It’s quarantine o’clock, so PhD Kitchen is back! Yesterday I made these English cheddar scones—a crowd favorite in our house, which I share with a bona fide English husband—and I thought they’d make the perfect comeback recipe. My mother-in-law’s cheese scones are pretty similar, but this is the way James and I make them at home in the US.
You can use any hard cheese you like, but I prefer a strong and sweet red cheddar. I added fresh rosemary from a plant I’m trying to keep alive, but you can skip the herbs or substitute another type (fresh or dried) if you like. My recipe is based on this one by Irmgard on Food.com, but I’ve edited it to make a double batch and substitute for the complete dearth of baking powder currently plaguing my city. I also had to make do with fat-free buttermilk… yikes. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Here we go!
Dry ingredients in the sieve
A darn good sweet red cheddar
Dry ingredients, herbs, and cheese in the mix
Stir in the buttermilk…
…and form into a ball in the bowl
Plop on a floured surface and flatten to about 1″ thickness
Use something handy to cut the scones out
place on a lightly floured baking sheet & bake for 12-15 minutes!
English Cheddar Scones, on PhD Kitchen!
When I need some protein and I’m not willing to do much more than open a package of said protein, I reach for the tamari (that’s gluten-free soy sauce, for those who are unfamiliar) and make this superfast marinated treat.
Slice the tofu like so
Give it a quick bath in your superfast marinade
Place the tofu squares on a foiled baking sheet
Tangy Baked Tofu on PhD Kitchen!
Apple chips are one of my favorite snacks, but I hadn’t made them myself until this week. They’re essentially a dry, crunchy version of the dehydrated apples you get in health food stores. They can be eaten plain or seasoned, and made with any kind of apple you have on hand.
Apple Chips with cinnamon and sugar
Plain Apple Chips
Cut the bottoms off your apples
Put the slices in a bowl of lemon juice and water
Blot as much moisture as you can off the apple slices
Lay the slices on parchment paper
Give ’em a toss with some seasonings if you’d like!
The perfect apple chip.
These fritters are baked, not fried, and inspired by my new-found love of Southwest-inspired cooking. This recipe takes a bit of time, but is well worth it. It yields 20-25 fritters–perfect for a party snack!
Black Bean and Corn Fritters with Spicy Sour Cream Dip
They emerge crispy on the outside, and gooey on the inside!
The beans, onion, and spices get their groove on in the processor
A creamy filling
Hold the roasted corn by the husk and get ready to cut the kernels from it
Cutting the kernels
Corn kernels, cilantro, and bean mixture
Everything gets mixed
Scoop the mixture up with a small spoon
Use two small spoons to roll some of the mixture into a ball
Coat the ball in cornmeal
Once the ball is on the parchment paper, press the top down with a spoon
Ready for the oven
Black Bean and Corn Fritter