Butternut Squash Soup

The weather is warming up, but I promised my Butternut Squash recipe.  Hopefully, there is a cold day lingering before spring is in full bloom.  Otherwise, save this post for Winter 2013!

butternut squash soup

Ingredients
1 LB Butternut Squash cubed
1 small Onion chopped
1 1/2- 2 cups Chicken Stock
1 T Butter
2 1/2 oz heavy cream

1. Chop the onion and squash.

2. Add the chopped onion and butter to a saucepan large enough to fit all the ingredients. Cook on medium heat until the onion in translucent.

3. Add cubed butternut squash and 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock to the saucepan.

4. Simmer until the butternut squash is tender. About 15-20 minutes.

5. Remove from heat and spoon into a blender. Pureé the squash, onions and stock, then add the heavy cream. Add extra stock if needed.

6. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!It is so easy, and so delicious!

Lapsang Souchong Blood Orange Scones

Before the season is over I swore I would make Blood Orange Scones.  Today was the day!  As I was steeping a cup of Lapsang Souchong last night, I thought it would be great to add into a scone recipe.  So I saved my tea leaves, and added them into my scones this morning.

Lapsang Souchong is a black tea that has a deep, smoky flavor when brewed.  It is great to use in a rub or in a savory sauce.  Add some into brownies to enhance the chocolatey flavor.  Either way you use it, I’m sure it will be delicious!
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I also thought it would be appropriate to make them, as I am currently reading Laura Child’s Blood Orange Brewing!  A tea shop mystery series brewing with murders, clues and tea!

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Preheat oven to 425°

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp brewed Lapsang Souchong leaves
8 TBS frozen butter (grated)
1 blood orange zested
4 TBS blood orange juice
1 cup heavy cream

Directions:
1. Combine  dry ingredients into a bowl.
2. Add the tea leaves.
3. Grate the butter into the flour mixture and toss until the butter in incorporated.
4. Add the zest, juice and cream and fold together with a rubber spatula.
5. Once  everything holds together in a dough, form it into a log and cut into squares, then into triangles.
6. Place onto parchment lined baked sheet and bake for 12-16 minutes.

Serve with honey or clotted cream.

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x Miss G