Get Goaty

by Holly on November 20, 2011

in baking,life,recipes,silliness

It turns out if you’re in Europe for 10 days, there’s going to be a lot waiting at home for you.

Work. Like lots of it. New work, old work…work, work, work.

A writing project you waited until the last minute to do. Perfectionist procrastinators, anyone?

Two birthday celebrations. Two reasons to scarf your face at delicious restaurants.

An unexpected happy hour with beer, German pretzels, pork belly mac n’ cheese + your best friend when she randomly comes into town on a Friday afternoon.

Running, brunching + beginning training for that marathon you signed up for. Oh yeah, that.

A sex workshop. While no bananas were involved, jumbo candy canes and immature giggling were. For the record, my friend + I were the youngest ones in the class by an average of 25 years.

And perhaps the most unusual thing, one pound of locally-made goat butter.

Can I let you in on a little secret? Goats scare me.

To be honest, all animals scare me. You try getting tackled by a 7-foot show poodle or chased through the zoo by a maniacal peacock as a young child, and then let me know how much YOU like animals. For some reason though, goats especially scare me. They just seem so flippant and conniving with their beady eyes and spastic, kneejerk braying and kicking. With every trip to the petting zoo or farm, I swear those smelly goats are not to be trusted!

Which means that goat products like goat cheese…goat yogurt…goat milk…also not to be trusted. Because they’ve all got that unmistakable tang. That goaty tang.

However, when you write a food blog and are presented with the unique offer of goat butter from a sister of a friend, you kind of have to say yes despite your animal reservations. You must put those beady eyes out of your mind…forget about your long-held belief that goats are planning on taking over the world…remember that whatever happens, you won’t turn into Goat Boy…and make the goat butter into something so gosh darn tasty for your readers.

With it’s ethereal milky color and smooth texture, goat butter is more mellow than it’s chevre counterpart and as you may come to discover, less scary when paired with the right flavors. It’s tangy, savory bite simply needs to be balanced with a touch of sweetness and crunchiness…and perhaps a sugary lemon glaze. Everything’s better with a sugary lemon glaze, no?

The result of it all may just be a new love of goat butter waiting for you upon your U.S. arrival…braying and kicking thankfully not included.

Pomegranate Hazelnut Scones with Goat Butter
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 to 25 minutes

3/4 cup milk
1 T lemon juice
2 cups flour*
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
8 T (1 stick) chilled goat butter**
1 cup pomegranate arils
1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 t lemon zest
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon

*I used a 50-50 whole wheat/white flour blend

**Cow butter can be substituted if you cannot find goat butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl or cup, mix together milk and 1 T lemon juice. Set aside.

In a large bowl, sift flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Using your hands, cut in goat butter until mixture is crumbly. Add pomegranate seeds, hazelnuts, lemon zest and milk mixture. Fold gently until batter just comes together. On a floured surface, gently knead scone dough several times before forming into a circle about 1-inch thick. Cut dough into 8 equal triangles, and place on a baking sheet.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Let cool.

Meanwhile, mix confectioners sugar and juice of 1/2 lemon. Lemon glaze will be thick but pourable. Drizzle over scones, and serve.

Makes 8 scones


Erica November 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Sex workshop???? hahaha. You never cease to amaze me with the random, funny things you do :). I’m in for the pretzels. And these scones. Gorgeous. Goats scare me a bit too- they seem mean.

dana @ my little celebration November 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

So fun! I had no idea goat butter even existed. Bravo on the creative recipe, my friend. I am impressed, as always.

Hillary November 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I’m so happy I’m not the only adult who’s a little bit afraid of petting zoos. Always have been, always will be, I fear.

Oh, and these look fabulous. As per usual!

MacKensie Gibson November 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm

These look amazing. You are too funny.



Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I am pretty sure my TJ’s sells goat butter. I know they sell goats milk and goats cheese and one could probably improvise those two things in a blender to turn them into “butter” or a similar texture.

These look great. And so creative!

And being the youngest by about 25 yrs in that workshop? Oh I can only imagine the stories you could share!

MirandaK @ Miranda's Munchies November 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Scones= super yummy looking
sex workshop= did they send you home with any swag? heehee
Goat fear= priceless. To me, they are one of the least scary animals. Unlike mice…
But what is pork belly mac n’ cheese?

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I should probably comment on the recipe (which looks WAY too hard for me to even contemplate), but instead, I’ll leave you with a random goat fact.
If you’re not going to breastfeed your baby, instead of going straight to formula, try goat’s milk. It’s the closest thing to mother’s milk.
Guess baby’s like the goat twang.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I fear no goat! And I just de-seeded a pomegranate (a.k.a. ruined a white t-shirt). I see scones in my breakfast future…

Lauren November 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Goat Butter?? I need this! Just as much as I need that sex workshop in my life. LMAO! You never fail to amaze me with your weekend adventures.

Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

All that work and you still managed to make this recipe!? Kudos!

julie November 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

GOATS MILK BUTTER IS THAT FOR REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sarah (sarah learns) November 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm

sounds like you’ve had a lot of fun things going on to welcome you back to madison! :) i had a friend visit this weekend too – loved it.

these scones sound delicious. i have had goat cheese plenty of times, but i’ve never had or even seen goat butter!

i’m not usually much of a scone person, but this weekend i FINALLY went to lazy janes and had a raspberry lemon scone that was sooooooo good!

Meister @ The Nervous Cook November 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I am so way into goat’s milk and goat’s cheese, but goat’s butter I’ve never had the pleasure. Put it in some scones, though? Don’t mind if I do!

Liz @ iheartvegetables November 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

haha I’ve never had goat butter! Scones honestly kind of scare me. I feel like I’ll mess them up with the whole butter cutting thing, haha I know that’s so dumb but its true. I’ve never made them!

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Not sure if goats are my favorite animal either, but I LOVE goat cheese. I’ve never heard of goat butter though! These scones look divine, yum! :D

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef November 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

Goat boy?! LOL :) These look amazing and just about perfect for Thanksgiving breakfast…. of course, gluten-free, but I’ll be making these very (very) soon :)
I’m scared of fish… but LOVE eating them… the more I eat, the less of them there are to sneak up, and eat ME!

Kathryn November 21, 2011 at 3:32 am

Goats are really unpredictable. You never know what they’re thinking. I find that really tough. Although I do feel similar about most animals (I had a traumatic experience of being chased by a monkey when I was a child).

Madeline - Greens and Jeans November 21, 2011 at 7:12 am

I’ve totally been to sex workshops before. Hilarious and amazing don’t even begin to describe…

Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City November 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

cool! i have never tried goat butter. sounds interesting :)

Evan Thomas November 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

There was a lot of missing you this weekend, Holly. Next time: You, me, Boots, Madeline, a race and a couple gallons of ice cream.

brandi November 22, 2011 at 10:49 am

goat butter? i need this.

you bring the scones and butter, i’ll bring the coffee.

Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the amazing flavors in the name of those scones. Oh boy.
I’ve never baked with pomegranate seeds before…bet it’s good, though! I’m more familiar with eating them covered in chocolate (Costco’s dark-chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, anyone?). SO GOOD. Try them. Really.

Steve November 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

Last year, I discovered goat products. And like you, I was scared to death to try them – with their coarse coats, their whispy little goat beards, the beady eyes, and those nubby horns, I figured there wasn’t any chance of anything good coming from the little devils. But, I purchased some goat yogurt (plain, nonetheless!), held my nose, and took a spoonful.

Result? Not bad. Not bad at all, I thought. So, I unplugged my nose and took another taste.

WOW. Even better with the olfactory senses engaged.

And I am now hooked on goat products. Aside from the occasional purchase of some buttermilk for a helping of buttermilk-leek mashed ‘taters, I couldn’t tell you the last time I had some dairy (sorry, fellow cheeseheads and local dairy farmers)… I use coconut milk or almond breeze in my morning cup-o-joe; eat goat yogurt/cheese/butter; and that’s about it.

Welcome to the world of goat – we’re happy to have you here! Oh, and btw, I’m totally jealous of your London trip. I’ve been to many places; haven’t been to the UK or Ireland yet… those are on the bucket list.

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