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Get Sweet on Galentine’s Day

Get Sweet on Galentine’s Day

Women have long celebrated each other, usually in subtle, small ways. But now more of them are doing so in a much grander style with an almost official holiday, Galentine’s Day, and for that, you can thank Leslie Knope.

Knope, the character portrayed by actress Amy Poehler in the NBC series “Parks and Recreation,” introduced Galentine’s Day in a 2010 episode of the sitcom. We’ll let Leslie tell you what it’s all about as only Leslie can:

“Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Of course, Leslie being Leslie, and being very creative, crafty, and kind, took the celebration over the top. Actually, way over the top. She gave each of her gal pals a gift bag filled with a bouquet of hand-crocheted flower pens, a mosaic portrait of them made from the crushed bottles of their favorite diet soda, and a personalized 5,000-word essay of why they’re so awesome. And then Leslie outdid herself in a second Galentine’s episode, which aired in 2014, making each friend a needlepoint pillow featuring their faces and the leading newspaper headline from the day they were born.

Since then, Galentine’s Day has taken off in popular culture. It has its own entry on Wikipedia and dominates social media around February 13. As awareness has grown, the holiday has expanded from its original format of just gals celebrating gals to include broader themes of friendship and bonding.

We’re a firm believer that friendships should be celebrated in big and small ways. Each day is an opportunity to make the ordinary extraordinary, and that includes letting the loved ones in your life know just how much they mean to you.

If you want to do your own Galentine’s celebration MacKenzie-Childs style, consider this scone recipe from Food & Wine  magazine. Rebecca Proctor, our chief brand officer and creative director, says the scones are perfect for a Galentine’s breakfast or tea.

Ginger-Molasses Scones

While these are great made in triangles, they are even better shaped as hearts for special occasions. Use your favorite heart-shaped cookie cutter and roll out the dough to about a 1-inch thickness. Remember to push the cookie cutter straight down and don’t twist.

20 minutes to prepare; total 45 minutes including baking. Makes 8 scones.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1½ cups whole-wheat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1 stick plus 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

¾ cup crème fraiche

5 tablespoons unsulphured molasses

1 tablespoon honey, plus more for serving

1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

¼ cup turbinado sugar, plus more for sprinkling

1 cup candied ginger (4 ounces), finely chopped

1 large egg, lightly beaten

Softened unsalted butter, for serving

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a food processor, combine the flours, baking powder, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until pea-size crumbs form.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the crème fraiche with the molasses, the tablespoon of honey, the grated orange zest, and the ¼ cup of sugar. Add the molasses mixture to the food processor along with the candied ginger. Pulse until the dough just comes together, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface and pat into a 12-inch by 4-inch rectangle, about 1 inch thick. Divide the dough into four equal rectangles, then cut each rectangle into two triangles.
  3. Arrange the scones on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and brush generously with the beaten egg. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake the scones until golden brown and slightly firm, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm with butter and honey.

Hint: The unbaked scones can be wrapped in plastic and frozen for up to one month. Bake from frozen, allowing a little extra baking time. (This works beautifully for pulling a quick tea together when friends stop by!)


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