Monday, 26 January 2009

Good Morning, Sunshine!

Haven't seen the sun since '08? Investments worth less than your debt? Worried that you might be slowly being poisoned by your - job/cel phone/groceries/water/spouse/stress/air? Slow down and have a little slice of sunshine - a light and delicious lemon scone, and heed the wise words of Mr. Johnny Mercer - and accentuate the positive!
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, Johnny Mercer
You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium's
Liable to walk upon the scene
To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do just when everything looked so dark?
Man, they said "We'd better accentuate the positive"
"Eliminate the negative"
"And latch on to the affirmative"
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
No! Don't mess with Mister In-Between!

Give Aretha a listen and sing along! Spread a little sunshine today.

from The Bread Bible by Beth Hensperger
makes 8 scones

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tblsp sugar1 tblsp baking powder
grated zest of 2 lemons
1/4 tsp salt
4 tblsp (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 large eggs
1/2 cups cold heavy cream
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon mixed with 2 tblsp sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
or make a glaze with a little lemon juice mixed with icing sugar, and glaze cool scones

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease or parchment-line a baking sheet. In a medium bowl using a whisk or electric mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt. Using a for or electric mixer, cut in the butter. The mixture will resemble coarse crumbs. In a small bowl or 1-cup measure, whisk together the eggs and cream. Add to the dry ingredients, stirring just until a shaggy, sticky dough is formed.

2. Turn the shaggy dough out on a lightly floured work surface and knead gently, about 6 times, just until the dough holds together. Divide into 2 equal portions and pat each into a 1-inch-thick round about 6 inches in diameter. Using a knife or straight edge, cut each round into quarters, making 4 wedges. The scones can also be formed by cutting out with a 3-inch biscuit cutter to make 10-12 smaller scones.

3. Place the scones about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with the cinnamon sugar , if desired. Place the baking sheet on a rack in the center of the oven and bake 15-to 20 minutes, or until crusty and golden brown. Serve immediately.