I've received these jar mixes as gifts on a few occasions & I think they are super cool. I've never made one--until now! I'll be making this craft with my MOPS group (Mothers Of PreSchoolers) in the coming months. But, Fall is approaching & I thought that it would be a great way to welcome that lovely season that I call "favorite". And this morning when I woke up to a breezy & grey outdoors, I thought it was the perfect time to grab my jar of scone mix & bake up some warm breakfast treats for the girls & I.
-2 CUPS all-purpose unbleached flour-1/2 CUP vanilla sugar** (I just used regular sugar.)
-1/4 CUP nonfat dry milk powder-2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp dried lemon peel-1/4 tsp salt
-1/3 CUP shortening-1 CUP dried apricots (or blueberries, cranberries, etc.)
INSTRUCTIONS:Stir together flour, sugar, milk, baking powder, lemon peel & salt. Cut in the shortening using a pastry cutter or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Layer the dried ingredients & the apricots (or other dried fruit) into one-quart canning jar, tapping gently on counter between layers to settle before adding the next. (I just plopped my dry ingredients on the bottom & the fruit on top.) Stores at room temperature for up to six weeks, or freeze for up to six months.
**To make vanilla sugar, fill one-quart jar with sugar. Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise & add both halves to sugar. Flavor gets better after a couple of weeks, & it will keep as long as regular sugar.
Print out the instructions for baking onto a gift tag. Attach it to the jar & you're done! It's ready for keeping OR gifting!
Stir until just moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface... ...& quickly knead for 12-15 strokes or until nearly smooth.
Pat to 1/2" thickness.
Cut into desired shape & place 1" apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
I brushed my slice with butter & quickly consumed.
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I got the idea from the June 2008 issue of Crafts 'n things. Recipe courtesy of Recipe Goldmine.
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