This week's Tuesdays with Dorie was selected by Mike of Living Out West: toasted almond scones. I actually "met" Mike when he won a giveaway I hosted on my blog some time ago, and we've been virtual buddies since - chatting on Twitter about all things baking-related and sharing camera advice via email. I was excited to see his turn finally come around!
These scones are full of almond goodness - almond flour, finely chopped almond pieces, almond extract, and sliced almonds on top for garnish. I actually baked the full recipe for a change this week and sent them off to work with Shane's dad, though I did cut the dough into 8 scones rather than the 12 Dorie suggests. I brushed the scones with heavy cream and sprinkled with turbinado sugar (as well as the sliced almonds) before baking. The only other change I made was to up the sugar to 3 tablespoons (from 2) as some TWD'ers mentioned the scones weren't very sweet. Full disclosure - I only ate a small piece of one of the corners that broke off a scone before giving these to Shane's dad. I was a fan - good almond flavor and a crumbly texture. I'd probably add even more sugar next time but I like everything sweet as can be so no shock there. Many thanks to Mike for hosting this week! He'll share the recipe for the scones on his blog today or you can find it on pages 28-29 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.
Can we talk about one more thing today completely unrelated to scones? Shane and I are contemplating a trip to Vegas, and while I've already received great tips from one TWD friend (thanks Jessica!) I figured it couldn't hurt to ask for input from all of you too. We're not gamblers and we've never been to Vegas so the plan is probably just to walk the strip, maybe see a show or two, hang out by the pool and most definitely check out some of the great restaurants. I'd love to hear your best Vegas advice - recommendations for must-see sights, shows, restaurants, etc would be much appreciated. Thanks :)