A colleague with a talented floral arrangement eye invited us to the last day of Bouquet to Art 2013 at DeYoung Museum. His teacher had submitted an industrial piece to be paired with art. We jumped at the chance to join and learn more about various species of flowers. Each florist created a unique arrangement inspired a historically significant or master’s art work. One of our favorites was a Shreve company tea set was paired with a floral dim sum.
Love the photos Hungry Games! Will have to try the scones recipe sometime.
One of the best parts of summer is that this is the time of year when the sweetest fruits are in season—strawberries, blackberries, peaches! Since I moved to DC, one of my favorite summertime activities is fruit picking at Homestead Farms, located in Poolesville, Maryland. It’s a beautiful drive from the city and a great weekend activity.
The farm has seasonal fruit and flower picking, as well as a farm stand, which sells their fresh produce (vegetables and fruit), a food stand, and some adorable farm animals.
I went with some friends this July for some peach and blackberry picking. The peaches needed a few days to ripen once picked, but the blackberries were sweet and delicious immediately (Many did not make it into my carton because they accidently found their way into my belly. Don’t tell!)
Homestead Farms also had beautiful zinnias and sunflowers to pick for $4 a bag (as many as you could fit in the bag).
I ate the peaches once they ripened, but with all the lovely blackberries I had, I decided I needed to bake something tasty. I found a recipe for raspberry scones on Smitten Kitchen (recipe below), and substituted in my sweet, delicious blackberries instead. Yummy!
I’ll revisit Homestead Farms again when the apples are ripe so I can bake my famous apple cranberry pie. I guess I’ll have to post that recipe in the fall!
Whole Wheat Raspberry (Blackberry) Ricotta Scones (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
- 1 cup (120 grams) whole wheat flour
- 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder, preferably aluminum-free
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 6 tablespoons (85 grams) cold unsalted butter
- 1 cup (136 grams or 4 3/4 ounces) fresh raspberries (blackberries)
- 3/4 cup (189 grams) whole milk ricotta
- 1/3 cup (79 ml) heavy cream
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bottom of a large, wide-ish bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, sugar and salt together.
With a pastry blender: Add the butter (no need to chop it first) and use the blender to both cut the butter into the flour mixture until the biggest pieces are the size of small peas. Toss in raspberries (blackberries) and use the blender again to break them into halves and quarter berry sized chunks.
Without a pastry blender: Cut the butter into small pieces with a knife and work the butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Roughly chop the raspberries (blackberries) on a cutting board and stir them into the butter-flour mixture.
Both methods: Add the ricotta and heavy cream together and stir them in to form a dough with a flexible spatula. Using your hands, gently knead dough into an even mass, right in the bottom of the bowl. Don’t fret if the raspberries (blackberries) get muddled and smudge up the dough. This is a pretty thing.
With as few movements as possible, transfer the dough to a well-floured counter, flour the top of the dough and pat it into a 7-inch square about 1-inch tall. With a large knife, divide the dough into 9 even squares. Transfer the scones to prepared baking sheet with a spatula. Bake the scones for about 15 minutes, until lightly golden at the edges. Cool in pan for a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack. It’s best to cool them about halfway before eating them, so they can set a bit more. I know, way to be a big meanie, right?
Do ahead: Scones are always best the day they are baked. However, if you wish to get a lead on them, you can make them, arrange them on your parchment-lined sheet and freeze them. If you’re prepping just one day in advance, cover the tray with plastic wrap and bake them the day you need them. If you’re preparing them more than one day in advance, once they are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or container. Bring them back to a parchment-lined sheet when you’re ready to bake them. No need to defrost the frozen, unbaked scones, just add 2 to 3 minutes to your baking time.
Boston’s unusually warm March weather has brought the gift of the stunning spring flowers and a healthy dose of Vitamin D. Recently, we picked up this gorgeous flower arrangement, but next time, we should consider an edible one.
For our first giveaway, one lucky reader will receive an Orange Blossom Edible Arrangement filled with citrus, berries and melons.
During the month of March (National MS Society’s MS Awareness Month) the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter is partnering with the Boston-Manchester Co-op of Edible Arrangements to raise funds and awareness to stop progression, restore function and end multiple sclerosis.
MA and Southern NH Edible Arrangements stores will donate a portion of their sales from every Orange Blossom arrangement to the National MS Society. As long as arrangements are ordered and paid for during the month of March, they can be delivered at any time throughout the year.
How to win the Orange Blossom Edible Arrangement:
We will pick one winner (Update: Congrats Marcie and the Edible Arrangements fundraiser generated $10,000 for the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter (based in Waltham)) via random.org and the winner will be contacted via e-mail to confirm mailing address. Best of luck!
- Entry: Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite fruit(s) are and why. Ours are mango and lychee fruit because we love both of their flavors.
- Bonus Entry: Make a donation to the National MS Society (any amount you would like) and leave a comment on this post saying you did so.
- Other Bonus Entry: Follow @bakingmehungry, RT the giveaway tweet and leave a common on this post saying you did so.
- Other Rules: Delivery is within a limited area only. (Most of MA and Southern NH is included)
- All entries must be received by 5pm on Friday, March 30th. Delivery to the winner will be during the week of April 2nd, 2012.