Friday, January 04, 2008

the twelve treats of Christmas: day 10

On the tenth day of Christmas, orenji catering made for me...

Something curious happened this winter holiday season... the return of the holiday brunch! Our assorted holiday scones, in three flavors, were one of our most popular sellers. We were delighted, here in our snug and warm orenji kitchen, but somewhat surprised as well. The popularity of the scones secures them a place on day 10 of the twelve treats of Christmas 2007.

This year, we made three delicious varieties of scones-- the popular breakfast and snack treat that originated in Scotland. Dense and moist, leavened with baking powder, these tasty pastries are satisfying, but not overly sweet. The first variety (pictured above) began with delicious Anjou pears, which we caramelized slowly on the stovetop, and then folded them into a scone batter rich with vanilla, cinnamon, and other warm spices. A deliciously sweet maple glaze topped these already delicious scones!

Our second variety of holiday scones (not pictured) were chock full of toasted pistachios, dried cranberries, and bittersweet chocolate chips. Topped with Demerara sugar, these scones packed a flavorful punch!

The third variety of scones we baked up in the orenji kitchens are our most popular breakfast treat-- pumpkin spice scones (pictured below). With a base of oven-roasted sugar pumpkin, accentuated by freshly ground cinnamon and nutmeg, minced fresh ginger, and Tahitian vanilla bean, these scones are the perfect snack for any time.

Alas, faithful readers, we are drawing close to the end of our countdown of the twelve treats of Christmas 2007. But not to fear! That only means we will have more time to recount our 2008 creations... as well as some from the orenji archives. Keep checking back!

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