This Thanksgiving, I tasted salmon charred in a cast-iron skillet, prime rib that was aged under cheesecloth for a week, and walnut-cranberry apple tarts with marmalade. There is no way I’ll outdo my friends in their entertaining and hospitality skills! I’m just grateful to be invited and I am content.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Maple Scone Recipe for Scone Gift Basket|
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol at Starbucks with my fave tall Americano|
After sipping on my $1.95 Americano at Starbucks, I turned down the $2.95 maple oat scone because I wanted to save my pennies for baking ingredients.
How do you budget for holiday baking? What do you sacrifice to afford granulated maple sugar at Trader Joe’s?
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Here is my fail-proof maple scone recipe that you can add to your holiday baking. It’s a recipe any SmartyGirl can do!
This maple scone recipe uses evaporated milk instead of heavy cream. I’m lactose intolerant so I don’t usually keep perishable dairy products in my fridge. Feel free to use heavy cream, if you have it handy, for an even lighter crumb!
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Maple Oatmeal Packet for Holiday Baking|
Drizzle with icing after pulling scones out of the oven. Pure Maple Syrup can be expensive so you can rely on the maple flavor of the oatmeal packet instead.
What are some items to include in the scone gift basket?
1. Why not a book, such as AmericanGirl’s A Smart Girl’s Guide to Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself and Other Stuff by Nancy Holyoke?
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol A Smart Girl’s Guide to Boys by Nancy Holyoke|
I reviewed this young girl’s manual, recently, and I concur. The advice is sound. For example, the writer encourages girls to develop a healthy self-respect and nourish an independent spirit instead of hitching all her hopes on a dream boy.
Give a fellow SmartyGirl, of any age, a scone gift basket and a treasured book for the winter holiday!
2. Decorative filler. Use environmentally-friendly cushion such as actual popped popcorn. Bags of dried beans such as red or green lentils are pretty too. Shredded advertisements from the Black Friday newspaper.
3. Dry mix. Measure out the dry ingredients into decorative plastic jars or vials found at craft stores such as Joanns’ or Michaels. You can also use cellophane treat bags tied with pretty yarn, raffia or twine. Decorate with your friend’s favorite candy.
Think of the sparkly gold paper of Werther’s caramels! Add a peppermint stick. Add a store-bought or gourmet online tea such as one from Leafgram.com. Disclaimer: I am a copywriter intern for Leafgram.com of Palo Alto.
Then add a recipe card so that your friend can do her own holiday baking for fresh scones the next morning. You do know there won’t be any leftovers. Right?
SmartyGirl Editor-in-Chief Renee Marchol