Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Anna Sultana’s Pumpkin Scones, Pumpkin Recipe Links and the Full Flower Moon

A week ago, in honour of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan, I posted the recipes for No knead Orange Scones and Clotted Cream.

We’re so glad the weather was good, the wedding went smoothly and everyone had a brilliant time.
Ah… royalty and marriages. What’s not to love?

Another thing to love is another pumpkin recipe.
Pumpkin is a staple ingredient in Maltese cooking, so of course it found it’s way into a scone recipe.
Just think - 
the scone is a starch
the pumpkin is a fruit 
the egg is a protein
the cream is a dairy

This recipe has something from each of the four major food groups!

Yes, a pumpkin is a fruit.
It has seeds, just like a tomato.
Yes, a tomato is a fruit, too.
It’s so good to learn something new every day!


Are you a pumpkin lover, too? Here are a few more old favourites:


Desserts






Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins - Margaret Ullrich

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars - Margaret Ullrich

Soups


Anna Sultana's Pumpkin Soup, Maltese Style, 
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Pie Spice


Anna Sultana's Kawlata - Vegetable Soup with Meat, Maltese Style

Anna Sultana's Kawlata #2 - Vegetable Soup with Meat, Maltese Style


Anna Sultana's Minestra tal-Haxix #2 - Vegetable Soup, Maltese Style

Anna Sultana's Soppa tal Kirxa - Tripe Soup, Maltese Style


Hints:

If you don’t want to serve these scones with butter or clotted cream, you can also drizzle a simple glaze over the scones.

                                                Glaze 

Combine in a small bowl
!/4 Cup confectioners’ sugar
3 Tablespoons lemon juice or water (more or less)
Drizzle over the scones.

Of course, they are also good plain.


                           Pumpkin Scones
                       
Grease a large cookie pan         
Preheat oven to 425º F        

Makes 8 scones

In a large mixer bowl mix together
2 1/2 Cups flour
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves

Make a well in the centre and add
2 Tablespoons butter, melted 
1 Egg, slightly beaten
1 Cup canned pumpkin
Mix well.
Add
1/8 Cup milk
Stir enough to combine.
Add more milk (about 1/8 Cup milk) to make a soft, but not sticky, dough.
Turn out dough on a floured surface and knead gently.
Pat dough into an oblong, about 1 inch thick.
With a floured knife cut into 8 rectangles.
Place scones on prepared sheet.
Bake 20 minutes
Serve warm with butter or clotted cream (or see hints)


About the sky, thanks to the folks at The Farmers' Almanac…

May 29 - Full Flower Moon, 10:29 a.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days. May’s full Moon is called the Full Flower Moon.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Anna Sultana’s No knead Orange Scones and Clotted Cream

Goodness, time just flies!
Has it really been about seven years since we baked a batch of Ma's Orange Cranberry Scones to enjoy while we watched Prince William and Kate Middleton get married?
Now we’ll be able to see his brother, Prince Harry, and his lovely fiancé stroll down the aisle.
I can’t wait to see what Meghan will wear!

During William and Kate’s wedding one of the TV announcers mentioned how folks in Merry Old England were sitting down to a brekkie of tea and scones, too.

In keeping with the situation, I plan to bake scones to serve with Twinings English Breakfast tea.
Tradition is important, after all.

Scones are very easy to make.
As it is a British recipe, we Maltese make them, too, using an assortment of fruits and juices, as well as milk and cream.
Want to serve a variety? Try one or two or all of these recipes:

All would be delicious with a cup of tea… or a Cosmopolitan or two. 


To do it up in a right proper, veddy British way, the scones should be served with clotted cream, which is also called Devonshire or Cornish cream.
Clotted cream has a nutty, cooked milk flavour and as much fat as butter.
It is a thick cream made by heating cow's milk and then letting it cool slowly so that the cream rises to the surface and forms "clots”. 

The Clotted Cream will keep for about a week in your fridge and can be added to mashed potatoes, risotto or scrambled eggs.
It is also delicious with berries, fruit, a slice of pie, or as a topping on any dessert you’re serving.
Well, just about any dessert... probably not on an iced cake.


Hints:

About the clotted cream…
You might be able to find clotted cream in the dairy section of your supermarket.
Most likely, you won’t find it in a North American store.
Not too worry. It’s not hard to make.

If you don’t have a double boiler place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of water.
After you scrape off the thicker part of the clotted cream, you’ll be left with cream that is thinner than heavy cream.
Don't toss it. It can be added to beverages or dishes, as you would half and half.

In a rush? Have mascarpone? You’re in luck. You can use mascarpone to make fake Clotted Cream:
Place in a large bowl
4 ounces mascarpone
1 Cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 or 2 Tablespoons sugar
Zest of lemon or lime (optional)

Beat until the mixture looks like softly whipped cream.  
Use right away or cover and refrigerate the cream until serving time.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Not sure if you'll have any use for a tub of mascarpone?
It is a soft unripened cheese that has the texture of sour cream.
Its mild flavour is great with fresh fruit and it is an ingredient in Tiramisu.
You've probably enjoyed it already.

                        
                           No knead Orange Scones
                       
grease a large cookie pan         
preheat oven to 375º        
bake 30 minutes

Makes 15 scones

In a measuring cup beat together
1 Cup orange juice
1 Egg
Add
1 Cup raisins
Set aside

In a large mixer bowl mix together
3 Cups flour
1/2 Cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cut in 
1/2 Cup margarine

Add
orange juice / egg / raisins mixture
Stir just enough to combine well
Drop on prepared sheet
Bake 30 minutes
Serve warm with butter or clotted cream


                           Clotted Cream

Yield: about 1 cup clotted cream

Place in a double boiler
4 Cups heavy cream

Heat over medium heat to bring the cream to 175º F, stirring occasionally so that the cream will heat evenly. 
Once you reach 175º F, bring up the temperature to 200º and allow the cream to cook about 45 minutes to an hour. The cream should get a cracked skin. 
Remove the top of your double boiler or bowl and place the container of cooked cream in a pan of ice water to cool quickly. 
Cover the cream with plastic wrap and place the container in the refrigerator.
Let it sit overnight. 
Carefully skim the clotted cream off with a shallow spoon and layer it into a bowl.
Serve it as you would serve butter.