Good Morning! I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July…and continue to enjoy the last few hours of this long weekend. I traveled home to WI for a day with my family. I also started another project. Have you heard the song by Miranda Lambert, “The House that Built Me”? If you haven’t, take a listen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQYNM6SjD_o). Watch out…it can be a tear-jerker! That song was the inspiration behind the project. I have a tendency to get wrapped up in work, traveling, and our life in Iowa. Ryan once looked at me and said, “Don’t forget where you came from.” And with that…I decided to create a reminder. This weekend, I began photoing people, places, and things that remind me of my childhood. Once I get the collection together, I will create an album to look back on and someday, share with my children. As this album comes together, I will share bits and pieces with you! This first two “things” I will share with you, are tools I used to put this recipe together on Saturday morning in my Mom’s kitchen….the kitchen I grew up in. 🙂
This is a spoon…obviously. But it is not just ANY spoon. When the recipe instructions said to, “Spoon a heaped 1/2 teaspoon of jam into each indentation”, I reached into my Mom’s drawer and found this spoon…the spoon she fed me baby food with as a child. I loved this spoon. I remember pulling it out as a teenager and eating my ice cream with it…just because.
And this…is a cookie cutter. Ha! As I was reading the recipe, with all of my ingredients spread out on the kitchen island, I saw this line, “Special equipment: a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter.” For a quick second, I panicked. I realized I hadn’t purchased a cookie cutter. Then suddenly the light bulb went on….my mom has cookie cutters! The ones we used to make Christmas Cookies when we were little! And there is was…a heart. Sure…it wasn’t quite 3 inches in diameter…but it was close. And more importantly, it was special. In fact, when I got home from WI yesterday, I started looking for cookies cutters at Target and realized…I don’t want the “new and improved” cutters…I want cookie cutters just like my Mom’s. I’ll keep looking…
And with that….Strawberry & Rosemary Scones. Another great recipe by Giada. Before I left for WI, I realized that my rosemary was growing out of control. I needed to come up with some recipes to utilize this amazing herb ASAP. And since I have this late craving for breakfast pastries and iced mochas, I thought this would be a nice treat. I threw some rosemary in a plastic sandwich bag and took it home with me. If you have a rosemary plant, feel free to harvest some, throw it in a plastic sandwich bag and keep it in the refrigerator. It stores beautifully!
STRAWBERRY & ROSEMARY SCONES
Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis
- Servings: 14 scones
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup strawberry jam
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, from 1 large lemon
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons water
For the scones: Place an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor (or with a hand-mixer), pulse together the flour, sugar, baking powder, rosemary, salt, and butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Gradually stir in the cream until the mixture forms a dough.
For the glaze: In a medium bowl, mix together the lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Gradually add the water until the mixture is thin enough to spread.
My brother-in-law reminded me that these “scones” don’t look like traditional scones…and he is right. But I don’t know…I think the hearts are kind of “sensuous”, as my dad would say. They are also….delicious. Thanks Giada!
Indulge. In Life. In Love. In Food.