Blueberry scones

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I enjoy a hot cup of green tea each morning.  So, I am constantly in search for a great pastry to pair with it.  Usually a scone or muffin would be a perfect match.  Yet, only the kind smothered with sugar or thick glaze are found in most coffee shops nowadays.

There is something irresistable about a scone or muffin filled with plumped fruits such as blueberries or dried cherries.  Sometimes, a chocolate chip scone can be be the right fix since the sweetness of the chocolate chip (especially with a warm scones) would complement a green tea.

Blueberry scones (source: Tyler florence)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut in chunks
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing the scones

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Sift together the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using 2 forks or a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Fold the blueberries into the batter. Take care not to mash or bruise the blueberries because their strong color will bleed into the dough. Make a well in the center and pour in the heavy cream. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overwork the dough.

Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12 by 3 by 1 1/4 inches. Cut the rectangle in 1/2 then cut the pieces in 1/2 again, giving you 4 (3-inch) squares. Cut the squares in 1/2 on a diagonal to give you the classic triangle shape. Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush the tops with a little heavy cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until beautiful and brown. Let the scones cool a bit before you apply the glaze.


Decorated sugar cookies

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What birthday girl would not want her first birthday to be all about her?  So, have these treats be monogrammed with her name or initials.  These delicious sugar cookies were iced with a glaze and detailed with royal icing.  I prefer the taste of glaze so I will use that primarily form here on.  But, royal icing does stay put so the detailing would stand out.  I also sprinkled on some disco dust with glimmer and sparkle.  After all, us girls love anything that sparkles (no matter what birthday we are celebrating…hint hint).

Sprinkle of disco dust is a red cherry on top of a great dessert!