Now, I love The Secret Recipe Club. I have discovered so many wonderful blogs and recipes and people through being a part of it. I love getting my assignment, secretly browsing it, learning about the author and finding a recipe to make (sometimes so hard to choose). This month I was assigned The Big Sweet Tooth, authored by (well, I couldn't actually find her first name, though I did search). Anyways, this gal is a full time working mom cooking for her hubby and two daughters. She is in her words "basically an indian, a keralite to be specific". Her food reflects her heritage, living in the UAE and Malabar where she lives now. It was fun "googling" some of the places she referred to, etc..and I had to google a few terms, but it was fun and I know I learned something new. Isn't it fun to learn new cultures, traditions and recipes.
Okay, here is the dilemma I faced. I received my assignment while we were on vacation and I had fun browsing recipes. Then we came home and two days later my daughter was playing in a co-ed adult league (she's 17) soccer game and was kicked hard in the ankle, resulting in a swollen leg and foot. We spent everyday driving 20 minutes to a Sports Recovery Lounge to use some amazing equipment to help her recover. Spending an hour and a half there, then driving 20 minutes back...this all after I worked for 3 hours. This didn't leave me much time to explore new recipes and many of the recipes on my assignment called for ingredients I didn't recognize and I didn't have the extra time to run into town (20-30 minutes) to find them in the stores that could possibly, but no guarantee, carry them. Soooooo.....I decided to make a recipe for Chocolate Chip Scones....I know, I know....don't judge. My own thought was, "good grief, you have a blog with an opportunity to try something you've never tried or had and you can't even make it happen". LOL. I'm sure I will still go back and make something because so many of her recipes sounded amazing and we love trying new things. I just knew the way things were going, I needed to play it safe. My hat goes off to full time working moms who can totally and completely get it all done...or maybe they don't.
The scones were awesome. The recipe she made was halved, but I decided to make a full recipe because I knew we'd eat them (we really like scones). YUM! The one thing I do not like about scones is that they can be pretty dry at times. These were not that at all. My daughter ate one this morning and we warmed it up just a bit which made it even better.
okay, enough jabbering, let's get to these scones..go make some coffee, scones and enjoy. I am posting the recipe as doubled, since that's what I did. I used half sour cream and half vanilla flavored greek yogurt because I didn't have plain yogurt.
2 c. flour
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
8 Tbs. butter, cold, cubed
1/2 c. plain yogurt, or sour cream
1 large egg
1/2 c. chocolate chips (or could use raisins, cranberries, etc.)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In the bowl of a mixer, combine first 5 ingredients.
2. Add cubed butter and using a low speed, mix until it resembles a coarse meal.
3. combine yogurt and egg.
4. Add to dry mixture and combine. Mixture may be sticky. That is okay.
5. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, pat or gently roll into a 7-8" circle, 3/4" thick. Cut into 8 triangles and place on either a greased cookie sheet or on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes (if you can wait that long). Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee, sit and enjoy!
With Joy UNquenchable,