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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Baseball & Breakfast Pastries~Cinnamon Scones

Sean was recently assigned to the Rockies AA team The Tulsa Drillers.  I am so excited for what this season has in store for him!  We are going to be practically neighbors (4 hr drive is nothing…) I am going to take advantage of my weekends and do a bunch of traveling to see him pitch. 

I find it very difficult to visit him with empty hands.  If you only knew how many times I have been stopped at airport security..."I think it is a loaf of bread...bag check."  This always makes me laugh!  I have been looking for an excuse to make these PW Sweet Cinnamon Scones.  Sean would rather me bring steak, ribs, or potatoes...but…uh…um that does not “travel well” (pastries are much more fun!)  If you have not spent time on the Pioneer Women’s website you should.  My pictures pale in comparison to hers but if I don’t practice I will never learn! 

The Goods:
•    3 cups All-purpose Flour
•    ⅓ cups Sugar
•    5 teaspoons Baking Powder
•    ½ teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
•    2 sticks (1 Cup) Unsalted Butter
•    ¾ cups Heavy Cream
•    1 whole Egg
•    1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
•    1 cup Cinnamon Chips

Topping Goods:
•    ½ cups Sugar
•    1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
•    1-½ teaspoon Heavy Cream

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and baking powder.

First cut the butter into TBSP pieces.  Add butter to dry ingredients and use a pasty cutter to combine.  If you do not have one use a fork!  Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in the cinnamon chips (it is impossible not to snack on these).  In the recipe, Pioneer Woman said she found these next to the chocolate chips.  I went to Whole Foods, Walmart and Tom Thumb and they did not have them. ☹ I checked online for stores that would carry them but I didn’t have much luck either.  I thought I was going to have to order them online but I wanted to make them NOW!  I am so patient (sarcasm).  Luckily, I called a good friend’s mother and she had some (random, I know.)  I will keep looking around because I now owe her 1-cup of cinnamon chips (I'll post where I find them)! 

In a small bowl combine cream, egg, and vanilla extract. Pour into flour/butter mixture, stirring gently with a fork to combine.

Turn onto floured surface and carefully press together.  This was very messy for me...I had to work the dough for a while to get it all to stick together.  You could use a rolling pin but I like using my hands. 

I formed the mixture into a large rectangle.   The recipe says you can make a circle also. 

Mix together topping ingredients, stirring with a fork. Sprinkle over the top of the dough, lightly pressing.  I wish I would of pressed my topping down more.  When baking I usually double toppings because I like a TON.  I didn't have to...Pioneer Woman and I speak the same language.

Cut into triangles and transfer to a cookie sheet or two. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before you serve them.  Enjoy!        

Grace, peace, and be sure to enjoy some sweets!


p.s.  I had 10 post in one month...I wonder if I can do that again.  :)

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