TUESDAYS WITH DORIE
Here it is, July 1st already! Where has the time gone? Tuesdays with Dorie is now in its 7th month and 24th recipe, having started on January 1st, 2008 with just one obsessed baker (Laurie) and a few of her soulmates. TWD has now risen and puffed up like a hunk of bread dough to 213 baking fools. There were more, but they have come and gone over the months. We bake every Tuesday and if you miss a few weeks as I have, you better have a darned good excuse otherwise you'll be asked to take your Kitchen Aid Mixer elsewhere. It's pretty strict, but it has to be. It's a commitment.
Speaking of Excuses....
I STILL don't have a working oven. Evidently, a 23 year old marine stove is hard to find parts for. I'll make a loooong story short, but suffice to say, I've been duped by a snake of a business man that sold me a bill of goods, knowingly gave me the wrong part for cash only, and now won't make good on it. (I even had the part number, serial number and model number AND a picture!) I'm upset beyond belief that someone in business can take advantage of a woman's need for her oven! I have a good mind to say "Screw the $75.00! Keep it and I'll order it from someone who cares!" The other alternative is to buy a new stove for $1000.00-$1200.00! YES, You read that right! $1200.00 for a marine grade stove! I could go to Best Buy and get a stove for $350.00, but it won't fit in the space or stand up to marine life and the salt air.
I WANT MY OVEN BACK!
Anyway...I've been three weeks without an oven in LADYHAWK. Our old boat, NIRVANA, was put back in the water last week. It's only 2 slips down the dock, so I've been baking like a mad woman trying to get caught up with my TWD posts. I never did get to my Daring Bakers project. However, NIRVANA will sadly be going out to the mooring with a FOR SALE sign on it in a day or two. So, that means I'll be without an oven AGAIN! It has been so very frustrating for me, a woman that used to have a 10 burner restaurant stove in her kitchen, to be reduced to tears over my easy-bake-oven. Is it too much to ask? I just want my oven back! Please, pity me, sympathize with me...I need to know someone feels my pain!
SCONES, SCONES & MORE SCONES!
Karina of The Floured Apron chose Apple Cheddar Scones for her recipe. It comes from the book Baking: From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan. For those of you that own Dorie's book already, you can find the recipe on page 32. For those that don't have the book, I'm sorry, but I can't reprint it here on my blog because of copyright policies. BUT, Karina can, sooooo, if you'll click over to her blog, you'll find the recipe APPLE CHEDDAR SCONES in all its glory!
CHERRY ALMOND SCONES
I'm not sure where Karina lives, but I had no luck finding apple cider in Rhode Island at the end of June! It's just NOT apple season right now! I couldn't find dried apples either, but I did find dried and fresh cherries! As any obsessed baker would do when the right ingredients are not available, I improvised...again! Cherries are out now and they looked gorgeous! I followed the recipe for the most part, substituting frozen concentrated apple juice straight from the can and undiluted for the cider and dried and fresh cherries for the apples. I left the cheddar cheese in, added a touch of almond extract and sugared and sliced toasted almonds. They were yum-my!
HEART-SHAPED SCONES & SHORTCAKES
I was going to pat them out and cut them into wedges and then I remembered my heart-shaped pan. Perfect! They came out nice and fluffy and smelled oh, so good! The best part? I made up a fresh fruit compote of blueberries, raspberries and fresh chopped cherries and served the scones shortcake-style with fruit and a HUGE dollop of sweetened whipped cream. I have all the pictures to prove it, except the shortcake. We had company that night and we ate them so fast. I remembered the camera AFTER they were in our bellies and by then it was way too late!
They were quick and easy even on a boat. I'll definitely make them again. Maybe in the fall when the apples and cider are in season. I'll through some cinnamon into the batter too. Ooooo, I have so many ideas running around in my head!