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Orange and Nutmeg-Scented Brown Sugar Bread Pudding with Melted Brie and Sugared Cranberries

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Orange and Nutmeg-Scented Brown Sugar Bread Pudding with Melted Brie and Sugared Cranberries

If you saw my post last Friday, I don’t want to make matters worse by confusing the issue even more… (more…)

Christmas Morning Scones {aka Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg, and Rosemary-Scented Scones}

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Christmas Morning Scones {aka Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg, and Rosemary-Scented Scones}

Whatever you do, DO NOT make these scones.

I made them, tasted them, and did a double take. (Oh my God, they are the best scones. Ever.) I may have had to sit down and I’m pretty sure my eyes rolled back in my head a little.

I thought it was a fluke, so I made them again and invited a bunch of ladies over. And everyone who’s had them has told me that they’re the best scones they’ve ever had. (Totally blushing here, but hey, they said it so I had to share, lol.)

Which sounds great, right?

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(I’m telling you, no matter how much you want to, don’t go make them!)

The problem is that these scones then become the standard by which all future scones are judged. Your taste buds will be tainted the same way that mine are. These scones will wreck it for all the other decent scones out there, making you think a sufficiently good scone just isn’t worth it (not the time, not the effort, not the money, and not even the flour that went into making it). You will want Christmas Morning Scones all the time, whether it’s Christmas morning or not.

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Which normally wouldn’t be a problem (I’m not afraid to whip up a batch of scones on a random Thursday afternoon), but they are for Christmas morning; they’re special, if you will, and sacred in a way.

I asked everyone who tried these scones how they’d describe them, but I think my 11-year-old niece said it best: “It’s like you came up with the flavor of Christmas.” (Ha! That, my dear, is exactly what I was going for. ;) )

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So, on the off chance that you don’t heed my advice and you decide to go ahead and make these, first of all, know that you will never be the same. But also take note that you can make the dough the night before and bake them off in the morning.

And on Christmas morning there is nothing that will make your house smell more like Christmas morning than these scones.

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Christmas Morning Scones {aka Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg, and Rosemary-Scented Scones}

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 large scones

Christmas Morning Scones {aka Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg, and Rosemary-Scented Scones}

Ingredients

    Scones:
  • 2 1/2 cups (320 g) all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons (75 g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened dried cranberries, chopped small
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 6 tablespoons (80 g) unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • 1 cup (237 ml) half and half (or milk or cream), plus 2 tablespoons more for brushing on top
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup (115 g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • Other Toppings (optional):
  • Unsweetened dried cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F; line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, dried cranberries, and rosemary in a large bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter with a fork or using two butter knives until it looks like coarse meal. Whisk together the half and half and vanilla bean paste, and stir it into the flour mixture. (The dough should come together, but not be too wet.)
  4. Shape the dough into a ball, then flatten it into a disk; wrap it in plastic wrap and chill 10 minutes in the freezer.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll or press the dough out to a circle about 7 to 8 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick. Cut the circle of dough into 8 equal wedges.
  6. Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet, lightly brush the tops with a little half and half (or milk), and bake until puffed and light golden brown on top and bottom, about 14 to 16 minutes. Cool completely.
  7. Once cooled, whisk together all ingredients for the glaze, adding the water a little at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. Dip the tops of the scones into the glaze, letting it run down the sides; sprinkle a few dried cranberries and rosemary leaves on top, if desired. Place the scones onto a wire rack and let the glaze set completely before serving.

Notes

Make Ahead: You can make the dough the night before; instead of chilling it in the freezer for 10 minutes, wrap it up and refrigerate it overnight. Bake the scones straight from the fridge the morning you want to serve them.

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Salted Butterscotch Oat Bars

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Salted Butterscotch Oat Bars

I remember going to Christmas cookie exchange parties with my mom when I was pretty young.

I’ll admit, other than the cookies (of course) it was a pretty boring affair. I always enjoyed the loot that we went home with though; it was fun to get to sample a variety of things without actually having to make 20 different recipes. (more…)

Herbed Roquefort-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Apple Glaze and Salad Greens

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Thank you to Lactalis for sponsoring this post. I am happy for the opportunity to share brands that I believe in with my readers, and I hope you enjoy my recipe for Herbed Roquefort-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Apple Glaze.

Elegantly Rustic Christmas Eve Dinner Spread

I have two favorite meals all year: Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinner. As much as I love the traditional turkey dinner we serve on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve is what I really look forward to all year long. (more…)

Skinny Vanilla-Peppermint Mocha Lattes {And a Chocolate Giveaway!}

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Skinny Vanilla-Peppermint Mocha Lattes

Chilly afternoons in December call for festive homemade lattes the way birthdays call for cake.

They just go. (more…)

Individual Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Individual Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes

When I have kids I want to be that mom.

The mom who effortlessly has perfect hair, and never embarrasses her kids in front of other people (ha!). (more…)

Low-Carb Herbed Cauliflower “Rice” with Pine Nuts {Paleo}

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Low-Carb Herbed Cauliflower “Rice” with Pine Nuts {Paleo}

I know, I know…

‘Tis the season for festive foods…and festive typically leans more toward the side of indulgent descriptions like gooey, buttery, or chocolatey. So what’s the deal with this low-carb dish? (more…)

Iced Peanut Butter Christmas Tree Cookies

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Iced Peanut Butter Christmas Tree Cookies

I’ve never really considered myself a baker.

There are certain baked goods (like apple pie for Thanksgiving and cut-out cookies for Christmas) that I steer clear of altogether because I know my mom will make them when the time comes. (more…)

Paleo Roast Chicken Ratatouille {For Everyday Maven’s Virtual Baby Shower!}

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Roast Chicken Ratatouille {Paleo}

There is definitely something to be said for meals that come together in 20 minutes or less, and on the opposite side of the spectrum, meals that slow-cook themselves to perfection in a crockpot.

Both require minimal hands-on effort, but still result in something that not only nourishes our families, but also brings them together. (more…)

Easy Mocha Fudge with Cacao Nibs

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Easy Mocha Fudge with Cacao Nibs

Last summer when Mike and I were leaving Kuwait to move back home, I was trying to use up everything I possibly could from our pantry. (more…)

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