Last night, I was invited to a beautiful outdoor house concert / potluck… The Littlest Birds played a long, entertaining set amidst the garden and kids running about. Check them out on the Facebook, and if you’re in the Eugene Oregon area, check out Bronak House Concerts and Events.
Oh, but wait… I said “potluck”… I had a hankering for something new, and decided to take a classic flavor combination and see if it’d work with a tried-and-true scone recipe. I made…
Fuji Apple and Aged
White Cheddar Scones
makes 8-10 regular sized scones
(I made a double batch and cut them smaller)
- 1 Fuji apple, cored & diced into small pieces
- 1 to 2 Tbls coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
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- 4 to 5 oz. aged white cheddar, diced into small pieces
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- 1.5 cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (split into 3/4 cup & 1/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup sugar & cinnamon, mixed
- Sautée diced apple with the coconut oil until lightly brown (but still retain some firmness). Add cinnamon, stir and remove from heat. Cool the apples. If making the scones right away, place apples in the freezer for ~5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. When mixed, make a big hole in the middle of the mixture and add 3/4 cups of whipping cream.
- Before mixing the liquid in further, spread flour out on a clean surface (keep extra flour handy in a bowl, as the mixture will be sticky).
- Add the cooled apples and diced cheese to the dry & whipping cream mixture. Stir or mix with your hands until the mixture is crumbly. Turn the dough onto the floured surface and continue to knead. At this stage, I ended up adding more flour to make it more doughy and less gooey. Rather than alter the recipe and add more flour to the mix early on, I figured that it’s good to play it by feel/texture. It should be soft and malleable dough, not too sticky.
- Roll out the dough flat until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Cut with a pizza cutter, sharp spatula, or other tool into the shapes / sizes that suit you. Place on a lightly greased or parchment papered baking pan.
- Bake for 21-24 minutes until lightly golden. After baking, brush with remaining whipping cream and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mix. Cool slightly before serving.
Prep time: 30-45 minutes… best served warm or within the day!
And, obviously, different apple and cheese choices open this up to MANY different options at your fingertips.
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But in all seriousness… Steve Jobs was an innovator. Sleep well, brother…
Friday funnies. Two ways to say “NO“… first from the desk of Mister Rogers‘ Neighborhood…
Next from the desk of Sean Connery to Steve Jobs of Apple…
Most people take spontaneous photo and videos these days with their iPhones or other smartphones. What happens when you’re at a concert and you pull out your phone and suddenly recording doesn’t work, because the iPhone thinks that you don’t have the proper permissions to take video…
Apple has filed a patent that could help combat the latter, though still hinder the former. That is: a patent that protects intellectual property rights, but treats everyone like a potential pirate, rather than a valued customer.
The patent deals with making the iPhone sensitive to infrared signals, the kind that could let the device know that it’s somewhere where filming and photography aren’t welcome. A movie theater, for instance, shoots out these IR beams to interact with hearing aids for the impaired, and a museum or art gallery could put up receivers to let phones know they aren’t welcome.
These “IR signals” could easily be used to block photography or video recording anywhere— including rallies, protests and by the police. While I’d gladly accept the casualty of people not being able to flip out their iPhone in front of me at a concert, the tactic of blocking film & photos at rallies, protests, etc seems very scary to me.
More science/tech talk about it HERE at PatentlyApple.
First, the good news… Brian Borcherdt of one of my favorite groups (HOLY FUCK) just released his solo album, Torches (along with the Ward Colorado demos). It’s available for free download over on his website… and if you like it, you can (and should) buy the CD or vinyl. Get the free album by going to his site (click the album cover below):
And now the (probably) bad news… Apple bought Lala. OK, it may turn out for the best… but I really dug Lala when it started out as a CD sharing service (you mail off CDs you don’t want, get CDs you do want from others). It’s been a while since my peak use with them (I’ve run out of stuff to send), and they changed their focus away from CD swap to streaming about a year or more ago.
Anyway, I like Apple, I like Lala… but I dread what the acquisition will mean. I mean, pretty soon, are we gonna have to log-in to our iTuMyFaceChaseTube to check the video upload of our bank account’s status update with a free music download?
I just hope my indie bastion of hope, CD Baby, doesn’t get swallowed up by Apple or Amazon or Goodyear or Olive Garden… that would be a sad day for sure.