Day Five on the Advent Calendar:
Mini Cheese, Cranberry and Walnut Scones Recipe
Day Five on the Advent Calendar:
Today is day five on the Lavender and Lovage Advent Calendar and what an appropriate window to open, and find a nutcracker, as my recipe today is Mini Cheese, Cranberry and Walnut Scones. I have to admit to making these scones in a bit of a hurry this morning, as I am part of a SECRET CHALLENGE for the weekly #BoothsCheers party tonight on Twitter. Of all the virtual parties I have attended, and there have been many over the years, #BoothsCheers has been the best and most fun; as a #BoothsCheers VIP, every week for six weeks (although it will be four weeks for me as I missed the first two weeks), I’ll receive a delivery of wines and beers from my namesake store, Booths Food, Wine and Grocery Stores . The deliveries arrive on Tuesday usually, just in time for the Wednesday night Booths party, between 7pm and 8pm, when it’s time to taste the wines and beers, give my views and suggestions for what to eat with the wines using the Twitter hash tag #BoothsCheers, and even share a few recipes and photos of what I have cooked just for the party!
And JUST look at what we are lucky enough to receive this week…….a bottle of finest Saint Emilion Grand Cru and a bottle Croft Indulgence, Finest Reserve Port……Booths have REALLY spoilt us this time!
I also have a SECRET mission too, more about that later, but what I can tell you is that it entails baking, and I am entering my Mini Cheese, Cranberry and Walnut Scones into the challenge……little morsels of cheese, fruit and nuts, that would make a PERFECT canapé to accompany a bottle of Saint Emilion Grand Cru…..just cut them in half, butter them, add a spoon of chutney – I used my Spiced Quince & Cranberry Chutney - and then a slice of Brie cheese for an elegant but rustic nibble!
I am a real scone fiend and you will find lots of recipes on my blog for sweet and savoury varieties; these ones are suitably festive for this time of year and can be made in advance of a party or family gathering, and can then be frozen. They are also very well-behaved when heated up next day, if made the day before. The cranberries not only add a seasonal burst of colour, but they also add a subtle sweetness that offsets the rich cheese and tannin and a good red wine.
I am sure that my wee scones will be the perfect partner for the #BoothsCheers party tonight and I can’t wait to uncork my wine and get partying! Not only are these scones perfect for a drinks party, but, if you make them a normal scone size, then they will make an excellent accompaniment for soups, stews and casseroles, as well as the dinner party cheese board.
The recipe for my Mini Cheese, Cranberry and Walnut Scones is below and DO let me know if you make these part of your Christmas menu this year and what you served them with too……it’s time to go now, I need to sort out what I am wearing for the big party tonight (!) as well as write up some NEW 5:2 recipes that I have been promising for the last week…….they WILL follow very soon, I promise! See you later land have a lovely day, Karen
I can now reveal that I was part of the secret #BoothsCheers Recipe Challenge party and my partner was……@annieqpr who writes over at Annie QPR. We were engaged in a battle to cook off against each other, and having seen her amazing menu of Slow Cooked Pork and Clam Cataplana, Lettuce Cups with Seared Beef, Sizzling Chilli Prawns and Chorizo in Red Wine, I don’t hold out on my chances much! WELL DONE Annie for such a sizzling menu! Cheers!