Posted by: JulieAloha | March 5, 2017

365 Gratitude Project – Day 64: Bake Off

March 5, 2017

Today was our monthly Bake Off in our department – each month whomever wishes to participate brings in the fruits of their kitchen, we all share the bounty and vote on our favorites and the winner of the previous Bake Off gets to choose the subject of the next – today’s category was Scones. I’m grateful for this fun activity which was begun before I joined the Admissions team, but almost fell by the wayside. I didn’t always participate each month, but as the tradition started to fall victim to the busyness of our work, I took up the torch myself and began organizing the monthly event. It may seem a small thing in the big picture, but I think this is one of those little things which grants a great amount of quality to our lives. An opportunity for coworkers to exhibit a skill not related to our jobs, to appreciate each other’s abilities and to share a basic need, the need for food, but elevate it in celebration and fun.

I got up early this morning, measured flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and ginger and hand mixed cold butter into the flour mix. I zested two lemons and squeezed their juice, added milk and cream and vinegar, then added this to the dry mix and kneaded two balls of dough. Each ball is flattened into an inch high circle, then cut in wedges and baked until the bottoms begin to brown. As they cooled I combined melted butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla into a glaze and drizzled the icing over the warm scones. My kitchen smelled heavenly.

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