Blueberry White Chocolate scones – the recipe

“The smell of sweet baking and then the taste of Scones fresh from the oven…….ahhh”

that is what lots of you have said after enjoying Lonny’s scones first thing in the morning.

Here is our video demonstration

and below the recipe you can try at home on a lazy weekend.

Ingredients:

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.  Line 2 large metal baking trays with parchment paper.

Step 2:

In a large cold bowl mix/rub together the following ingredients ~ 5 cups  All Purpose flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 225 grams white chocolate chips, 1 cup Cold Butter that has been cut into small pieces.

Step 3:

In a sceond bowl mix together the following ingredients ~ 1 1/2 cup Buttermilk. 2 large eggs.

Step 4:

Combine the two bowls using just enough of the wet ingredients (bowl two) to combine the dough to a soft which holds together (not too sticky).

Step 5:

Flour your work surface and drop the dough onto the worksurface. Spread out and sprinkle on the top 2 cups of blueberries.  Gently fold the blueberries into the dough without squashing the berries.  Form the scones into uniformly sized individual scones and place on your bakig trays.  The shape and size can be your choice and you should achieve between 15 – 25 scones depending upon the size you make.

Step 6:

Cook scones in your preheated oven 450 degrees F for 20 minutes.  Cooking times will vary depending upon your own oven and the size of the scones you make, so check them regularly.  They will be cooked when you see a very light golden colour happening to the edges and top.

Enjoy with a little salted butter and a cup of your favourite coffee or tea – yummy.

 

 

It is Time to Compost

Summer is the time for Composting.

Although we compost all year round, Spring and Summer is the time to get it into the flower beds and onto the grass.

With our Local composting restrictions in Canmore, (we cannot compost outside overnight due to the perceived animal attractant), we can compost during the day as long as it inside overnight. By keeping our compost in my garage over the winter it really slows down the whole process as it is so cool, I am always excited to get it out and dispersed the home made fertiliser and free up some space in the garage!

Composting year round as had a real positive impact on our dumpster!

We estimate that we have been able to reduce pick up by close to 50% and the result is also greatly reduced the need of chemical fertilizers.

We do have the greenest grass in Canmore this early in the Spring

We are currently composting all vegetable and fruit and fruit sc raps, (stay away from all meat items) cutting up skins into smaller pieces really seems to help the process. So rather than a peel of pineapple being 3” wide and 8” long, by cutting it into 1” square pieces is quick job, and makes a big difference on the time it takes to turn it into great soil.

During the Summer months, I roll my composting balls out of the garage to catch the summer heat, also turning them daily really speeds everything up as well. During the summer I can get 2 full batches of nutrient rich soil out of each, plus the wonderful liquid gold juice that flows and can be used on your potted plants and flower beds.  I  have them empty by mid September, which is great because once the heat is out of the sun, the process slows done to  8 months per ball. As I don’t want to use electricity in this process, I want to keep it as natural and as low footprint as possible.

Having two balls is great as I can fill up one, and then not add anything until it’s done, and still be filling the second.

Things to stay away from, in a process as quick as the way I do it, are: coffee grounds, eggs shells, pineapple heads etc.  Again, if you are able to compost outside and have more space and therefore time is not an issue, throw these in as well.

We obtained our compost balls through the airmiles rewards which was a bonus.  Our are made by Blue Planet and we can highly recommend them.  There is some great information on there site and also outlets where you can obtain them in Canada, USA.  http://www.blueplanetsmart.net/canada/faqs.htm 

Good luck and email me with any questions!