Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cream Butter Scones

Sunday Morning.

Time for fresh baked scones. mmmmmm

These scones are fluffy and flakey and best served warm. Serve with Devonshire Cream,  our Strawberry Lemon Jam, Cinnamon Honey butter, or a dab of plain butter.. or.. plain.

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(Makes 10 –14 scones depending how big you cut them)

Make sure all ingredients are cold

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated white sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 large egg, slightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup heavy cream

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place the rack in the middle of the oven.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. In a small measuring cup combine the whipping cream, beaten egg and vanilla. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined. Do not over mix.

Knead dough gently four or five times and then pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches (18 cm) round.  Then, using a 2-1/2 inch round cookie cutter or glass top, cut the dough into rounds.  Place the rounds on the prepared cookie sheet, spacing a couple of inches apart.  Brush the tops of the scones with a little cream.  This helps to brown the tops during baking.

Bake for about 15 - 18 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a scone comes out clean. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Top with your favorite butter or jam.

Scones freeze very well.

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Enjoy !


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Shopaholic Cake

(Sorry Mom)
I made this cake for my mothers birthday this past weekend. 
Let’s just say… she likes to shop~!
This time the  cake was made from scratch (see Simple Butter Cake recipe) as I wanted a heavier cake to support some of the fondant figures.
The cake is a very simple butter cake with a cream cheese cinnamon filling.
This cake was large.  I used 2 cakes, both in a 12” x 2” deep pan.
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I made  my own buttercream icing to crumb coat the cake.
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For the decoration, I wanted to show an exhausted shopper after a fulfilling day of shopping.
I started with a comfy chair. This was made out of fondant only.
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And of course some shopping bags.  The cake was also covered in pink fondant.
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And now for our shopper ( or my mother )
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Her hair was put through the garlic press.   Her eyes were holes filled with white fondant. 
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But to me, they looked a little too wide open for an over-fatigued shopper, so I fixed that. (hehe)
The half-mast eyelids and gaping mouth pretty much says it all.
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Since I was on my own making this cake and it took me hours, there are no more during pictures… so here is the finished cake.
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Happy Birthday Mom