Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Maple Bacon Scones

I wanted to try something a little new this weekend. Don't worry, it was still bread related. I'm still perfecting my bread baking abilities. But, this recipe turned out to be really easy and delicious. I bet it will make the perfect Mother's Day Brunch!

While I was looking around for something new - and especially tasty - I found this recipe for Maple Bacon Scones on the King Arthur Flour site. My husband also bought me two bags of king arthur on Saturday to do a taste test. Is it really better? Well, I am not certain. I have to continue my taste testing.

I will say that these maple bacon scones were simply wonderful. They have just the right amount of sweetness and just the right amount of maple flavor to complement the saltiness of the bacon.

One of the best parts is that the base dough is delicious and you can use the recipe as a framework for any alternate filling if bacon is not your thing (my father requested cranberries, my neighbor requested blueberries). As it is, I didn't follow the recipe exactly anyway, which really shouldn't be a surprise. So, now you have two frameworks to review, my recipe below or the King Arthur Flour recipe!

Batter/Dough Ingredients:
3 c. all purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. cold butter (sliced into half tablespoons)
5 tbsp. real maple syrup
1 large egg
1/2 c. cold milk
8 oz. cooked bacon (1/4" bits)

Glaze Ingredients:
1 tbsp cream
2 tbsp sugar

1. In a mixing bowl (either mechanical, manual, or the breadmaker), mix all of the dry ingredients and then add the butter a pat at a time. Keep mixing until the mixture is crumbly, it doesn't have to be perfectly uniform because it will mix better as you knead in the liquid ingredients.

2. Beat the egg and cold milk together and whisk in the maple syrup. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry mixture from above.

3. Drop in the bacon bits.

4. Knead until consistent. You want everything moist, uniformity is not required.

5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Move the dough to the baking sheet and pat or roll out to 5/8" thickness. Rolling it into a rectangle or square helps to form your triangle scones. But you can just do your best to cut triangles from whatever shape your dough ends up. The King Arthur blog recommends cutting the dough into 3" squares and then diagonally cutting bisecting them into triangles.

6. Once you've cut your scones and arranged them on the baking sheet, place the baking sheet into the freezer for 30 minutes. Yes, the freezer.

7. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees F.

8. When the scones are cooled, paint the scones with cream and dust with sugar.

9. Bake for 18 minutes.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Montage: Discussion Board - Foster Month

May is National Foster Care Month, which just seems to fit right in with our heart strings for orphan care and adoption. We are dedicated to making an impact (however small) on orphan care - by hosting periodic discussion boards, distributing adoption grants, partnering with adoptive families for fundraising, and working with like minded organizations like the Sparrow Fund and New Day Foster Home.

I always wondered about international adoptions. I know so many people who have adopted internationally, but I don't know many people who have adopted domestically. And, here was this article about "Abandoning Children in Foster Care" stating that 23,000 children were legally emancipated from foster care in 2012.

That's 23,000 kids - now legally declared adults - who age out of the system. They have no built in support structure, nowhere to go during the holidays, no parents to call after a tough day - it just seems like a recipe for sadness. And, according to the chart below, it looks to be the case.
What are your thoughts? Do we extend foster care to 21 years old? How do we increase the number of domestic adoption?
Click on the picture below or this link to read the full article! Leave your thoughts on facebook or right here in a comment on the blog.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fantastic Friday: 5000th Fan Sale

This is a Flash Sale! :) But, you have until Monday morning to place your orders!!

*A Little Fine Print - This coupon code will not apply to the Scarlet Scraps jewelry collection as the proceeds of these sales go to our Adoption Grant Fund.