Saskatoon Berry Scones

Saskatoon Berry Scones - Candy Coated Culinista

A lunchtime city walk became such a fruitful trip when I stumbled upon a Farmer’s Market a block from my office. Saskatoon berries look like blueberries; but are surprisingly related to the apple family. The city of Saskatoon was named after this berry.

Yield/Serving: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 20-25 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup 2% milk
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 4 cups flour
• 1 cup granulated sugar (use – 1/2 cup)
• 1 cup butter
• 1 large egg
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 – 1 ½ cups Saskatoon Berries

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
3. Combine milk and baking soda together in a medium sized bowl and let rest.
4. Using a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
5. Cut butter into cubes and blend using a pastry blender.
6. Add in milk mixture and mix.
7. Gently mix Saskatoon berries and incorporate.
8. Flour work surface and lightly knead dough until a ball is formed.
9. By hand flatten dough and fold dough over again a few times.
10. Shape dough into a 9” circle, cut into 6 to 8 wedges, place on cookie sheet, and leave space between each piece.
11. Brush with milk and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
12. Let cool a little and serve.

Tips
• You can also use a food processor if so desired.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I’m surprised at how my scones always turn out. For some reason I just never know with scones and yet they come out soft and fluffy and bursting with flavour. All enjoyed these and the only comment was where the clotted cream and jam is. Now these had to travel so I didn’t bring those; but it was perfect none the less.

Classy Brunch : Poached Egg Practice #1

Poached Egg: Practice #1 - Candy Coated Culinista

Poached Egg: Practice #1 – Candy Coated Culinista

I have never poached an egg before and seeing many a Masterchef egg poaching challenge I thought this was going to be hard, but then I found this recipe on The Kitchn – http://www.thekitchn.com and it seemed totally doable. Then I see the outcome and think nope something’s a little off here.

The Kitchn

Yield/Serving: 1
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 4 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 extra large egg
• 1 tbsp white vinegar
• Salt, to taste
• Black pepper, to taste

Assembly
1. Using a medium saucepan filled two-thirds full with water and bring to a boil.
2. Once water has boiled, bring down to a simmer. (bubbles coming to the surface, but not a rolling bubble)
3. Crack an egg and place in a small measuring cup with a handle, so it will be easier to ease the egg into the saucepan.
4. Add the vinegar to the water.
5. Carefully ease the egg into the water and tip the egg out of the measuring cup.
6. Cook for 4 minutes.
7. Remove egg from the saucepan with a slotted spoon and pat dry if desired.
8. Season with salt & pepper and serve.

Tips
• If you want to poach two eggs at once, ensure the saucepan is big enough to accommodate two without crowding. Add an additional 30 seconds or so to the cook time if multiple eggs are in one saucepan.
• Serve with a croissant and sopressata wrapped asparagus.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
For a first attempt it wasn’t quite bad. I did overcook the egg as I didn’t trust the cook time given and I trusted my eyes instead. I have always seen a swirling technique when poaching an egg, yet this recipe didn’t have that at all hmmmm. The yolk was more to the top then I think it should have been (possibly because of no swirling technique). In any event I’m proud of myself for tackling something I deemed too hard and will try it again with some excellent tips from a chef friend.

Egg & Toasts Brunch Tartlets with Maple Fennel Bacon

Egg & Toasts Brunch Tartlets with Maple Fennel Bacon - Candy Coated Culinista

Egg & Toasts Brunch Tartlets with Maple Fennel Bacon – Candy Coated Culinista

I did another cooking club challenge of something I never heard of until I saw the picture; an eggs & toast tartlet. Breakfast isn’t breakfast for me without bacon so I had to add on the maple fennel recipe also. Just add a citrus and a glass of milk and to me this is a well-balanced breakfast. Here’s my picture in the Chateliane gallery.

Slightly Altered From Chatelaine

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 15-18 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Egg & Toasts Brunch Tartlets
Ingredients
• 4 slices of white bread
• 1 tbsp butter
• 1 shallot, thinly sliced
• 1 tbsp maple syrup
• 1 cup baby spinach
• ¼ cup shredded cheese, grated
• ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
• 4 large eggs
• 1/8 tsp salt
• Black pepper, to taste
• Sun-dried tomatoes, to garnish
• Green onion, chopped to garnish

Assembly
1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
2. Cut of 5`x5`squares of parchment paper and press into each cup of the muffin pan and spray with cooking oil.
3. Cut crust off the bread slices and flatten using a rolling pin.
4. Press into muffin cups to make a shell and spray with more cooking spray.
5. Toast for 5-7 minutes in the oven.
6. Using frying pan melt butter over medium-high heat.
7. Now add the onions and stir occasionally until soft and brown 12-15 min.
8. Add in the maple syrup and spinach and stir; let the spinach wilt, about 1-2 min.
9. Spoon some of the spinach mixture into each bread shell and sprinkle the sun-dried tomatoes on top.
10. Add a little grated sharp cheddar.
11. Finally crack one egg on top of each tart leaving some egg whites behind and place egg yolk on top..
12. Season with black pepper.
13. Bake in the centre of the oven until the egg whites are set but yolks are runny, 15 to 18 min.
14. Garnish with dried tomatoes and green onion.

Tips
• I found the tarts looked better and keep their shape when I lined it with parchment paper.
• Small eggs are apparently impossible to find. I gave up on my third store search and held back some egg whites from each tart.

Maple Fennel Bacon
From Chatelaine

Yield/Serving: 6
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 6 slices
• 3 tbsp maple syrup
• 1 tsp brown sugar
• 2 tsp fennel seeds
• Black pepper, to taste

Assembly
1. Using a frying pan on medium heat, place bacon in pan.
2. Mix maple syrup, brown sugar and fennel together and brush over bacon.
3. Cook until done.
4. Sprinkle with additional fennel seeds and black pepper.
5. Serve

Tips
• The original recipe called for the bacon to be baked in the oven. Following the instruction given ended in disaster for me and after wasting 7 slices of bacon, I did this stove top and it turned out just as well and less messy.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
If I’m having breakfast or brunch I will always have bacon & eggs and since both can’t go in the oven at the same time. Stove top for the bacon makes sense to me. This is a great breakfast dish and I can see why it was suggested as a brunch meal. It looks high class but without too much fuss. I added cheese because I thought the tart needed that little something extra. The tartlets were hard to eat and I was debating between knife and fork or by hand. If it’s a brunch I gather knife and fork; a relaxed breakfast for two or with friends and family, hands all the way. The bacon was my favourite part. It was sweet and salty and caramelized and just delicious.

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