Sunday, April 5, 2020

Vanilla Bean Scones

Vanilla Bean Scones

Because it's fun to bake with friends even from far away...
Open up your favourite video conferencing tool and make a date to hang out and bake with your favourite people!

Materials needed:
3 baking sheets (at least 1 with sides)
at least 1 cooling rack
parchment paper or silicone baking mats
pastry blender
rolling pin
various measuring cups
large flat knife
large mixing bowl
medium mixing bowl


2 vanilla beans (or 2 tsp vanilla)
3/4 cup heavy cream

3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cups granulated sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
1 egg

1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla)
1/2 cup whole milk
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

1) Split 2 vanilla beans down the middle lengthwise. Scrape out all the caviar inside and stir caviar into cream along with the pods; set aside for 15 minutes. (If no vanilla beans, simply add vanilla to cream and set aside.)

2) Sift together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into large mixing bowl. Incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender or your fingertips until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Remove pods from the cream (if you were using them) and mix cream mixture with the egg, then add it to the flour mixture; stir gently with a fork just until it just comes together. The mixture should resemble biscuit dough.

3) Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and press it together, forming a rough rectangle. (Mixture will still be slightly crumbly.) Use a rolling pin to roll into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut the rectangle into 12 squares. Then slice each square in half diagonally, to form two triangles.

4) Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner and bake until cooked through, but not yet golden, about 15-18 minutes. Edges/corners should just be starting to show colour. Cool for 15 minutes.

5) Mix glaze ingredients together with a whisk in medium mixing bowl. Dip cooled scones into glaze to coat them entirely, then transfer to a cooling rack to dry and harden.  (I usually put a cookie sheet underneath to catch the drips.)

They are best once totally hardened, which takes at least 30 minutes. Good luck getting your family to wait that long.

Makes 24 large scones.  Scones can also be cut in half, before going on baking sheet, to make mini scones. Reduce cooking time if you do that.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Sunday Morning in Isolation - Do Not Fear

(I'm publishing this ahead of time for those who want to print it and use it for their Sunday morning Family Worship.)

It has been said that there are 365 verses in the Bible that say “Do not fear”. My research indicates that’s not entirely true, but the idea is certainly pervasive throughout Scripture.

Take a few moments to dig through your Bible to find verses where God is telling people not to fear. (If you are having a hard time, I’ve listed a few below.)

As you read through these verses, consider the following:

What was the person afraid of in each of the scriptures that you come across?

What was God’s response/promise to that fear?

1 Samuel 12:20 
2 Kings 6:15-17 
Daniel 10:12, 19 
Deuteronomy 20:8 
Matthew 10:26, 28 
Matthew 10:31 
Luke 5:8-10

Are you worried or anxious or nervous or fearful about anything right now? 

Whether you find a passage in Scripture that speaks to your specific situation or not, rest assured that God has not forgotten or abandoned you.  In John 14:27 Jesus tells his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Watch this video, which so beautifully puts into perspective God’s character, and his loving promises (found in Psalm 23) to be with us through everything, in the midst of our uncertainty.

Take some time to pray, confessing your fears to God and then letting go of them into His very capable hands. Pray for those who do not yet know Jesus as their Saviour, that they may be introduced to the Prince of Peace and find rest from their worries. Ask God to help you be an effective witness of what it looks like to trust God with everything.

Finally, worship with us as we sing these two songs!

Whom Shall I Fear

You Never Let Go