Sunday, April 10, 2011

thank you!!

thank you for all of the well wishes for a great recital day! it was such a wonderful experience, truly the best recital i have ever given. and i just really let luce (haha) and played the music i love so much!

and i am happy to report that the food was a great success as well. my friend liz snapped pictures of it all, so i will hopefully be able to show you very soon! for now, enjoy the two preview photos of the scone bites and the tiniest little pies i have ever made. boy, were they time consuming!!

in the meantime, monica and i are still on our small hiatus, hopefully to return tomorrow (or maybe the day after... the 30x30 turning into 30x90!) and i would like to take this opportunity to revise a recipe i posted a while ago; the strawberry basil scones. the whole wheat flour was good but impossibly sticky with the addition of fresh strawberries. i decided to remake them with white flour for the reception and found that whenever adding fresh strawberries, it is best to lightly roll out the dough and scoop it up into little bite sized scones! i am not a trained professional here, so this is what i have come up with!

Strawberry Basil Scones Revised
scone base adapted from the one, the only alton brown

2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
4 tbs butter, chilled
2 tbs shortening
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped fine

-combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. cut in butter and shortening.
-whisk buttermilk and egg. slowly pour into dry ingredients and combine.
-lightly fold in strawberries and basil.
-plop dough onto a lightly floured piece of wax paper. cover with another piece of wax paper and a little flour. roll out just a little bit. scoop with tablespoon onto tray into bite sizes. they fluff up quite a bit so don't be afraid to make them small!
-bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. top with lime glaze (lime juice and zest with powdered sugar) when cooled if desired.


  1. Made the revised scones. Texture was SO good!!!

    Didn't have fresh basil, so substituted 1 Tbsp. dried chopped basil ... maybe too much ... not too much strawberry flavor.

    Didn't have fresh lime, so used lime juice without zest ... not nearly as good. We'll see what effect it has overnight.

    But basically, I'm excited to share these savory treats with my coworkers and colleagues! Huzzah!

  2. yay heather!!! i am so glad you tried them!!!! chopped basil seems to be stronger than fresh : CONFIRMED! <3 LOVE YOU