I was thinking of doing a fruit salad or a spinach salad with strawberries. Then maybe a quiche, though I'm not sure if that counts as a breakfast or lunch item. I also thought about maybe doing a ham - but that seems like it might be a lot for 6 people. Maybe Eggs Benedict instead? Hmm... I'll have to think that one through.
Of course, we have to have some kind of baked good, as that is the hallmark of a ValleyWriter get-together. (What can I say? I love to bake!) My mom makes the best scones, so I was thinking I might make a batch in her honor. I made a batch of yummy (and incredibly easy) cranberry raisin scone one morning this week to try out the flavors.
Cranberry Raisin Drop SconesIngredients:
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. white sugar
1/2 c. cold butter
1/3 c. dried cranberries
1/4 c. raisins (I used a mix of golden, crimson and regular
1/2 to 3/4 c. milk
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
In the bowl of your food processor, combine flour, baking powder salt and white sugar. Pulse a few times to mix.
Cut the butter into a few chunks and add to the food processor. Pulse until the mixture is grainy, with the butter chunks smaller than the size of a small pea.
(If you don't have a food processor, you can just mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl and then cut in the butter with a fork.)
Pour the butter/flour mixture into a mixing bowl. Stir in the dried cranberries and raisins. Slowly add in the milk, just until the dough comes together into a sticky ball. (You may not need to use all of the milk.)
Scoop about 1/2 c. of the dough into a ball and place on the greased baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough to form 8 scones in total.
Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the tops of all of the balls of dough.
Bake for 15-17 minutes until tops are golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
I thought I'd share this recipe - and then ask you to share some of your great recipes for brunch ideas. If you leave me the link to your blog post in the comments - or contact me using the "Contact" feature on the left - I'll post all the recipes, along with a link to your blog, in a round up on Thursday evening. Just in time to start shopping for the Mother's Day Menu. Thanks!