Thursday, April 9, 2009

Blueberry crumb cake and cheddar dill scones

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Thursdays are breakfast days in my office, which means that each week, one of us is assigned to bring breakfast for everyone. It’s almost always bagels, with doughnuts thrown in now and then. When it’s my turn to bring breakfast, I like to do something a little different if I have the time. This was my week to bring food, and I decided to do some baking. I don’t really like to eat sweet things in the morning, so I made both sweet and savory options.

The sweet option was blueberry crumb cake, from the Everyday Food cookbook. I thought it would be a more unique take on your typical blueberry muffin. This cake was quite simple to make, and benefited from a delicious streusel topping. I used frozen blueberries, which worked out well. The blueberries are tossed in a bit of flour first so that they don't sink to the bottom of the cake. A small amount of allspice adds a nice background flavor.

For the savory option, I made cheddar dill scones from the Barefoot Contessa cookbook. I can’t even remember the last time I made scones, it’s probably been years. I had no trouble with these, and tried to put up my blinders when it came to the fat content. So. much. butter. cream. and cheese. But let’s not think about that! These scones are full of fresh dill, which is one of my favorite herbs.

The verdict? I would definitely make the coffee cake again. The scones were good, but in my opinion, not worth the calories. That being said, the scones disappeared faster than the cake. I think that people were a little relieved not to see bagels for the 5th week in a row!

71 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

The scones look wonderful, as does the blueberry cake!

unconfidential cook said...

I've watched Ina make those cheddar dill scones and always wondered about them (I don't make them either): So, not worth the calories...good to know, thanks...

Reeni♥ said...

What nice little breakfast treats! How sweet you are to bake for it. They both look delicious. I just bought some fresh dill, too, it smells wonderful.

Helene said...

I'll have to find the recipe for the blueberry crumb cake. I'll like to make it for next week. Looks so good.

Julia said...

I love the cheddar dill scones... if I had been in your office, I so would have gobbled those up.

I made some cheddar-bacon scones recently.. and it looked like they had a ton of calories (with all the cream and butter, etc.) but when I actually calculated it out, it was only 160 each. Go figure. Maybe yours are worth the calories?

Sarah Herman said...

The cake looks delicious and I have made the scones. I agree with the fact that they are not worth the calories!

Elyse said...

What lucky coworkers! I'm pretty sure I would've had helpings of the crumb cake and scones. Of course, we all know that I'm a sweets-girl at heart, meaning I would've gone back for seconds with the crumb cake :) Everything looks delicious!

Ingrid said...

I don't think you need to worry about one (fatty, ha-ha) scone!:-) That blueberry crumb cake looks good. It looks nice and moist one of the things coffee cakes don't usually seem to be.
~ingrid

SUGAMAMA'S CAFE' said...

Oh Sara, you're killing me... Such yummness..... Thanks for always leaving a little sum um sum um....
Have a great weekend!
Peace ~M~

Christina Kim said...

Hmm. I think I'd also go for the blueberry cake over the scones too! Beautiful job, as usual!

Lisa said...

Lucky coworkers you have !

Tracey said...

Both options look delicious! I've got a soft spot for blueberry crumb cake though. I bet your coworkers are so excited when it's your turn to bring something and they get a break from the same old boring thing :)

Sharon said...

I'm sure your coworkers love you! No prepackaged bagels there!

Angie's Recipes said...

Blueberry streusel coffee cake is beyond the description. I don't eat the sweet food in the morning, but this one would be the exception.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh Sara-- I love them both, but that crumb cake I am making it..

Amanda from Mrs.W's Kitchen said...

Yum-my! I'm sure your coworkers appreciated the effort, too. But oh, I sure don't miss working in a place where they bring in goodies! *eek*

Leslie said...

I love Blueberries Sarah! The crumbcake.. ahhhh that got me! You make YUM YUM Stuff, wanna come to my house!!!
Leslie
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Cassie said...

That cake is just calling to me. And I wouldn't kick those scones out of bed either!

lisaiscooking said...

Wow. They both look fantastic! I've been wanting to try Ina's cheddar dill scones, but maybe I'll wait until I can burn some extra calories the day I make them!

Netts Nook said...

Always sweets in the morning. They both look tasty, one of each works for me beats beagles any day.

Cheryl said...

Man I want to work in your office! I have never made scones in my life, yours look yummy!

Nazarina A said...

I am sure your co workers were ecstatic at your wonderful effort, baking home made goodness!

stephchows said...

What fun! I love bringing in things to work to share with my coworkers :) I work in a small place, only 8 of us, so it's easy to bring something in for everyone :)

Elra said...

Sara, I am eying on that savory scones... sounds so perfect for brunch. And the blueberry cake look so moist and delicious too.
Cheers,
elra

leslie said...

both look delicious , i've made those scones before and i thought they were totally worth it. with all that fat in them you are satisfied and won't eat more. they just have to be a special occasion recipe for me.

Pam said...

I love blueberry crumb cake - yours looks great. I've never thought to add dill to scones. Great recipes.

Sara said...

These sound like a lovely change from bagels.

teresa said...

What a fun place to work, bringing each other breakfast! Both of these look marvelous!

Diana said...

I bet everyone in your office loves you! How sweet of you to make such wonderful morning treats for everyone. That coffee cake looks really good -- I could go for a slice of that right now! :)

Pearl said...

the cheddar dill scones sound so interesting!

Natashya said...

Mmm, now that is worth going to work for! I would have had one of each. Two if nobody was looking.

The Blonde Duck said...

I can't believe the cake didn't dissapear! Of course, I could always help with that.....

Live.Love.Eat said...

I hope that my new job next week brings opportunities like this. I love when people do that for the workplace. The crumb cake looks delish!!!!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Your co-workers are very lucky to get such great breakfast treats!

Cathy said...

Too bad you weren't fond of the scones - I love fress dill and cheddar. I still may try them though - every now and then a fresh scone makes everything better.

Juliana said...

Both scones look great...don't worry about the fat content...after all life should be enjoyed :-)

Katherine Aucoin said...

The both look sensational! I'd love to have breakfast at your house! Happy Easter Sara!

Monica H said...

They both look great!

Happy Easter!

Kevin said...

That blueberry crumb cake looks good! And the cheesy scones...mmm...

Jan said...

I bet your co-workers are so pleased when your turn for breakfast comes around. These both look scrumptious, sorry that you thought the scones were a bit of a disappointment, it sounds like your friends disagreed.

girlichef said...

These do both look amazing...but I want one of those scones pretty badly right now :)

thecleanveggie said...

those blueberry scones sound awesome :D

finsmom said...

I am so making those scones! Yum!
Another great recipe!

Claudia said...

I love that you had to make sweet and savory. I couldn't choose - I'd want a little of each. They are beautiful... and I have some blueberries left from last year and the dill should be at Farmer's market soon ... always thinking.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

They sound delicious and I like how you've calculated the taste vs calories equation for the scones. That's a measure often overlooked!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'd say your office is very lucky to have you!

n.o.e said...

Both of these treats look delicious, Sara. I wonder how the blueberry crumb cake compares to Dorie's. And you've put your finger on why I don't bake or eat scones. Yipes! Artery alert!
Nancy

Grace said...

your post features one thing i desperately love and one thing i can't bring myself to enjoy. can you guess which is which? crumb cake rules. :)

Half Baked said...

WOW I don't know which one I want more! They both look delish!
Also, I gave you an award on my blog:)

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Good job bringing something different. It's hard to do during the week sometimes.
I agree it better be fab if it's going to have 1000s of cal.
Happy Easter

Maris said...

I've never had savory scones before but these look so good! I love sweet scones so maybe the next ones I try will be cheddar, etc.``

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

darn... I was thinking the scones looked awesome, but if they're not worth the calories, I'm going to stay away. :(

Dragon said...

I would have loved these for breakfast. Yum!

Jessica604 said...

At first I misread the blog title, and thought you were making some fusion of chedder / dill / blueberry scone. :p

Still sounds delicious, and you never fail to impress with your photos!

Steph said...

I'm sure the people at your office were glad that you were bringing breakfast and can't wait until it's your turn again! Cheddar and dill sounds like a great combination, I think I might give that a try for the next scones I make.

Olga said...

Love dill and cheddar! Awesome combo: people must love when it's your turn to bring food ;)

Ingrid said...

Just wanted to tell you Happy Easter, Sara!
~ingrid

Jamie said...

Wow, Sara! I'd love to work in your office! Both of these treats look fabulous!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Two gorgeous treats! I'll have a bite of both, please ;-p

Cheers,

Rosa

Lori Lynn said...

Being a savory gal, I'll take the scones!

Happy Easter Sara!
Lori Lynn

The Caked Crusader said...

That blueberry cake looks gorgeous - it's my favourite kind of cake with fruit and crumbly goodness!

Happy easter

lesley said...

Amazing looking scones!

Gloria Chadwick said...

Both of these look delicious, but I'd go for the Blueberry Crumb Cake since I love blueberries. :)

Jaime said...

those scones look great - you should try the apple cheddar scones in my blog

Priscilla said...

The blueberry cake looks so amazing! I'd love some for breakfast!

Selba said...

This is wonderful blueberry crumb cake! And the cheddar dill scones looks yummy...

Bharti said...

I wish I worked with you! These treats would be lovely for breakfast.

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

Wow! Everything looks so delicious. I want to try that soup.

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

Whoops, I left the comment on the wrong post but this post looks equally delicious...I want to try those scones..I've never had a savory scones...only sweet.

Chef E said...

I had a dream about making scones...my last gluten free batch was like bricks, if you did not eat them right out of the oven, as they say in Jersey 'forget about it'!

Nice combo of flavors going on, hubby would love these!

Jeph said...

That blueberry crumbcake looks sooooo good! MMMM!