My perfect weekend morning starts a little something like this – coffee, family and a delicious bite for breakfast.
I love the ritual of enjoying a cup of coffee (or three) while just relaxing with my husband Scott, reading a good book and cuddling with our dog Doug. Ever since Scott and I have been together we’ve enjoyed this morning ritual and we’ve tried many types of coffee at home along the way.
One of my favourite breakfast spots in Calgary, Alforno Bakery & Café, has my absolute favourite coffee and you can usually find me there once a week enjoying breakfast and an Americano. I didn’t actually know one could purchase coffee beans to take home from Alforno until very recently. So, the last time I visited I was treated to a bag of coffee beans to take home and try.
The coffee is from Paradise Mountain, a Coffee Roaster based right here in Calgary!
‘The owners of Paradise Mountain are family; we are the coffee farmers and we put our care of the earth and the people who live on it into everything we do’
I love how Paradise Mountain talks about their business as a family and having visited Alforno on many occasions I can see why they have a partnership to deliver amazing coffee to the Calgary community. Plus, they supply their divine blend of coffee to all the restaurants in the Teatro Group which Alforno is a part of.
One way I enjoy brewing coffee at home is with my French press and that is how Scott and I enjoyed the medium-blend of Paradise Mountain Organic Coffee. The coffee was light and smooth and paired perfectly with my Saskatoon Berry Lemon Scones!
Sometimes on mornings where I have a bit more energy I hop into the kitchen to make us baked good too. I usually go for a fairly easy recipe and get inspired by what is in the fridge. This is exactly how my Saskatoon Berry Lemon Scones recipe came to be as I had some frozen Saskatoon berries just waiting to be baked into something delicious. Plus, I needed something to go with our delightful coffee! So here is the recipe:
Total time: 1 hour
Equipment: baking sheet, parchment paper
3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp lemon zest (about half a lemon)
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
1 cup Saskatoon berries (you can substitute blueberries)
1 ¼ – 1 ½ cups 2% milk
1/4 cup milk for brushing
Pre-heat your oven to 375F and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder and stir with a whisk or fork to combine.
Then, stir in the lemon zest.
Cut the butter into cubes, add to the flour mixture and then using your fingers combine the butter into the flour mixture until you get small pieces of butter left. Add in the berries to the flour mixture and stir gently.
Stir in 1 ¼ cup of milk until the dough just comes together. If you notice the dough is still a bit dry / there is flour remaining, add in an extra ¼ cup of milk.
Take the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface and knead gently, turning over about 2-3 times and then shape the dough into a rectangular disc.
Cut the dough into 8 triangles and put each scone onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the tops of each scone with a little bit of milk and then bake in the oven for 22-25 minutes until golden on top.
These beautiful scones went wonderfully with the smoothe, light flavour of the Paradise Mountain Organic Coffee and was the perfect combination for my weekend morning.
I hope my weekend ritual inspires you to create a ritual of your own with family and friends. Enjoy a little quiet time in the morning (if you can), chat with one another and enjoy a cup of coffee. And, one of these Saskatoon Berry Lemon Scones while you’re at it!
And for those of you in Calgary, stop by Alforno to pickup a bag of coffee to take home and try during your morning rituals (you won’t regret it!)
Until the next cooking adventure,