Yes! The McCloud Hotel will be serving Thanksgiving dinner this year! Book soon – 2012 was sold out early!
3/4 cup half and half
1 cup cinnamon chips
2 3/4 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted VERY COLD butter, cut into pats
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extractFilling
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
2 teaspoons of vanilla
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Filling – Make this first:
Mix together the dry ingredients and sprinkle with the vanilla until all ingredients are damp – set aside to use in scones – only use about 3/4 as scone filling – use the rest to make the glaze.
1) Wisk the eggs, half and half and vanilla in a small bowl.
2) In the bowl of a food processor whirl together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
3) Scatter the butter over the surface of the dry ingredients – pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand – a few pea size lumps of butter are OK.
4) Dump this mixture out of the food processor and into a large bowl and add the cinnamon chips – mix in with a wooden spoon.
5) Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the Egg mixture – stir carefully with the spoon and/or a spatula – make sure everything is wet/mixed – but DO NOT OVER MIX stir until all is moistened and holds together.
6) Scrape the dough onto a well-floured work surface. Pat/roll it into a rough 9″ square, a scant 3/4″ thick. Make sure the surface underneath the dough is very well floured.
7) Sprinkle the filling over the dough. Fold one edge into the center and over the filling, as though you were folding a letter. Fold the remaining edge over the center to complete the three-fold. You’ll now have a rectangle that’s stretched to about 4″ x 12″. Gently pat/roll it to lengthen it into a 3″ x 18″ rectangle; it’ll be between 3/4″ and 1″ thick.
8) Cut the rectangle into 3 strips – then cut the strips into a zig zag pattern (or whatever shapes you want) – cutting them with a dough scraper is best – use a spatula to lift them and put them on a cookie pan lined with parchment paper.
9) You may also choose to make scone strips, or tiny squares. Cut each 3″ square into three 1″ x 3″ rectangles, for a total of 18 scone strips. Gently separate the strips, leaving about 1/2″ between them. Or cut each 3″ square into nine 1″ squares, to make 54 bite-sized mini scones.
10) IMPORTANT – For best texture and highest rise, place the pan of scones in the freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425°F.
11) Bake the scones for anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, or until they’re starting to turn golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven, and allow the scones to cool right on the pan.
12) Make the glaze by stirring together the left over filling mix with confectioner’s sugar and water (until you get the consistency you want) – BE CAREFUL not to add too much water.
13) Drizzle the glaze over the hot scones – let them set a few minutes before serving.
The Amethyst Wine Garden restaurant (here at the McCloud Hotel) is now serving dinner on the back terrace Thursday – Sunday evenings! Reservations are strongly suggested!
View our new spring menu on the dining page of the website. Old favorites plus some new offerings! Remember, the restaurant is open Thursday – Sunday evenings from 5:30 – 8 PM.
Reservations are suggested, but not required. VERY soon we’ll be dining outside (it’s still a bit too chilly in April and early May) on the back patio!
McCloud Local First Network Presents
Celebrating the GSRT
An evening of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction benefiting the Great Shasta Rail Trail
Featuring the music of Gerry Smida
May 1, 2013 6 pm to 9 pm
At the McCloud Hotel, 408 Main Street
Tickets: $20.00 in advance; $25.00 at the door
Tickets available at:
The Fifth Season, 300 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt Shasta
Village Books, 320 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt Shasta
Mt. Shasta Book Nook, 331 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd.
McCloud Outdoors, 209 S. Quincy Avenue
McCloud Mercantile, 241 Main Street
Other Side of the Mountain, 303 Main Street, McCloud
Shasta Land Trust, 1918 West Street, Redding
Henry Patterson Optometry, 37333 State Hwy. 299E, Burney
Accommodations offering a 40% discount when you purchase tickets include:
McCloud Hotel (964 2822)
McCloud Mercantile Hotel (964 2330)
The Eagle’s Rest vacation rental (April 30—May 2) (926-6400)
The Great Shasta Rail Trail will be coming soon on the bed of the McCloud Railroad between McCloud and Burney—80 miles of trail.
Come to our party and learn more!
Join the McCloud Hotel and Del Rio Winery for Wine Tasting and Wine Maker’s Dinner on April 26, 2013. Menu and further information is on the Specials page.
The Del Rio Winery
Located along the Rogue River just north of Gold Hill, Del Rio Vineyards and Winery is the home of one of the largest vineyards in Southern Oregon. A family run business began with the planting of the grapes in 1997. The family atmosphere is evident in all aspects of the estate. With over 200,000 vines the vineyard is producing a diverse selection of grape varieties. A lot of love and time is devoted to the development process of our premium estate wines.
As the vineyard has grown over the last ten years, so has the winery and wine label. The tasting room now serves 10 exquisite varietals: Syrah, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Early Muscat.
The lumber mill was the heart and soul of McCloud for many years – starting in 1896. Enjoy one of the historic pictures of a sawyer next to a felled tree (photo courtesy of the McCloud Museum). The mill was referred to as “Mother McCloud” – workers enjoyed housing, medical etc all through the local mill. Most of the buildings in the town today were built by the mill to house their workers.
On Thursday, Nov 22 ( Thanksgiving Day), enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner at the McCloud Hotel. On Friday, Nov 23 take a drive over to Mount Shasta and enjoy their Winter Magic Festival. The festival starts at 1 PM and lasts until 9 PM – lots of activities, vendors etc – along with the annual Christmast Tree lighting! On Saturday, Nov 24, wake up and enjoy the annual “Dog and Pony” parade in McCloud. Lots to do!
Come on up – even though it’s November, the trees are still quite colorful here in McCloud. The weather this coming weekend should be perfect – 60s/70s and sunny. Great for hiking, kayaking and fishing!
There is nothing better than relaxing by the fireplace with a glass of wine or cup of tea on a chilly evening… Come find out!
August 17 — 19th. The Burning Tango dance festival and Heritage Day (18th) where you can stroll back in time and experience McCloud “the way things were”.