Diane, A Broad

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  • April 9, 2014

    Guys, I’m on a scone jag.

    Brown Butter Molasses Pecan Scones by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Brown Butter Molasses Pecan Scones by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Brown Butter Molasses Pecan Scones by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    A couple weeks ago I had an incredibly disappointing scone from (sigh) Starbucks. It was so unsatisfying, such an affront to the good name of moist, flavorful scones, that I made three different kinds of scones that weekend alone – making my pastry-loving friends and colleagues very happy. And my freezer very full.

    Brown Butter Molasses Pecan Scones by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    This recipe is a variation of the very first scone recipe I fell in love with, back in high school when I first discovered the magic of the oven. Rich with the mahogany sweetness of brown sugar, bumped even higher with a bit of molasses, and loaded with toasted pecans and brown butter, this is a far cry from the sad, dry scones in the coffee shop pastry case.

    Brown Butter Molasses Pecan Scones by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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  • October 18, 2013

    Sometimes, life hands you lemons. Other times, though, it hands you figs.

    Fresh Fig and Almond Breakfast Cake by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    So check it out: I go to this greasy spoon diner called Rae’s every weekend. I’m a regular. I have a “usual,” and I get slightly annoyed when someone else is sitting in my spot on the bar. (I’m short, and my favorite chair is a little bit taller than all the rest.)

    Fresh Fig and Almond Breakfast Cake by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    But it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I realized that the big tree growing just to the left of the building is, in fact, a fig tree. A fact I learned by stepping (and almost slipping) on an overripe fig on the ground. I took a few photos, then a nice old lady came out to tell me that I could take some of the ripe ones if I wanted, since they would just go to waste anyway. So I did! Because despite figs being the sexiest fruit, beautiful just torn apart and eaten raw, I had a recipe I wanted to try up my sleeve.

    Fresh Fig and Almond Breakfast Cake by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    I love a snacking cake. The kind of cake that you feel like you can eat for breakfast, or with a cup of tea, or as dessert. This cake is rustic and sturdy, requiring no creaming of butter or careful folding-in of ingredients. Just a quick mix of dry and wet ingredients, some pretty figs plopped on top, and half an hour in the oven. What a simple way to be happy.

    Fresh Fig and Almond Breakfast Cake by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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