Sep. 20

 

FOODIE FRIDAY: My Secret Scone Recipe

by Lynn Byrne

My scones, photographed by Sarah Sarna, before they were all gone!

My scones, photographed by Sarah Sarna, before they were all gone!

Last summer when I hosted blogger buddies Young, Audrey, Sarah and Jennifer at my Montauk house, I served them fresh berries and homemade scones for breakfast on the deck.  I was delighted when they praised the scones.  Ok–they inhaled them. :-)

I promised the recipe.  Drumroll please,  for the great secret.  I make the scones from a mix!!  

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But there is a trick–I do not follow the instructions on the box. They are still a snap to put together, however, and here is how I do it.

LYNN’S RAISIN SCONES

Ingredients

1 box of King Arthur Flour’s Cream Tea Scone Mix.  (Important: follow this recipe and not the one on the box!) You can buy the mix on the King Arthur website.

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup raisins (I like to use a mix of golden raisins and dark raisins when I have both on hand)

sugar for sprinkling on top

Method

scone mix in bowl

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a baking sheet.

2. Whisk cream and egg in a medium size bowl with a fork.  Mix in the scone mix with a fork, until moistened. Use the fork to stir in the raisins.

3. Turn the dough out onto the cookie sheet. Dough will be thick and there maybe some dry bits. If necessary, gently knead in any dry bits once or twice. Don’t over knead or scones will be tough.

4. Shape the dough into a 9 inch circle.  Cut the circle into 8 wedges.  Sprinkle the top with sugar.

5. Bake 16 to 18 minutes, until the scones are a light golden brown.

6. Allow to cool and enjoy!

I do think tea and scones in the Downton Abbey kitchen would be just perfect!  And I am lusting over all of Mrs. Patmore’s copper cookware.

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First image from Sarah Sarna’s Instagram–be sure you are following her!  Other food images, my own. Kitchen image.

Aug. 02

 

HAMPTON DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE: Family Room by Sherrill Canet

by Lynn Byrne

Family Room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

Family Room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

It is wonderful serendipity when you forge a friendship very quickly and purely by chance. That is what happened with Carla.

Carla stood next to me on a long line to check in at the  2012 Design Bloggers Conference and, then, the next morning we just happened to plunk our stuff down next to each other in the large room for the panels.  By the end of the conference we were fast friends.

I haven’t seen Carla since–she is currently living in Thailand with her son and State Department employed husband, but we keep up with each other via social media.  (One example where it truly functions as it should).  Carla has lived all over the world.  Currently, her Facebook feed is littered with fabulous images of Thailand’s gorgeous spas and markets. Recently there was a picture of her atop an elephant.

So what does all this have to do with Sherrill Canet’s gorgeous family room in the Hampton Designer Showhouse?

When Sherrill told me she collected all of the mirrors on the focal wall in a souk in Morocco, I immediately knew this was a room Carla would love.  I have never been to Carla’s home, but I know she would have bought those mirrors too—and she would display them with flair, just like Sherrill.

Moroccan mirrors collected by Sherrill Canet for her family room in the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph by Lynn Byrne

Moroccan mirrors collected by Sherrill Canet for her family room in the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph by Lynn Byrne

So Carla, this one’s for you.

Family room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

Family room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

Family Room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

Family Room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

Family room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph by Lynn Byrne.

Family room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph by Lynn Byrne.

Family Room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

Family Room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

Family Room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

Family Room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

Sherrill partnered with Pearson Furniture and Textiles for her room.  Her choice of ikat (you do know it’s pronouced E-kat, right?) adds to the global feel, as does the small moroccan table and python covered stools.  The overall effect is a space that feels like home to the sophisticated traveler.

Perfect for Carla.

Come back for more of  the Hampton Designer Showhouse.   Earlier posts showed  the outdoor porches by Bryant Keller, Ken Gemes and Kim E. Courtney Interiors & Design, Lillian August’s dining room,   Brian del Toro’s living room,  Celerie Kemble’s master bedroom and Michael Herold’s entry foyer.

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The Hampton Designer Showhouse has been a summer must-see out on the east end of Long Island for the past 13  years.  Always filled with creative design ideas, the Showhouse never disappoints and this year is no exception.

For the past 10 years, proceeds from the Showhouse have benefitted Southampton Hospital, a critical institution for all of those who vacation here or  call the Hamptons home.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been to their emergency room with one of the boys, or someone else in our family.  It is vital  here to support the hospital and I hope anyone who visits the Hamptons this summer makes a point to see the Showhouse in person.  It will be open until September 2.

I have been covering the Showhouse for the past several years (see past years’ posts herehere, here here  and here), but this year is the first time I  had the treat to see the Showhouse on its opening day, at the gala party.  I met most of the designers and many have sent me some professional photos to share with you.  Plus, I had more than an hour before the gala started to snap some great pictures of my own, so please visit regularly this summer as I cover my favorite rooms.

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