WGN Morning News Features Last Minute Gift-Giving Ideas & a Stress-free Recipe from the Shops of Long Grove
On Monday, December 22, we talked local, last minute holiday gifts galore from our independently-owned shops on WGN Morning News, and Gerri Gwarnicki from High Tea with Gerri shared a simple no-stress scone recipe using many ingredients already found in your home around the holidays.
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We featured many unique gift ideas from our charming shops including:
- Mangel Gifts: Spinning Silver Holiday Candle Holder
- Epilogue: Handmade Mesh Angel
- Within Reach: Holiday Cheese Plate and Child’s Christmas Clothing Ensemble
- The Pear Tree Shoppe (Long Grove’s Year Round Christmas Shop): Santa Checking His List Collection
Gifts for the Foodie:
- The Olive Tap: Taste of Italy Gift Box with Dipper Set
- Galena Canning Company: Gift basket with Chef Ivo’s famous sauces
- Broken Earth Winery: Two bottle Gift Box of 2010 Broken Earth Winery Reserve Petit Verdot; Peppermint Bottle Stopper; Peppermint Cocktail Napkins; Red Cheers Flask
- Ma & Pa’s Candy: Old Fashion Holiday Ribbon candy
Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything:
- The Back Porch: Corinthian Wind Chimes
- Paddy’s on the Square: Authentic Irish Sweater
- Neumann’s Cigars & More: Game-used White Sox bat bottle opener and a black bifold wallet with game used Blackhawks Jersey, inside
Make Gerri’s Stress-free Cranberry Scone Recipe
Yields 25 scones
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1.5 sticks of butter (room temperature)
2 1/2 cups 2% milk
1 cup dried cranberries
4 oz jar of Devonshire cream
1 jar of lemon preserves
1 jar of strawberry jam
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and butter into crumbles with your fingers
Next, add cranberries to dry mix.
In a separate bowl, lightly whisk egg and milk.
Add egg and milk mixture to dry ingredients and lightly mix with a fork until dough is a consistency that is not runny and holds its shape.
Scoop 1 inch round clusters of the mix onto 2 cookie sheets, spaced 1 inch apart.
Brush a little milk on top of the scones for a golden look.
Bake in oven for 15 minutes, until lightly brown on top.
Serve scones on individual-sizes plates with a teaspoon each of Devonshire cream, lemon preserves, and strawberry jam, along with your favorite tea.
- Devonshire cream is a pure, rich English cream available at specialty stores including Whole Foods and Sunset Foods.
- Instead of hand-mixing, you can use a food processor to combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and butter. Mix for about 1 minute. And and an electric mixer to combine flour mixture with the egg and milk on slow speed for about 1 minute, increasing to a medium speed for about 2 minutes or until mixture is well combined.
- However, do not over-mix. The less you mix, the softer the scones will be.
- This recipe is easy to modify. Can substitute buttermilk for 2%, margarine for butter, etc and you can scoop out more than 1 tablespoon of dough for larger scones, or less than a tablespoon of dough for smaller scones (great for serving children).