Books & Bakes: Vol. 1 - Cheddar Zucchini Scones & The Huntress by Kate Quinn
Updated: May 4
Mood Music: Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
My dear friend Natasha (@natashaniezgoda) and I love getting together to try out new recipes and update each other on our lives... typically, conversations swirl around our home improvement tasks, her cute pets, and, of course, our love of books! From that, "Books and Bakes" was born... an event where we cook or bake together and discuss a book (or books) we are reading.
While this post is a long overdue, the recipe and the book are both so good that I could not skip past them. Natasha lent me her book The Huntress, by Kate Quinn, and I loved it. This book is about dynamic women during and following WWII: one who escapes a terrible home life to fly bomber planes for the Russian military, one young American photo journalist who is convinced her father married a former Nazi, and another former-German who will do anything to get a second identity after the war. They are all connected through murders committed by The Huntress. I sped through this book and couldn't wait to discover all of the pieces of the puzzle. Definitely recommend!
To go with this dark and thrilling book, I wanted something warm and comforting, and for whatever reason I was craving scones. Natasha had some zucchinis from her garden so I found this fantastic recipe from Baker By Nature and just had to make it. This was my first foray into savory scones, and I. Am. Hooked. We ate them with chili and it was the perfect combination. This scone reminded us of chili's usual sidekick, cornbread, where you are not quite sure it it is sweet or savory. The crispy cheddar crust of the scone is just too good, and the zucchini makes the inside of the scone moist and delicious, but is not overpowering in flavor. Next time I bake them I think I will add a little more salt and a little less sugar than recommended because I felt like it could use that punch to really bring out the flavors, and I will bake it a little longer as well. Don't be afraid to get some color on your scones!
Click here for the recipe:
I am a very visual person, and I felt a little lost by her instructions at one point, so I made a chart so you can see what to put in each bowl: