As some of you my dear readers know, the start of this year hasn’t been particularly pleasant because of a certain “discovery” that happened. In fact I can think of several adjectives that can describe it, but let’s stick with …infuriating. Don’t get me wrong, this discovery was an important eye-opener, and in the long run a beneficial and positive one, but it’s been hard on me. I won’t deny it. And the fact that it has caused me to neglect almost all the things I love (except coffee), has been cause for why I’ve been spending my days feeling like I’m in a rut. My disposition hasn’t been the brightest because of it.
This blog is one of the things that suffered most from this period, and I hated this fact knowing I had promised myself to make this blog better than it was last year. I sure as hell couldn’t keep that promise if I could not even find the time to post. At the start of the year after the “discovery”, I had so many terrible emotions rolling through me that only added to the physical and mental exhaustion I was experiencing from work. A great deal of my time was spent hating the people responsible for this whole mess. There was too much work to be done to rectify the situation, and I was constantly beat and dispirited. I was so burnt-out in just about all aspects of my being that I spent weeks not baking at all. I’ve never been the type to spend idle days, but that was all I wanted to do then: Lie down, try to get restful sleep, forget about everything.
I had been shaken out of my character.
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I am not done with the breakfast posts apparently.
I guess you can call me “Breakfast Girl”. I could miss meals for the rest of the day, just do not make me miss breakfast. I can get really cranky or less energetic the rest of the day, especially if I don’t get my coffee fix in the morning. Breakfast here at home is usually composed of sandwiches, rice meals and oatmeal- a different thing for different people- but occasionally we will add something else to that combination. Whenever I can haul myself off the bed really early to whip something up, that is. It’s harder to do with cold weather though! (Good thing summer is fast-approaching over here.)
I like making scones a lot because I can prepare the dough in advance, then leave them in the freezer until I’m ready to bake them. All I would need to do then is wake up slightly earlier than usual and get the scones in the oven; right before my brothers clamour down the stairs for breakfast. I’ve done it several times already but this is probably the first time I overbaked my scones, not to mention even slightly burnt their bottoms! But because these are the Dreamy Cream Scones, they were still absolutely positively phenomenal-tasting. Ha! Take that oven!
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Not quite a biscuit but not quite bread, either. What is it? Oh right, a scone. I’m not particularly fond of things with too much butter because I don’t like how they feel in my mouth. But there’s just something about the buttery, savory and sometimes even nutty taste of scones that can make me forget.
I was lucky enough to come across a Dorie Greenspan recipe for Apple Cheddar Scones for my first foray to scone-making. However the main mistake I made was shaping them too thin. If you’ll notice, my scones aren’t as thick as a proper scone ought to be. I have no idea why I didn’t follow the instructions and made it a little thicker. Perhaps I was thinking that it would rise, like most other breads, and so my scones ended up looking a bit like biscuits instead.