Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chocolate Cherry Scones

I love bing cherries, and quite honestly I can eat 2 or 3 pounds in one sitting! Fortunately for this recipe you do not need that many. If you like your scones a little dry than this is not the recipe for you, the batter is more like a muffin recipe. This recipe is very easy and I think you will like them.

Chocolate Cherry Scones
Yields: about 10 drop scones
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into cubes and frozen
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved
1 handful of chocolate chips
1) Preheat the oven to 400 F. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2) Fold in the frozen cubed butter and use a pastry blender or two knives to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, but do this fast so that the butter does not melt. I use my hands to mix it in, it is messy but it works.
3) In a large measuring cup, whisk together the sour cream and milk together to combine then add to the butter mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
4) Use a large ice cream scoop to drop the dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kohler Origional Recipe Chocolates

I am sure that everyone is familiar with the Kohler company, the people who manufacture tubs, sinks and and everything else that you would need for a fabulous kitchen or bath. But I wonder how many people are acquainted with the Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates?

I first encountered the Kohler terrapins, or turtles when I was married at the The American Club Resort  in Kohler, Wisconsin. I was told then that Mr. Kohler had been on the search for the perfect turtle and that his chefs had actually perfected what he considered to be it after hundreds of attempts.  I can tell you first hand that the terrapins as they prefer you call them are out of this world! I received many boxes at my wedding and happily ate them while shipping champagne and I have been enjoying them ever since.

If you have never been to Kohler to see the Kohler Design Center,  the beautiful American Club or the Water Spa and you are in the vicinity you must stop in to the Craverie Chocolatier Cafe which sell and showcases the Kohler chocolates and sumptuous desserts. The Cafe is like a small French bistro with chandeliers and leather chairs and a fireplace to warm yourself on a crisp Autumn day. Not only does the cafe sell and serve the chocolates but also cafe drinks, soups and sandwiches.

The chocolates are also sold at The Greenhouse, which is an antique solarium from England, which was dismantled and then reassembled in the courtyard. This is another really cool place on the grounds, they serve light food, homemade ice cream and drinks all at Victorian marble tables.

My favorite terrapin is the white chocolate, cranberry and cashew, there are also coffee, and  black strap. In addition to the terrapins there are truffles, bars, pretzels, trail mix and many other things to try. I will warn you, this chocolate and the cafe are not inexpensive.

my favorite

You can order these from the Destination Kohler link above.
All photos via Destination Kohler site