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Dec142008

peppermint eggnog scones - BSI!!!

I've been trying to find a way to use up the eggnog in my fridge.  I've had two 1/2-cup size mugs this season and am pretty much at my limit.  Eggnog is one of those special holiday treats that I crave as soon as the weather turns cooler and the Christmas decorations come out, but once I've had a mug or two I am DONE.  I hate to waste, especially expensive items, so I've been racking my brain to come up with a use for it before it spoils.  Last weekend I remembered my favorite scone recipe given to me by a friend years ago.  It uses buttermilk, and I thought that eggnog would make an excellent substitution because they have such similar consistencies.  Problem solved! I'd add some dry cranberries, a few bits of chocolate and Poof!  Holiday Scones.

Then, on Monday, I read the lovely Ashley's blog over at Sweet + Natural and discovered that she had picked PEPPERMINT as this week's BSI!!!  Brilliant.  Out go the cranberries and chocolate, in comes the peppermint.  I now give you...

Peppermint Eggnog Scones!!!

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup eggnog plus a little extra

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1-1/2 cups unbleached bread flour

  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

  • 4 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 8 tbsp cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar

  • 40 starlight peppermints, pounded to bits to equal about 1 cup


Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375*

  2. Mix eggnog with egg and extract, beat until smooth with a fork

  3. Put flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.  Stir to mix well.  Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender or rub in with your fingers until the mixture looks like fine bread crumbs

  4. Add sugar and peppermint bits, toss to distribute evenly.

  5. Add egg mixture and stir with a fork until a soft dough forms.  Add a splash of eggnog if needed to bind dough.

  6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board and give 5 to 6 kneads, just until well mixed.

  7. Flatten dough to 3/4" thick circle and cut circle into 8 wedges.

  8. Place wedges on an ungreased, parchment paper covered (VERY IMPORTANT!) cookie sheet.

  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until medium brown.


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This is why the parchment paper part of the process is SO IMORTANT.  When the scones first came out of the oven they looked like this...

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The hubb and I thought we'd leave them on the sheet for a few minutes until the peppermint hardened and then we would just pop them off the sheet.  WRONG.  The peppermint is like glue...those scones weren't going anywhere after being out of the oven for just one minute.  So, back in the oven they went to soften the peppermint.

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Once the peppermint softened after a few minutes we brought each scone out of the oven individually and put them on parchment paper on the drying rack.  I'm dreading scraping off the cookie sheet...we may just be buying a new one because I don't know how we're going to get the hardened peppermint off of it...

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Theses scones are soooooo good.  I love the texture of them, they are a little softer than scones you get in bakeries.  They have more of a biscuit-y texture than the dry, crumbly texture typical of the classic scone.

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The peppermint is perfect.  The eggnog doesn't come through as much as I had hoped, which might be a good thing since the peppermint is pretty strong.

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They are so festive visually and in flavor, they'd make a great addition to a Christmas baked goods gift.

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Reader Comments (33)

You featured not one, but TWO holiday ingredients in this BSI recipe?!?!?!! YOU ARE GENIUS!!! I love the scones :-D

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

Yummy!!!!

12.14.2008 | Unregistered Commentersuzanne

What a festive recipe. They look beautiful!

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterHangry Pants

wow what a beautiful recipe!

12.14.2008 | Unregistered Commentereliza

Those loook soooooooo good!!!! :D I wanna bake some SOOO bad now ;) hehe

12.14.2008 | Unregistered Commentermisstiffie

omg those are amazing and look wonderful!!!

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa S.

Awesome! You totally upped the holiday factor on this one. I think that deserves bonus points! I'm putting you on the BSI finalists list. :-)

12.14.2008 | Unregistered Commentersweetandnatural

Oh My! That looks AMAZING!!!

I like the new look too!

12.14.2008 | Unregistered Commenterseecourteat

Thanks ladies!!!

Ashley - WooHoo! I can't wait to see all of the other recipes!

seecourteat - Thank you! Glad you like the new look...it took forever to work out! :)

Those scones look so incredibly good!! And very holiday appropriate...

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

my girl is a genius!

extraordinary baker and CSS magician all rolled into one tiny and exceptionally cute little package.

12.14.2008 | Unregistered Commenterthe hubb

Oh, and I love your new header! Did you design it?

12.14.2008 | Unregistered Commentersweetandnatural

Awesome idea! They look so yummy!

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecca A

Almost forgot...is it alright that I added you to my blogroll?

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecca A

Brillant idea this time of year - they look wonderful! They'd be great with some hot cocoa!

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

festive & fantastic!!! if you didn't tell us, i'd think these were from a fancy gourmet cafe or coffee shop! AMAZING, ANDREA!!

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

how creative, i love it! :)

12.14.2008 | Unregistered Commenterttfn300

I LOVE how you used up a leftover to create a beautiful scone. So creative!

Very cool that you and your husband are architects too! I am so proud of my brother, he just won the Minnesota Young Architect of the Year award. I wish I was as talented as you all are. :)

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

WOW awesome recipe... i LOOOOOOOOOOOVE scones... beautiful pictures too!

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Those sound so tasty -- and so perfect for Christmas!

What a cute idea and so festive too. :-)

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeena

Ohhh these look delicious. I adore scones.

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Those look incredible! You are so creative, and your photos make everything look so beautiful! :)

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

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12.14.2008 | Unregistered Commentersweetandnatural

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