Purple and Sweet Potato Hash with Garlicky Kale and Soft Eggs – Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan, White Truffle Oil and Gremolata – Perfect Blueberry Scones

Purple and Sweet Potato Hash with Garlicky Kale and Soft Eggs

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan, White Truffle Oil and Gremolata

Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Scones
Recipe from Cook’s Illustrated

It is important to work the dough as little as possible—work quickly and knead and fold the dough only the number of times called for. The butter should be frozen solid before grating. In hot or humid environments, chill the flour mixture and work bowls before use. While the recipe calls for 2 whole sticks of butter, only 10 tablespoons are actually used (see step 1). If fresh berries are unavailable, an equal amount of frozen berries (do not defrost) can be substituted. An equal amount of raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries can be used in place of the blueberries. Cut larger berries into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces before incorporating. Refrigerate or freeze leftover scones, wrapped in foil, in an airtight container. To serve, remove foil and place scones on a baking sheet in a 375-degree oven. Heat until warmed through and recrisped, 8 to 10 minutes if refrigerated, 16 to 20 minutes if frozen. See final step for information on making the scone dough in advance.

Ingredients
16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks), frozen whole (see note above)
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (about 7 1/2 ounces), picked over (see note)
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (10 ounces), plus additional for work surface
1/2 cup sugar (3 1/2 ounces), plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Score and remove half of wrapper from each stick of frozen butter. Grate unwrapped ends on large holes of box grater (you should grate total of 8 tablespoons). Place grated butter in freezer until needed. Melt 2 tablespoons of remaining ungrated butter and set aside. Save remaining 6 tablespoons butter for another use. Place blueberries in freezer until needed.
2. Whisk together milk and sour cream in medium bowl; refrigerate until needed. Whisk flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest in medium bowl. Add frozen butter to flour mixture and toss with fingers until thoroughly coated.
3. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; fold with spatula until just combined. With rubber spatula, transfer dough to liberally floured work surface. Dust surface of dough with flour; with floured hands, knead dough 6 to 8 times, until it just holds together in ragged ball, adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.
4. Roll dough into approximate 12-inch square. Following illustrations, fold dough into thirds like a business letter, using bench scraper or metal spatula to release dough if it sticks to countertop. Lift short ends of dough and fold into thirds again to form approximate 4-inch square. Transfer dough to plate lightly dusted with flour and chill in freezer 5 minutes.
5. Transfer dough to floured work surface and roll into approximate 12-inch square again. Sprinkle blueberries evenly over surface of dough, then press down so they are slightly embedded in dough. Using bench scraper or thin metal spatula, loosen dough from work surface. Roll dough, pressing to form tight log. Lay seam-side down and press log into 12 by 4-inch rectangle. Using sharp, floured knife, cut rectangle crosswise into 4 equal rectangles. Cut each rectangle diagonally to form 2 triangles and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet.
6. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon sugar. Bake until tops and bottoms are golden brown, 18 to 25 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and let cool 10 minutes before serving.
To Make Ahead:
After placing the scones on the baking sheet, either refrigerate them overnight or freeze. When ready to bake, for refrigerated scones, heat oven to 425 degrees and follow directions in step 6. For frozen scones, heat oven to 375 degrees, follow directions in step 6, and extend cooking time to 25 to 30 minutes.

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Purple and Sweet Potato Hash- I don’t eat a lot of potatoes, but I love potato hash. You can use any type of potato or root vegetable and load it up with whatever is leftover in the fridge, the combinations are endless. If your feeling more carnivorous, this would also be great with braised short ribs or roasted chicken. I usually braise my greens, but by steaming them they hold more of their nutritional goodness (see here and here). This is one of those dishes that gets better the next day, I like to reheat it in a pan on the stove top to re-crisp the potatoes. The Roasted Spaghetti Squash is a perfect example of how amazing a dish can be by using only a few, quality ingredients. It’s so funny to see the look on Tom’s (the hubby) face when certain vegetables enter the house. First it’s the question of “is that a…..?” followed by “ohhh”, as I watch his body deflate as if to say “oh no, I hope that’s not for dinner?”. I’m happy to report he really liked this dish, maybe the cheese had a little to do with it. Blueberry Scones- If you’re not familiar with Cooks Illustrated, you should pick up a copy, I adore this magazine. I learn something new every time I read it (confession; I’m a bit of a food-geek). They’ll cook a dish hundreds of times if necessary, until they feel it’s perfect. I posted their recipe here in its entirety, there’s no room for improvement.

6 Comments to “Purple and Sweet Potato Hash with Garlicky Kale and Soft Eggs – Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan, White Truffle Oil and Gremolata – Perfect Blueberry Scones”

  1. Those are the first scones I’ve seen that actually look moist and the berries are still juicy! You’ve tempted me to want make scones for the first time in my life. I love kale, and garlic – is lacinato kale the same as dinosaur kale, aka nero/black kale? I love the look and feel of your site, the recipe “cards” are as pretty as the food.

    • These scones are so good, but I warn you-there huge! The recipe seems a little involved the first time you make it but after that it’s a snap. The good thing is you can make and freeze them and bake them off a few at a time, this will also keep you from eating way too many! Lacinato kale is the same as dinosaur/black kale, I usually make a double batch and keep it in the fridge so I have it on hand all week.

  2. Those scones are beautiful. I’ll have to give that recipe a try.

  3. Those blueberry scones are totally calling out to me. Wow, they are bursting with fruit. I remember seeing this recipe in Cook’s Illustrated. Now, you have me wanting to make them for sure. ;)

    • Hi Carolyn,
      You’ll be instantly hooked, and you can make them in any flavor you want just use the same technique. It’s funny, I have some fresh blueberries and butter in my freezer to make some more this weekend – I like to keep them made in the freezer and ready to bake, for when people stop by.

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