Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn's Whipped Cream Scones

"Leave my scones alone, you can get your own", there are so many more lines to this song, but I cannot remember them.

Ahhhh, terrific memories from our visit to Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn in Ahmeek, MI the week of Thanksgiving 2012.  How did we end up there you ask?  Well, in 1999, while pregnant with my first child, hubby and I made the 22 hour drive to stay in an actual Lighthouse. A dream come true for husband, and for me, also.  The innkeepers, Bill & Mary Frabotta, were incredibly warm and inviting.  And the lighthouse was truly a "getaway".  Quiet, lovely, relaxing.  After leaving there, my husband designed their website, and to the day, maintains their web presence.  It's a long drive, but WELL worth the trip.  It was like staying in a castle by the lake, and being treated like royalty.

For many years, Bill & Mary have BEGGED us to come visit, and this year we decided to put the dog in the kennel, pack up all three kids in our minivan, and make the trek up to the Copper Harbor region of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and visit Bill & Mary and The Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn.  From the moment we arrived, until three days later, we enjoyed laughter, peace, rest, and lots and lots of food.  Mary is an enviable cook, as his her mate Bill.  I gained AT LEAST 10 lbs in our short stay.  One of my son's favorite was the Whipped Cream Scones.  In fact, it created such a stir that Mary wrote us a song.  I hold out hope that she will record it and send it to us!  Such joy!

When planning our annual Christmas breakfast with my parents, my son said "oh, Mom, you HAVE to make the scones".  And so....I did.  Using all Aldi ingredients.  The were easier than I anticipated, and turned out very delicious!

I recommend them topped with the Berry Hill Raspberry Preserves!

In the coming weeks, I hope to recreate a few of Mary's delicious recipes ala Aldi-style.

Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn Whipped Cream Scones

2 3/4 Cups Grandma's Best Flour
6 Tbs. Grandma's Best Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 Tbs Baker's Corner Baking Powder
1 tsp. Sebree Salt
1 stick Country Creamery Unsalted Butter
2 Golden Hen Eggs
1 Cup Friendly Farms Heavy Whipping Cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl.

In another bowl, beat the two eggs until frothy.  Add one cup whipping cream and beat.  Add this mixture to the flour/butter mixture and combine thoroughly with a spoon until a dough forms.

Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness on a pastry cloth and cut into desired shapes.  Sprinkle with granulated sugar (I forgot this step! so I sprinkled with powdered sugar!!!!).  Place on a parchment-line baking sheet.

Bake at 400 for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 10 more minutes.

Mary's note:  If baking in a convection oven, bake at 356 degrees for 11 minutes.

We enjoyed them thoroughly, but all agreed that Mary makes them better! :)  WE MISS YOU MERRY MARY & BILL! <3

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