It’s my anniversary, and I have been working around the clock lately and all I really want as a present is a nap and a break. Spent last night on the couch with a very bad dog that tried to go sleep with our guests in the middle of the night, got up before the sun to start breakfast. These are the kinds of days a little cheating is in order.
So there are some rules for cheating. The most fundimental three are,
1. Do not compromise on the localness of what you provide. Make sure whatever you are cheating with is locally produced.
2. Make certain it is all natural at the very least.
3. Make certain you are not compromising on quality.
What ally this means is, it is acceptable sometimes to turn to a high quality, all natural, locally produced mix. The ones I tend to use come from the New England based company Stonewall Kitchen. I love them, because of their quality and effort to produce from local ingredients while not compromising on naturalness.
1. 1 and a half sticks of butter
2. 3/4 cups water
4. Traditional Scone Mix by Stonewall Kitchen
5. Extra flour for kneading.
6. Vegetable oil to grease the pan
7.Half to 3/4s of a cup of Fresh Mulberries
8. 2 tea spoons Violet Extract
The process is simple, preheat the oven to 450, dump water in a large bowl, melt and dump butter in same bowl, Add violet extract, mix well. Add in your cheat mix, and mix till it reaches a nice scone consistency, wash, then semi dry mulberries and add them to the mix and mix in. Flour a cutting board and take mixed batter and knead on the floured board till a little stiff. Make batter into round ball then push it flat so it is only a couple inches in depth. Get a knife and slice it like a pizza. Take your oil, and grease your pan. Put your “pizza slices” of batter onto the tray make sure you leave a little space between each one. Bake until the top starts to brown and they have fully cooked into a bready treat.
These look so delicious I am sure they will brighten my mood, after all, those beautiful mulberries are as local and organic as the tree in back of the house. Eating stuff from my own garden and sharing stuff from my own garden with others always lifts my spirit. Now, About that nap……