Scones & Egg Cozies

>> Thursday, April 9, 2009

Weekend Knitting was the first grown-up knitting book I purchased. One of the patterns inside is the sweater egg cozies. The pattern has a caption discussing how fun it would be to serve house guests their hard-boiled eggs with these sweater cozies. I have to admit I found the whole idea a bit ridiculous but with Easter here I found myself casting on...

These little sweaters are going to hug a few hard boiled eggs on our table this year. We have a big Easter Brunch every year at my house and it is typically a movable feast. Family and close friends start trickling in mid-morning for good food, coffee, eggs, and way too much chocolate. I had debated about embroidering initials on them and using them as place settings but didn't have the time so they will just be a fun hand knit decoration.

This year we have close to twenty people and while a gathering of this size is fun for everyone it can be a little tricky with the planning of food. Of course everyone brings something but there still seems like a lot of cooking goes on. I try to makes things ahead of time and I thought I'd share something we love to eat for brunch (but only on special occasions because it is definitely not in the healthy category). I like to make scones and the whole family loves these maple scones from the Barefoot Contessa especially. Now I'm not sure if this is going to be new information for anyone or if I'm a little bit late to the party but here it goes :). I make these scones usually on Wednesday or Thursday before Easter (hopefully this afternoon I'll get to them). I don't cook them mind you I just mix and roll and cut and then place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet, cover in plastic, and into the fridge they go. I cook them straight from the fridge Easter morning and they are delicious!

I sometimes will also place the cookie sheet in the freezer (uncooked) and when they are mostly frozen I put them in zip lock bags and then put the bags in the freezer. When I want just one or two scones then I pull one out of the freezer and pop straight into the oven (add a little bit longer to cook time). This is a great way to enjoy scones whenever you want or if your family is like mine, and somebody pops in on a Sunday morning and you want to serve them a treat with their coffee.

Do any of you have any helpful recipes or tips for a crowd? Happy Easter!


Kate April 9, 2009 at 2:36 PM  

Anytime we anticipate a crowd for a holiday dinner, I generally try to order food from someone else! :)
I'll make one yummy thing, like a good pastry (those scones sound really tasty) or dessert, and the rest comes from our local fancy-pants grocery store. I'm not wild about cooking, so this takes the stress off for me.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: April 9, 2009 at 4:56 PM  

How incredibly cute :) And I love your idea of having them on the table for each guest!

Your Easter celebration sounds so nice and festive. I wish I had tips for a crowd, but typically I'm entertaining only 2 or 3 couples at a time. One thing I do to save time is to premix all dry ingredients. That way on the day of the event you just have to mix together the wet and the dry is ready and it saves lots of time and hassle.

Have a joyous Easter celebration and do try and take pictures of your table set with all these cute cozies on it!

Kathy... April 10, 2009 at 5:54 AM  

The egg sweaters are so cute, sure to an Easter hit!

I checked out the black bean brownie recipe....hoping it would be heart healthy.....but (sigh) don't think so. All that butter...... But thanks for the link, it sure in intriguing.

Karen April 10, 2009 at 8:28 AM  

Weekend Knitting is the first knitting book I ever bought too!!! (I'll refrain from admitting how many books have been added to my collection since then.)

I so love scones. I never though of making them and then freezing them to bake later. I LOVE THAT IDEA!!!! I think I'll make some up this afternoon - my hubby will be thrilled with the surprise tomorrow morning. Thanks for passing along the tip!

Karen April 10, 2009 at 8:32 AM  

Ooops, I got so excited about the scones I forgot to leave my tip. I'm in favor of anything you can make in a crockpot.

Also, my friend Cathy posted a great make-the-night-before, bake-in-the-morning recipe a few years ago. I like to make it with Cinnamon Bread - fabulous, quick and easy!! You can find it here:

stitching under oaks April 11, 2009 at 10:51 AM  

Those egg cozies are adorable. Your table will look really festive with those beauties on it. I hope your Easter is a wonderful day!

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