2010 Maine Lighthouse Day and Map
Following the great success of last year's first Lighthouse Day, the 2010 Lighthouse Day has been scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2010.
State of Maine, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the American Lighthouse Foundation have again banded together to organize the second annual Maine Lighthouse Day. This year 25 of Maine's wonderful lighthouses will be open for visits by the public, including some that are not normally open for public viewing.
You'll have to transport yourself to the lighthouses, but once there you'll have a rare opportunity to view these navigational wonders, up close and personal!
Recipe: Butterscotch Drop Scones
One of the most popular scones we serve at Brewster House are our Butterscotch Drop Scones. They are super-easy to make, and very impressive. Some of our guests have heard the story that goes with the scones, but we'll repeat it here for the benefit of everyone else.
The person who first published this recipe on the internet had returned from a trip to Ireland, where he had some marvelous scones, and he swears this recipe is the very same as the scones he had in Ireland. Over our first several years at Brewster House we mentioned this to Irish guests, who all said they had never had any scones like these. One even said, "I must have lived on the wrong side of the tracks - our scones were not like these!"
Eventually a couple from England (he's Irish, she's English - and they are readers of this newsletter, so you know who you are!) had them, heard the story, and decided to figure out what the "Irish" scones could have been. Finally they hit on the answer and said, "Yellow Man." We thought we had misunderstood, but "Yellow Man" was what they described as a whipped molasses candy - in America we often see it covered with chocolate and sold as "Sea Foam." They feel certain that, instead of butterscotch, the fellow must have had scones made with chunks of Yellow Man.
In any event, we give you our version of Butterscotch Drop Scones:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, diced
- 1 cup butterscotch chips (about 6 ounces)
- 1/2 cup (or more) chilled whipping cream
- 1 large egg
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into medium bowl.
- Add chilled butter; using fingertips, rub in until coarse meal forms. Mix in chips.
- Whisk 1/2 cup cream and egg in small bowl to blend. Gradually add cream mixture to dry ingredients, tossing with fork until dough comes together in moist clumps. Add more cream by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry.
- Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls onto large rimmed baking sheet, spacing apart.
- Bake scones until golden grown and tester inserted into center just comes out clean - about 15 minutes.
- Serve warm or at room temperature
Makes about 10-12 scones.
(Still) Looking at Lighthouses
We've been looking at the lighthouses we have named rooms after. We will be doing articles on the remaining two of those, then moving on several other lighthouses that can be visited on your next trip to Freeport.
Aug 3-6 Shakespeare in the Park
Aug 4-8 Maine Lobster Festival
Aug 7 Beach to Beacon 10K
Aug 7 Mike Doughty & Christina Courtin - LL Bean Concert
Aug 20-22 Great Falls Balloon Festival
Aug 21 Maine Highland Games - Topsham
Aug 21 Ingrid Michaelson - LL Bean Summer Concert Series
Aug 28-Sep 1 Bowdoin College Orientation
Aug 31-Sep 7 Colby College Orientation and COOT
Sep 4 Bates College Orientation
Sep 4 Joshua Radin - LL Bean Summer Concert Series
Sep 3-6 Labor Day Weekend
Sep 26-30 Cumberland County Fair
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We're looking forward to your next visit to Brewster House!
Ruth & Scott