Scones are the staple of the tea table. Whether served with clotted cream and fresh strawberries or butter and jam, they are an integral part of a very British institution. There are many different varieties of the plain and not-so-plain scone. The recipe for scones is thought to have originated in Scotland and would have been baked on a stone or griddle in a round, before being cut into wedges.Nowadays we are more used to seeing the round scone that has been baked in the oven. The most common variations are cheese, treacle and fruit. They are also made as a topping for casseroles or stews where the scones are placed on top of the meat for the last half hour or so of cooking. They are called cobblers because of the top’s resemblance to stone cobbles. You can use different liquids to make them for example milk, soured milk, buttermilk and yoghurt.Dried fruits such as apricots, mango, apple, blueberries and sour cherries can all be added as a variation, as well as stem ginger and chopped nuts. This recipe has dried cranberries, dried apple and cinnamon added to it. Ground almonds and yoghurt also give a moist texture, which help with the keeping quality.Cranberry and Apple SconesIngredientsSelf-raising flour1kgSalt10gButter320gGround almonds120gDried cranberries200gDried apple320gGround cinnamon20gMilk400gNatural yoghurt400gMethod1. Preheat the oven to 210C/fan 190C. Line baking sheets with baking parchment.2. Sift the flour and salt into a container. Mix in the butter and add the almonds, cranberries, apple and cinnamon. Mix well.3. Mix the milk and yoghurt together and add to the scone mix. It should form a soft, but not sticky dough. Add more flour if necessary.4. Turn on to a work surface and roll out to 2.5cm thickness. Stamp out into rounds and bake for 15 minutes.5. Put on to wire rack to cool down and cover with a tea towel if you want soft tops.l Fiona is co-author of Leith’s Baking Bible and runs a training school in Edinburgh www.entcs.co.uk
To ring in 2019, Greensky Bluegrass will return to The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. The bluegrass juggernauts will set up shop at the fan-favorite theater for four nights, spanning from December 28th to December 31st. Currently, four-day passes for this upcoming New Year’s Eve run are available via Greensky Bluegrass’s fan-club lottery here, with the lottery remaining open until Thursday, September 13th, at 3 p.m. (CT). Tickets will become available to the general public on Friday, September 14th, at 10 a.m. (CT). Head to the band’s website for more information.Greensky Bluegrass has a busy fall on the books ahead of this highly anticipated and newly announced New Year’s Eve run. In two weeks, the band will perform at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre for two nights, with these performances serving as the kick-off for Greensky Bluegrass’s fall tour. From there, the band will tour across the U.S. with support from Ghost Light and The Lil Smokies before returning to Kalamazoo State Theatre for a two-night Thanksgiving run with Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys.
The Greater Trail Minor Hockey League has successfully nominated Trail’s Ken Koshey for the Kraft Hockey Goes On contest.Koshey now sits in the top 100 and will need the votes of his family, friends, colleagues and the Greater Trail Area to win a spot in the top 25. Five grand prize winning nominees will win $100,000 for their selected Minor Hockey Association and a total of 20 second prize winning nominees will also win $20,000 to be awarded to their selected Minor Hockey Association.Koshey has been involved in Trail for over 40 years and has touched the lives of several people in his community.“This year, my oldest son played Atom and was placed on Ken Koshey’s team,” said Alison Morrison, a mom of two Trail hockey boys.“I got to experience first-hand why he received a special award in 2010. He was so positive and so encouraging of every child on his team. My son’s confidence bloomed under Ken’s praise and the team had a fun-filled and fantastic season.”Greater Trail will soon be able to vote for Ken amongst the top 100 during a 48-hour voting period, which will take place between March 23 (starting at 9 a.m. ET) and March 24, 2013 (ending at 11:59:59 p.m. ET).Voting is easy; go to http://www.krafthockeygoeson.comand vote for Ken Koshey! Winning Nominees will be announced April 3rd.