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.

Sep. 18

 

Design Dictionary: Mortise and Tenon Joinery

by Lynn Byrne

Fireplace mantle with mortise and tenon joints

Fireplace mantle with mortise and tenon joints

“If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.”

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates –

Joinery, or how furniture is put together, may not be a sexy subject, but it is an important one.  Recognizing the type of joinery on a piece of furniture can help you spot quality furniture and even identify an antique. This edition of Design Dictionary will focus on  mortise and tenon construction.

MORTISE AND TENON: Hole or slot in wood, into which the tenon or tongue fits.  A means of joinery that has been around for thousands of years and is still used today.  Common in 17th century furniture, Asian furniture and Craftsman furniture.  Fun fact: Stonhenge was constructed using mortise and tenon joints.

Mortise and tenon joint

Mortise and tenon joint

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Porch swing constructed with mortise and tenon joints

 

 

Antique Asian side table. Note mortise and tenon construction in legs

Antique Asian side table. Note mortise and tenon construction in legs

Antique Asian Hand-Hewn Stool with Mortise and Tenon Construction Throughout

Antique Asian hand-hewn stool with mortise and tenon construction throughout

 

Armchair joined with mortise and tenon joints, 1650–1700 Essex County, Massachusetts

Armchair joined with mortise and tenon joints, 1650–1700
Essex County, Massachusetts

 

Chair by Gustav Stickley (1902) with mortise and tenon joints seen easily at base

Chair by Gustav Stickley (1902) with mortise and tenon joints seen easily at base

 

Arts and Crafts print in a classic mortise and tenon frame

Arts and Crafts print in a classic mortise and tenon frame

Stonehenge with mortise and tenon construction

Stonehenge with mortise and tenon construction

The next edition of Design Dictionary will cover a dovetail joint, which came into use around 1700.

Photo credits: Mantle  Mortise and Tenon line drawing.   Porch swing  17th century armchair  Asian side table   Asian stool  Stickley chair  Print  Stonehenge

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