I received a Tartine cookbook as a gift for my birthday and I just finished reading the whole thing. There are so many amazing recipes to try, I’m excited. I have 30 cookbooks and just over half are baking related (bread, pastry, ice … Continue reading
Remember what I said in my last post about baking more with whole wheat? Well, I’ve done it. (or at least started it). It is quite funny really… I woke up on the first and decided to be sweet and cook something for breakfast. I’m not a super huge eggs fan so I defaulted to baked goods. I rummaged through the cabinets to see what I had to work with. I usually know these things, but hey, I was gone for the holiday and forgot.
I found I had a small amount of all purpose flour and a large amount of self-rising flour (if any of you can tell me what to do with this I’m ready relieve space in my tiny cabinets). Sitting next to these was my hardly-used whole wheat flour bag. It looked so sad, all full, fat, and neglected. It’s true. I don’t use whole wheat flour much. I should but I don’t.
In order to make this little bag of flour happy I searched for something to make with pumpkin that I needed to use. I found a scone recipe and decided to give it a go. After all, the recipe swore you couldn’t tell they were made of whole wheat. Skeptical, I started the scone process. I forgot to check for butter in my wasteland of a fridge and turned up empty. I thought about attempting the Earth Balance spread but decided that stuff was too expensive to waste (just in case) and adapted the recipe using shortening. At the time, I was thinking… “a scone is like a biscuit – so I could probably substitute shortening for butter… they just won’t taste as good.” So I went for it and cut in shortening instead of butter. Mixed everything as required and sliced 8 scones. Baked ’em up fairly quick and just in time for M to arrive in the kitchen. (He slept in – and by arrived in the kitchen, I mean walked 10 steps from the bedroom to see what smelled good).
I was on my second cup of tea and decided to snap a few pictures while I had good light. All this time wondering if they were going to taste like cardboard or not. And oh the wait was finally over….