Friday, November 23, 2012

Eggnog Scones during that darn blurry time of year...

While some people are probably still in a turkey coma… others could be standing in some ridiculous line, excited because they just scored an awesome deal on Black Friday.  Personally I think it’s crazy that for almost a month (some would argue OVER a month) the lines between the Autumn season and upcoming Winter holidays have been blurred.  The retail world appears to be more excited for the Jolly Old Man to come than your average little boy or girl!  Personally – meh!  BUT I will say, now that Halloween is over. (guess I should take the decorations down eh?!)… BOTH North and South of the border’s Thanksgiving’s are over..AND most of the local ski hills are open... it’s got to be ok to indulge in a little festive flavor… I mean… if everyone else can do it.. why can’t I?!  Autumn.. meet Eggnog.  Pumpkin spice…you’re not going anywhere yet…  it’s just time to blur the line a little bit more.  Introducing:  Eggnog Scones. Quick-n-Easy.  Make right away, or freeze for later (tis’ the upcoming season of house guests isn’t it?!).  Eat them slightly warmed with a Pumpkin Spice Latte - I won’t judge!

Lately I just find the whole festive season stressful…even depressing.   Everywhere you go it’s busy.  People seem to be in a rush.  The weather is dreary. Seasonal events and gatherings seem to clog up the calendar.  I can totally see why snowbirds take off for the winter.  Palm Trees and tropical weather would be heaven right about now!  That said… I’m trying.  I’m trying to stay focused.  I’m working on the motto – you can’t please everyone all the time.  I’ve decided to ensure I take “me” time when required.  If I could give my own self some advice (and to anyone else out there who feels the same)… focus on what makes YOU happy, get out and enjoy your surroundings, rain or shine or even snow or hail.  Indulge a little…..
These Eggnog Scones are moist, delicate, and with addition of Belgium milk chocolate chips they seem to pack a nice little flavor punch.  Not too rich, Not too sweet.  Have one for breakfast, or maybe even a fire-side snack on a cold a dreary night….
Eggnog Scones
(Adapted from a King Flour Recipe)
·         2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
·         ¼ cup sugar
·         ¾ teaspoon salt  (I used Sea to Sky Seasonings Vanilla Sea Salt *love*)
·         1 tablespoon baking powder
·         1 teaspoon nutmeg
·         1 stick of unsalted butter (cold)
·         1 cup Belgium Milk Chocolate Chips
·         1 large egg
·         ¾ cup cold eggnog
·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         ½ teaspoon rum extract
·         2 tablespoons eggnog (set aside for brushing on just before baking)
*optional – decorating sugar & icing sugar/eggnog glaze for top decoration
-In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and nutmeg.

-Cut *COLD* butter stick into thin slices

-Put butter pieces into the flour mixture, and mix on low until incorporated, and lumps are no bigger than size of small peas

-Fold in chocolate chips

-In separate small bowl, whisk together egg, eggnog, and flavoring

-Gently fold it into the flour mixture until it has just come together.  It will be lumpy, which is ok.  (Key is to NOT over mix)

-Split dough in half, and form into 2 round disks. 

-Score or Cut disks into wedges (like a pizza)

-Wrap with plastic wrap, and chill in freezer for an hour.  (or keep in freezer to bake at another time)
-Preheat oven to 425F
-Place Scone wedges on a baking sheet, and brush each one with eggnog.  Sprinkle with decorating sugar if desired.

-Bake for about 20mins, or until tops/bottoms are golden and they are baked through
-Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
-If using, drizzle icing sugar/eggnog glaze over top of scones, add a pinch of nutmeg on top
Best when warmed a little… but really, they are good whenever!  

SO,  as we steam straight ahead into the upcoming “festive” month… let’s make sure to take some time to stop or at least slow down and take a moment.  Try to focus on what makes you happy.  Make sure your day involves doing something for yourself…. Even if it’s just for a few short minutes before your crawl into your warm bed and escape to sleep… light some candles.. turn the fire on…(bite into a warmed up eggnog scone)  and just breathe. 

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