Jan 31, 2009

Raspberry and Chocolate Scones

4 cups (560 grams) all purpose flour
2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated white sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons (150 grams) unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
4 ounces dark chocolate chips (about 1 cup) (100 grams)
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Egg mixture for brushing tops of scones:
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon milk or cream

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350° and place rack in middle of oven. Line two baking sheets with silpat or parchment paper.

In a food processor bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture by pulsing 15 times. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Stir in the chocolate chunks (chips) and raspberries.

In a bowl whisk together the yogurt, vanilla extract, and egg. Add the flour mixture and stir just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix. Using an ice cream scoop (or 1/2 cup measuring cup), place six scones on two baking sheets (12 scones).

Make an egg wash of one well-beaten egg mixed with 1 tablespoon milk and brush the tops of the scones with this mixture.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
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Jan 25, 2009

Pink Dalmatians

From Carma's Cafe

1.75 cups flour
.75 teaspoon baking powder
.5 teaspoon baking soda
.5 teaspoon salt
.75 cup butter, softened (6 ounces)
.75 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups white chocolate morsels (1 bag)
1 cup dried cranberries (such as Craisins®)
.75 cup chopped macadamia nuts

In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl (or stand mixer) cream the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat egg and vanilla into butter/sugar mixture. Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture about 1/3 at a time being careful not to overmix. Stir in cranberries, white chocolate and macadamia nuts.

Drop by full tablespoons onto silpat or parchement lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 325° for approx. 11 minutes.

For larger "cafe size" cookies drop ice cream scoop (1/4 cup) mounds of dough and bake for approx. 13 minutes.
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Jan 18, 2009

Butterbeer

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (8 oz) club soda or cream soda
  • ½ cup (4 oz) butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
  • ½ tablespoon butter


Directions:

Step 1: Measure butterscotch and butter into a 2 cup (16 oz) glass. Microwave on high for 1 to 1½ minutes, or until syrup is bubbly and butter is completely incorporated.

Step 2: Stir and cool for 30 seconds, then slowly mix in club soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit.

Step 3: Serve in two coffee mugs or small glasses; a perfectly warm Hogwarts treat for two!
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