Friday, January 27, 2012

Breakfast Omelet Muffins


A great idea for overnight guests at the lake.  They can be frozen too!

Serves 6 to 12


1 pound Italian Sausage (sweet, mild, hot variety depending on your preference)
1 cup broccoli florets (or other veggie)
8 large eggs
1/4 cup milk (or half and half depending on how you're feeling that day)
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp baking powder
salt & pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese as needed


1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. In a large saute pan, over medium high heat, brown Italian Sausage for about 5 minutes, or until the sausage is no longer pink. Remove from heat and stir in broccoli.
3. Whisk together eggs, milk, oil and baking powder.  Season with salt and pepper.
4. Lightly spray a 12-cupcake pan with oil.Spoon out the sausage and broccoli mixture evenly into each cupcake.
5. Ladle the egg mixture over sausage and broccoli.
6. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tartine's Currant Scones

Tartine, in San Francisco's Mission District is probably one of the best bakeries in America. But of all the delights it offers, their scones are probably the most popular. Uncharacteristically light, lavishly buttery, and not too sweet, these are the scones of anyone's dreams.

If you like a sweeter scone, you might want to increase the sugar to 1 full tablespoon.

Liz Prueitt's Currant Scones

Makes 12 scones

For scones:

¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
½ tablespoon granulated sugar
1 stick plus 1 tablespoon very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 ½ cup buttermilk
¾ cup dried currants, soaked in warm water for about 10 minutes, then drained
1 tablespoon lemon zest
For topping:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Granulated sugar for sprinkling, about 2 tablespoons
1.Put the oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 400°F. Butter a large baking sheet and set it aside.
2.Sift baking soda, baking powder, and flour into the bowl of an electric standing mixer. Mix in salt and sugar with a wooden spoon. Add butter and pulse on and off, so as not to blend the butter too much. Stop when you have a coarse mixture with pea-sized lumps of butter. Add the buttermilk, currants, and lemon zest and mix at a low speed just until dough forms and currants and lemon zest are well distributed throughout.
3.Transfer the dough to a surface dusted flour and gently knead the dough, about 30 seconds, incorporating some of the flour. Form the dough into a log that's roughly 1 ½ inches high, 5 inches wide, and 18 inches long. Brush the top of the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle with the granulated sugar. Cut the dough in 3-inch squares, then cut each square diagonally into 2 triangles, and transfer to the baking sheet. Bake until the tops of the scones are lightly brown, about 25 to 35 minutes. Serve them while they're still warm.

Tartine Bakery Cookbook
Photo by Limecake


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