Berry Scones

Do You Like Scones? I Do!

[There is no picture because the scones disappeared when I went to get my phone to take a pix!]

This is berry season, and these can be made with either blueberries or blackberries. I like my scones sweet and loaded with berries, so you might want to usea little less sugar or berries. Here is the recipe I use.


2 cups all purpose flour or gluten free 1 for 1 flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

6 tablespoons really cold butter

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

2 large eggs, beaten

1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

1teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste

Demerara sugar for sprinkling on top


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray or line with parchment paper or waxed paper.

Stir the dry ingredients in a bowl until blended. Cut the butter into small bits and add it into the dry ingredients until the mixture is unevenly crumbly; use your fingers, a pastry blender, or an electric mixer. Gently mix the blueberries with the dry ingredients.

Beat the eggs. Stir together the eggs, yogurt, lemon rind, and vanilla extract. Add to the dry ingredients and stir very gently, just until combined. The dough will be quite wet, like cookie dough. Sometimes I like cinnamon or nutmeg with my cooked berry deserts, so don’t be afraid to add a bit of either as you mix in the fruit.

Scoop the dough onto the prepared sheet in 1/4-cupfuls, leaving about 2″ between each. Bigger is NOT better here. Plus, if they are too big, they will not have that lovely scone texture, and will have a zillion calories each.

Brush each ball of dough with a little milk, and sprinkle with Demerara sugar. You want the milk to help them brown and to give the sugar crystals something to stick to.

Bake the scones for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a scone comes out dry. Remove from the oven, and serve warm. Don’t poke your toothpick into a blueberry or you will not be able to tell if they are done. To reheat, zap in microwave for 20- 30 seconds or reheat in the oven wrapped in foil. Split open, butter lavishly and enjoy.


On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites Are Worlds Apart



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On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites Are Worlds Apart

About four-in-ten blacks are doubtful that the U.S. will ever achieve racial equality

Many blacks are skeptical that the country will eventually make the changes necessary for racial equality

Almost eight years after Barack Obama’s election as the nation’s first black president –an event that engendered a sense of optimism among many Americans about the future of race relations1 – a series of flashpoints around the U.S. has exposed deep racial divides and reignited a national conversation about race. A new Pew Research Center survey finds profound differences between black and white adults in their views on racial discrimination, barriers to black progress and the prospects for change.

Read more here.  For the interactive article, click here.

Conference sends teams to Orlando to offer support, witness…

The Connecticut Conference sent two teams of first responders to Orlando, Florida, to offer care, support and public witness following the mass shooting that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded, most of them part of the gay Latino/a community. The C.A.R.E. (Church Awareness Response Effort) Team is made up of members of three New England Conferences, CTUCC, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The first team of responders, The Rev. Emily Heath of Exeter, NH, and Chris Breen, a seminarian from Cambridge, MA, arrived in Orlando on the morning of June 14th in time to join a gathering with national UCC staff, Florida Conference staff and Florida pastors.

A second team of first responders composed of Connecticut clergy went to Orlando on June 15.  They are: The Rev. Thea Racelis, pastor of the South Congregational Church of Middletown, The Rev. Jack Davidson, Associate Minister of the First Church of Christ Congregational in Redding, and The Rev. Mia Douglas, Director of Discipleship at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford.

Read more here

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