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Cheddar + hot pepper scones

This is only my third time making scones. They seem to be some of the most finicky baked goods to make, at least for me, so I generally tend to avoid them. Having way too much cheese in my fridge, however, meant that I had to take action. Cheddar scone action.

Thankfully I found a simple recipe from one of my favourite blogs: smitten kitchen

Here’s what you’ll need: scones

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
8 tbs cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup cream (I used 18% table cream)
3 eggs
1 cup old cheddar, cubed
1+ hot pepper, minced

Directions

Check out the instructions on smitten kitchen. I followed them to a T, and cooked the scones for ~20 minutes. I also used a glass to make round scones, because I find the triangle ones don’t cook quite as evenly.

They turned out quite well. I’d definitely try the recipe again, definitely adding more hot pepper (only used one), and maybe adding basil and / or green onion.

Enjoy ❤

 

Traditional chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting + decorating practice

Like I said in my last post, I’ve been wanting to switch up my cupcake decorating and experiment with some new icing designs. One design I’ve had my eye on for a while is this one that I found on the blog i am baker. Because I was more intent on experimenting with a new icing design than trying out new flavours, I decided to go back to my traditional chocolate cupcake and vanilla frosting recipes. This is actually, finally, for real my last baking post before the move. I’ll be packing up my kitchen tonight -_- 

I followed the decorating technique as described on the blog above, using #103 and #102 tips for the different colours. Getting the different shades of blue was easy – simply add a small amount of colouring gel to the icing, mix, load half the icing into a piping bag, add another small amount of colouring, mix, add the remaining icing into a second piping bag. Making this design is pretty simple, too, and just takes a bit of patience.

Here are the recipes I used:

Chocolate cupcakes
1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3 oz melted dark chocolate
1 cup milk

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Add melted chocolate. Mix dry ingredients together. Add vanilla to milk. Start with 1/3 of dry into wet, add half of the liquid, repeat. Bake at 350F for ~20 minutes.

Vanilla frosting
4 oz butter, cold + cubed
1 tbs vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
3-4 cups icing sugar
2 tbs cream

Cream butter and vanilla bean paste. Add icing sugar, mixing well. Add cream and more sugar/butter to reach the desired taste and consistency.