So, I had no idea what this first fun find was until my British friend told me. I guess women of past ages made this from a tea strainer. They would soak cotton balls in perfume and place them in the container and then put them somewhere where they could catch a whiff when they walked by. Too cute, huh?
The first picture in the second row shows a yarn feather. I’ve made these myself but gave them away. So this was a fun find for me, to me.
But I think my favorite were these flavored extracts. Look at all of them! Was this a great find or not?
These are actually fun to make because you can change them up so easily. Here’s a link to another good recipe.
So I had to try some scones and use the cinnamon extract. They were wonderful. I’ve included the recipe if you decide to try them.
Here is my scone recipe:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 cup of whatever dried fruit you want (raisins, cranberries, dates etc.)
1/4 cup. mini semi-sweet choco chips. (I always substitute something like orange peel, lemon peel, or lime peel.
1 1/4 cups whipping cream.
If you use any extract keep it to a minimum or perhaps cut back just a tad on the cream. If I haven’t had enough cream I have substituted half and half but I’ve never made them with only half and half. Might work.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bow. Blend well. Add the fun stuff. Pour cream into dry ingredients only until sticky dough is formed. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead ONLY 8- 10 times. This is important.
Pat dough into a 1/2 to 3/4 inch circle or square and cut into wedges. Place them one inch apart on parchment- lined baking sheet. Brush with egg whites or additional cream if you want. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden and springy to touch.
I’ve used dozens of combinations of add-ins. Lavender and lime peel are great. Chopped orange peel and nuts are good. Chopped ginger and nuts. Cranberry-raisin blend. Pretty much anything goes.
Another tip: make sure your oven is preheated to 425. They bake better that way.
You can also make up the dough and freeze before baking. And you can freeze after baking. It’s a great gift.
God bless and have a great day.