Freshly Baked Fun at Great Harvest Bread Company in Chapel Hill NC

We know. We hear you. “Where are the new recipes?!”, you say.

We’ve been holding out on you and for that we’re sorry.  But we promise that will be changing very soon. A sincere thanks for your patience as we get ourselves sorted out this month.

You see, it’s been pretty hectic at our house. Harrison is finishing up school and getting ready for graduation in a few weeks (hooray!). And we’re getting ready to move to Stowe, Vermont for the summer where we’ll be helping out on a nearby organic produce and flower farm (double hooray). And we’re also making plans for another new adventure that takes us back south in the fall (details to come!).

We’re also apparently trying to create a new world record for number of round-trip visits to North Carolina in the span of 30 days (one more to go!). We’re on the road again and again and again…

On this latest visit my brother and I met up in NC and headed to Chapel Hill to check in on our dad and step-mom who just opened the doors to their new bakery and café!

It’s amazing what your parents will get into after their kids fly the coop.

In late March they purchased the existing Great Harvest Bread shop in Chapel Hill from its former owners who were ready to transition on. They closed up shop for a few weeks, remodeled the store, put their own touches on the space and now they are off and running with my dad at the helm as the new managing baker (aka the sponge and dough man). And let me tell you friends. The man can bake!


And bake he does, starting bright and early Mondays through Saturdays at 4:30am. He mills his own flour on-site and bakes up fresh breads, warm cookies and scrumptious fruit-filled scones and muffins daily.

We arrived on blueberry scone day. Lucky us. YUUUM!


Right by his side is our step-mom Cathy who is all smiles and has the counter covered serving up free samples (including granola!), rich coffee and some fine-looking fresh bread sandwiches.


Family or not, you better believe we took advantage of all of those freshly baked samples. Our personal favorite? Their cinnamon swirl bread which my brother sliced up thick to whip up some ooey gooey delicious Mother’s Day French Toast. Oh and the warm rosemary garlic bread with a smear of melted butter – hello savory flavor.


If you live in the Chapel Hill area or find yourself traveling through, we would love it if you stopped in and said hello (walk in all VIP-like and ask for Cathy and Jeff). It’s a big new adventure for them and we know how much they will appreciate your support. Please tell them we sent you and don’t forget to let us know what you taste-tested!

Great Harvest Bread Company
229 South Elliott Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Hours: Monday –  Saturday, 7:00am – 6:00pm

Until we celebrate new beginnings again,

A+H

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Warm Cheddar And Chive Scones {Sunday Brunch}

So we’re really into scones right now.  You might remember last week we shared a sweet apple and cinnamon recipe, so this Sunday we thought we would flip the switch and prepare a savory treat.  Combining our beloved Cabot cheese with fresh chives from our cute little patio garden, we have for you today a “can’t-stop-eating” brunch treat

Cabot Cheddar and Chive Scone Recipe

Cup of coffee. Warm cheddar scone. Happy Sunday.

Let’s let loose on some Warm Cheddar & Chive Scones shall we?

Ingredients for your dough:

  • (1) cup of heavy cream
  • (2) and (1/2) cups of all-purpose flour
  • (6) tablespoons of sugar
  • (1) and (1/2) tablespoons of baking powder
  • (1/2) teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • (1) and (1/2) sticks of unsalted butter

1.  Pre-heat your oven on 350 degrees (conventional) /  or 325 degrees it you have a convection oven.

2.  In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients from above.

3.  Cut your sticks of butter into squares and add to your dry mixture.

Cabot Cheddar and Chive Scone Recipe

Just pretend you didn't see all this butter. We're baking. It's allowed.

4.  Get your hands into it and combine the butter with your dry mixture.  You want to create a mealy texture (similar to biscuit dough).

Cabot Cheddar and Chive Scone Recipe

You want your mixture to be pretty granular. Mixing by hand helps you gauge it.

5.  Next, create a well in the center of your mixture.

6. In your fancy well, add your deliciously rich heavy cream.  Set aside and move on to prep your garnish below.

Cabot Cheddar and Chive Scone Recipe

Fill that "well" friends.

 
Ingredients for your “goodness” – your cheddar/chives garnish

  • (1) and (1/2) tablespoons of fresh parsley
  • (1) and (1/3) cups of grated Cabot Smooth Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • (2) and (1/2) tablespoons of fresh chives
  • (1/2) teaspoons of black pepper
  • (1/2) teaspoons of ground paprika

7.  In a medium bowl, combine your cheese, parsley, chives, pepper and paprika by hand.

Cabot Cheddar and Chive Scone Recipe

Cheese. Chives. Paprika. So savory and good.

8.  Then, add your ”goodness” mixture to your dough mixture, placing your cheddar goodness around your cream-filled well. Confused? See picture.

Cabot Cheddar and Chive Scone Recipe

Ingredients ready for mixing. Counter floured for rolling.

9. Next, put those hands to work again and start folding all of the ingredients together.  You want to create a good, pliable dough that’s somewhat tacky.

10.  Set your bowl o’ dough aside and next clear off a little counter space or pull out a large cutting board and coat freely with flour.

11.  Remove your yummy dough from the bowl and place it on your floured surface.

12.  Sprinkle the top of your dough with flour to create a good surface for your rolling-pin.

13.  Begin rolling out your dough until you achieve a (1/2) inch thickness.

Cabot Cheddar and Chive Scone Recipe

You are looking to roll your dough until it is approx. 1/2 inch thick.

14.  Now, cut your dough into your preferred size and shape. 

Cabot Cheddar and Chive Scone Recipe

Feel free to let loose with different scone shapes. We did half in rounds, half in triangles.

15.  Arrange your scones on an ungreased baking pan and cook on 350 degrees for 20 minutes, rotating the pan 180 degrees in the oven after the first 10 minutes to help them cook evenly.
(For better color, egg wash the top of each scone)

Cabot Cheddar and Chive Scone Recipe

Look who's ready to be baked. This recipe yields approx. 15 sinfully delicious scones.

16.  Pull them out, take a deep inhale, plate up and enjoy!

Cabot Cheddar and Chive Scone Recipe

Enjoy, but watch out for stalkers.

Until we bake again,

A + H

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Warm Cinnamon Apple Scones {Sunday Brunch}

Hi friends. We hope you’re loving fall as much as we are.  There is just something about the crisp cool air, the rich colored leaves, the re-emergence of pumpkins, Indian corn and warm cider that just makes us want to snuggle up and bake, bake, bake. 

Last week my adorable mom flew into town while Harrison was away to keep me company and to have her own New England fall foliage experience.  More on that later but one of the perfectly Vermont adventures we had was heading over to the charming Shelburne Orchards for apple picking and well, all things apple. (Thanks to Susan for the recommendation!)  That day trip just so happened to inspire today’s cozy Sunday brunch treat. 

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

Soft. Warm. Airy.

Let’s let loose on some Warm Cinnamon Apple Scones shall we?

Ingredients for your dough:

  • (1) cup of heavy cream
  • (2) and (1/2) cups of all-purpose flour
  • (6) tablespoons of sugar
  • (1) and (1/2) tablespoons of baking powder
  • (1/2) teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • (1) and (1/2) sticks of unsalted butter

1.  Pre-heat your oven on 350 degrees (conventional) /  or 325 degrees if you have a convection oven.

2.  In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients from above. 

3.  Cut your sticks of butter into squares and add to your dry mixture. 

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

somehow butter just makes life better.

4.  Get your hands into it and combine the butter with your dry mixture.  You want to create a mealy texture (similar to biscuit dough). 

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

You want your mixture to be pretty granular. Mixing by hand helps you gauge it.

5.  Next, create a well in the center of your mixture. 

6. In your fancy well, add your deliciously rich heavy cream.  Set aside and move on to prep your garnish below.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

Fill that "well" friends.

Ingredients for your “goodness” – your apple garnish

  • (1) and (3/4) cups of freshly picked apples … or store-bought…finely diced
  • (1) tablespoon of lemon zest
  • (1) tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • (1) teaspoon of ground allspice
  • (1/2) cup of brown sugar

7.  Get your “knife-skills-on” by finely dicing your fresh apples.  As you dice, drop the apples in a cold water bath (with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice… from your “zested” lemon) to quickly soak little by little.  Once done dicing, drain your apples.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Quartered apples

Peel your apples first, then quarter removing core, stem and seeds.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

Finely diced and quickly soaked. The lemon juice keeps the apples from browning.

8.  In a medium bowl, combine your drained apples with your lemon zest, cinnamon, allspice and brown sugar.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Mixture Ingredients

Yes. It smells as good as it looks.

9.  Combine all the ingredients by hand in your bowl.  Then, add your “goodness” mixture to your dough mixture, placing your apple goodness around your cream-filled well. Confused? See picture.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

Apple meet flour. Cinnamon meet heavy cream. Ready to mix together!

10. Next, put those hands to work again and start folding all of the ingredients together.  You want to create a good, pliable dough that’s somewhat tacky.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Apple Baking Mixture

Yep, we like using our hands. Best tool we have.

11.  Set your bowl o’ dough aside and next clear off a little counter space or pull out a large cutting board and coat freely with flour.

12.  Remove your yummy dough from the bowl and place it on your floured surface.

13.  Sprinkle the top of your dough with flour to create a good surface for your rolling-pin.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Dough

Adding a little flour helps to keep the dough from sticking to your rolling-pin.

14.  Begin rolling out your dough until you achieve a (1/2) inch thickness.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Rolling Pin

We finally got a rolling-pin! Thanks Pops!

15.  Now, cut your dough into your preferred size and shape.  We used the bottom of a small rocks glass to create biscuit-like rounds.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

After you cut out your scones and remove, mold your remaining dough sections together. Roll and repeat.

16.  Arrange your scones on an ungreased baking pan and cook on 350 degrees for 20 minutes, rotating the pan 180 degrees in the oven after the first 10 minutes to help them cook evenly.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Baking

This recipe yields approx. 15 scones. This can vary based on size.

17.  Pull them out, savor a big whiff and enjoy! 

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

Pair with cider and the crisp outdoors.

Until we bake again,

A + H

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