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Royal Wedding Scones

Filed under: News — Missy @ 11:18 pm

In honor of the Royal Wedding, here is a great recipe for scones.  Feel free to add dried fruit, nuts or even chocolate chips for a special treat.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Scones

Makes 8 scones

Glaze:

1 large egg, beaten

1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

Scones:

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2” pieces

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 large egg, beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 375 with rack in center of oven.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Make glaze:  mix together the beaten egg and cream.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add in butter and blend with pastry blender or fingers.  This mixture should look like coarse crumbs.  Set aside.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, beaten egg and vanilla.  Make a well in the center of the crumb mixture and add the liquid, stirring with a wooden spoon until batter forms moist clumps.  The batter will be sticky.  Don’t over mix.
  5. Gather dough together with your hands and transfer to a lightly floured surface.  Gently knead for 10 seconds until dough forms a ball and is smooth.
  6. Pat dough into a 7 inch diameter circle that is about 1” thick.
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut circle into eight triangles (cut circle in half and in half again and each of those sections in half again).  Place scones on prepared baking sheet.
  8. Brush scone tops with glaze and sprinkle lightly with sugar.
  9. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until a toothpick entered into the center of a scone comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Serve with whipped cream, butter or jam.

Kayaking Lake Erie

Filed under: News — Missy @ 11:19 pm

Kayaking has grown in popularity and what better place to kayak, whether your a veteran or a amateur, is Lake Erie thanks to the new Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail.

With 8 points of entry, you can travel 27 miles from Mill Hollow up the Vermilion River, across the Lake Erie shoreline and down the Black River.  Stop along the way and rest at one of the area’s great beaches and enjoy a picnic lunch.  See wildlife along the riverbeds.  Enjoy all nature has to offer!

Need a kayak?  No worries!  You can rent kayaks from Great Lakes Kayaking in Lorain by the day or hour.  Not sure how to kayak?  Attend the Kayaking Symposium on May 21 at Lakeview Park from 10-4 to learn the basics.  You’ll even be able to try out different types of kayaks and canoes in the beach’s swimming area.  The Backpacker’s Shop in Sheffield is also a great place to visit to learn more about kayaking the water trail and what supplies you’ll need.

For more information:
Lorain County Metroparks:  www.metroparks.cc
Great Lakes Kayaking: (440) 244-5370 or (440) 787-8720
Backpackers Shop: (440) 934-5345

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