for regular sized tarts and had to make some mini versions, they were still delicious! I definitely want to try them again, but with a glaze over the top as well. You can get the recipe here.