Lemon Poppyseed loaf Cake

Luscious Lemon Loaf with Playful Poppyseeds
About This Recipe:
  • moist cake with subtle crunchy top
  • lemon juice & zest
  • poppyseeds for texture
  • 3 large eggs needed!
  • yogurt or sour cream needed!
  • quick one bowl mixing then 1 hr in the oven!
  • sweet lemony drizzle
The Method:

this recipe follows a very simple butter mixture and dry flour mixture (two bowls, wet and dry) approach which you have probably done before.

in the first boel the butter and sugar are creamed together with an electric mixer. next the eggs and vanilla extratc are creamed in, and the wet bowl is complete! so simple!

in the second bowl the dry mciture is made. firstly the flour is sifted, then the baking powder, baking soda, and salt are added and whisk together.

THe dry mixtures gets mixed into the wet in three portions (thirds) adn then after each thrid of flour is added a portion of the yogurt or sour cream is added as well, until one batter remains. Lastly the poppy seeds are folded in and it is complete.

A loaf pan in line with parchment on the shrot sides and greased on the longer sides. THe oven is set to 350 Degres F and the loaf is baked for ~50-55 minutes.

Once cooled the loaf is drizzled with the glaze, of which is made by simply mixing cofectioners sugar, milk, and lemon juice.

The Recipe:

Prep timebake timecool time
15 mins50-55 mins1 hour
Yields: 1 loaf pan 8×4 inch

Lemon Poppyseed Loaf Cake

ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter *room temp.
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt or sour cream
Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F and line a loaf pan with parchment along the bottom and over the shorter sides with grease on the longer sides. The parchment will serve as handles to get the loaf out of the pan.

In a medium/large bowl cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla. next fold in the lemon juice and zest. The wet mix is now done.

In another bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Combine the two bowl into one by pouring the flour mix into the wet mixture. Add the flour in portions of thirds while also adding portions of the greek yogurt (or sour cream). You will be left with one smooth batter. lastly, fold in the poppyseeds.

Pour the batter in your pan and bake on the middle rack for 50-55 mins or until golden with the toothpick test clean.

Enjoy!

Happy Baking

Banana Cream Pie

About this Pie:

  • classic all butter pie crust recipe
  • creamy half and half based custard with eggs and butter
  • banana slices at the base of each slice
  • whip cream/banana topping!
  • sweet banana flavour! no bake pie!

The Method:

firstly the pie crust is made from an all butter recipe. However, a pre bought pie crust will make the process even simpler and works perfectly well.

The custard is made on the stovetop so watch the heat! It only needs to come to a boil for about one minute and then it should be thick enough. You can test it by using a spoon to se if it rests on the back (as pictured); that is when it is thickened enough.

Once the custard is done it is strained and set to cool completely. At this point the pie crust will be ready and cooled. Next is the assembly! slices of banana rest in the bottom and the custard gets poured over-top. The pie is now complete and chills in the fridge for 3 hours to become firm. Note: the freezer does not make the custard set well, it turn it to a frozen crunchy custard rather then creamy.

Lastly, make the whip cream and top with banana slices. The pie is ready to enjoy!

The Recipe:
Prep TimeBake time (pie crust)Set/chill time
Yields one 10 inch pie dish

Banana Cream Pie

Ingredients:

Pie crust:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour + some for rolling out
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water

Custard:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups  half and half
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 medium bananas sliced

Whip cream

  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Procedure:

Make the pie crust:

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and once combined add the butter in cubes. Using a pastry blender, two knives, or your fingers “cut” the butter not the flour until only pea sized chunks appear. Next add the 1/2 cup of cold water slowly as not all of may be required. You are looking for a ball of dough to form, without being too wet. Once done wrap and refrigerate for ~ 2 hours.

after the refrigeration roll out the dough on a floured working surface to be 1/4 inch thickness and place inside pie dish. Pinch the sides with a fork or create your own design with the extra pie dough! Bake for ~30 minutes at 375 Degrees F and use pie weights for the best success.

Tip: If you do not have pie weights, simply place parchment overtop of the crust and fill the dish with rice or pasta.

One slightly golden let the crust cool and proceed to make the custard.

Make the custard:

In a large saucepan combine the sugar and cornstarch. set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the half and half, and egg yolks until fully combined. Pour the wet ingredients not the dry and mixing the two together completely.

turn on the heat to medium and bring to a boil stirring the custard continuously with a rubber spaula or spoon

allow the custard to boil for one minute (should be thick) and turn off the heat. Stir in the butter then the vanilla extract.

Strain the mixture and allow to cool completely.

Assamble:

slice two medium bananas and place them all along the base of the cool pie crust. Pour the custard over-top and place the pie in the fridge for ~3 hours to ‘set’ till it is firm.

Make the whipping cream: add all the ingredients in a large bowl and use an electric mixer to whip them together. Start on high speed and continue until. stiff peaks appear, ~3-4 mins. Do not over mix the peaks will go flat! so once you see the stiff peaks turn off the mixer!

Finally, decorate the pie with whip cream and bananas as you please

Enjoy!

Happy Baking

Shortcakes: Peaches & Cream

Classic Shortcakes for Customizable Flavours

About this recipe

  • soft inside and subtle crunchy/crumbly outside
  • biscuit-like but not super tall = shortcakes
  • floured working surface, circle cookie cutter or (jar lid) needed
  • plain shortcakes means you can top with peaches, strawberries, whatever you like!
  • buttermilk & unsalted butter needed!
  • whipping cream or clotted cream for topping!
  • super fun to make and assemble

What are Shortcakes?

Shortcakes are considered to be sweet biscuits that are not too tall, but are leaved with baking soda and baking powder. Often plain, these biscuits are paired with cream and fruit to complement their gentle sweetness. They are soft on the inside with a subtle crumbly outside. When compared to a scone they are less dense and more light and fluffy.

Often in shortcakes recipes there is the use of buttermilk; this is absolutely crucial! otherwise they will taste like baking soda. The acidity for buttermilk adds fat and helps the leavening advent to rise the cakes. It also cuts the flavour of baking powder and baking soda so be sure to not swap this ingredient.

How to fold the dough:

The Recipe:

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins18-20 mins50 mins
Yields: 8 large shortcakes

Shortcakes: Peaches & cream

Ingredients:

biscuits:

  • 2 and 3/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk
  • optional:
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream or buttermilk *for brushing
  • coarse sugar *for topping

cream:

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Procedure:

Make the biscuits: 

Preheat oven to 400°F and line a rectangular baking sheet with parchment; set aside.

Mix the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk until combined. Add the cubed butter and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter, two forks, two knives or your fingers. Continue cutting in the butter until small, even, pea sized crumbs of butter appear.

Next, pour the cold buttermilk on-top of the butter mixing it in with a large wooden spoon or spatula. mix until it comes together into a ball. It will be wet and crumbly and that is okay!

on a slightly floured work surface, use you hands to shape the ball into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Fold both shorter sides of the dough inward like an eveleope, then turn 180 degrees and reapt by pressing the doough into a rectangle 1/2 thick again. Repat the process by folding the shorter sides inward and then turing the evelope 180 degrees. Once this is done twice flatten into a rectangle again 1/2 thick and cut out circle shortcakes with a cokie cutter or jat lid.

Place the shortcakes evenly apart on the baking sheet and brush iwth buttermilk before baking.

Bake the cakes for about 18-2o minutes. let cool completely before assembling with cream adn fruit.

While in the oven, make the whipping cream. with an electric mixer or by whisk add all the ingredietns for the cream and whisk or beat until stiff peaks appear. THis will be about 4 mins on high speed or 5-7 mins by hand.

assemble the cakes as you like and have fun!

Enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars

Sweet Shortbread. Rhubarb & Strawberries. Crumble on-top

About this recipe:

  • shortbread-like base; buttery, sweet, with oats
  • simple filling; strawberries, rhubarb, corn starch and sugar
  • crumble on-top is the same mix as the base (yay only two mixtures not three!)
  • quick to make
  • can be cut in bars or squares
The Method:

Three layers are made :

The base is made by creaming the butter into the flour, sugar, salt and oats mixture. Once there are no large chunks on butter, the egg yolk * gets add until the mixture holds its shape well. It should stay intact as a ball if you make one, thats when you know it is ready to be pressed into the base of a pre-lined or greased pan. Only press 2/3 into the base for the rest goes on-top!

Next, the rhubarb gets cut into small chunks along with the strawberries and tossed in a bowl with the granulated sugar, and corn starch. Once all coated evenly, it is poured into the base.

Lastly, the remaining 1/3 of the crumble base is sprinkled on-top and the bars are ready to be baked.

The Recipe:

Bake timePrep TimeTotal Time
15 mins30-35 mins~45-50 mins
yields one 9 inch square pan

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars

Ingredients:

Bars:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold and chopped
  • 1½ cups plain all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolk

Filling:

  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 2-3 medium stalks rhubarb diced
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and pre-line or grease a 9 inch square pan.

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, oats, baking powder, and salt. Next, add cubes of the butter and use either a pastry blender, fork, or your fingers to combine the butter until small pea chunks remain. Add the egg yolk until evenly mix in.

once you can squeeze the dough into a ball and it hold *pictured above*, it is ready to be pressed into the pan. Press 2/3 of the mixture and leave the last third for the crumble on-top.

Next, cut the rhubarb and strawberries. dice the rhubarb stalks into even small/medium chunks about the same size as halved strawberries. In a small bowl combine the fruit with the sugar, and cornstartch until evenly coated; and place on-top of the base.

Lastly, sprinkle the last third of the base crumble mixture over-yop and it is ready to bake!

bake for ~35 mins until slightly golden

Enjoy!

Happy Baking

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Rich chocolate & Tart Cherries
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Why You’ll love this Recipe:
  • rich chocolate flavour
  • simple one pan bake
  • sweetness from soft cherries baked inside
  • chocolate chips = double chocolate dreams
  • simple ingredients; simple steps
  • baked in under 30 mins
About the Recipe:

Did you know that many brownie recipes are made completely on the stovetop? well, now you know. This recipe is one of them! I find that in doing so, thick brownie batter with the most rich chocolate flavour occurs.

Through melting the butter in a large saucepan with the chocolate to a gentle simmer from the stovetop, the gentle heat infuses the chocolate very well. This is how such chocolatey brownies are achieved!

On the stovetop two precautions are needed. 1) keep it on low the entire time. 2) only add the eggs once the batter has cooled for a few minutes.

The process on the stovetop follows:

  • melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan on low until a chocolate sauce like consistency appears
  • Once cooled, add eggs and vanilla and stir in well
  • sift in the flour, salt, and cocoa powder and stir until thick & lump free
  • pour into pre-lined/greased pan
  • bake for ~25-30 mins and top with chocolate chips and cherries

The Recipe
Prep timeBake timeTotal time
10 mins~25 mins~40 mins

yields: one 9 inch square pan

Cherry Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:
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  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 8 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup black cherries (fresh or canned)
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips (optional)
Procedure:

Preheat the oven to (180 C) or 350 Degrees F and pre-line with a 9 inch square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Place a medium-large saucepan on the stovetop and set it to low heat. Melt the butter and chocolate until a smooth chocolate sauce-like consistency appears.

Next, turn off the heat and let the saucepan cool off for a few minutes; add the eggs and vanilla. Mix fully until thick and combined.

In a separate medium bowl, quickly sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and fold it into the saucepan with a very gentle low heat. Mix until it is rid of any lumps of flour.

Pour batter into the pan and place in half the cherries (the rest are for after )

Bake for ~25-30 mins

Once out of the oven top with chocolate chips and watch them melt! Add more cherries as desired!

Enjoy



Happy Baking

Tiramisu

Cream, Coffee, & Chocolate

About the Recipe:
  • 4 ingredients: cream, coffee (expresso), ladyfingers, and cocoa powder
  • no bake
  • completed in 25-30 mins
  • Delicious strong coffee flavour !
  • creamy soft texture all around
The Method:

Three major steps: dip, arrange, cream

Firstly the lady fingers get dipped in strongly brewed coffee or expresso and placed so they completely cover the base. Then the cream gets evenly spread over-top

After the cream, a second layer of dipped ladyfingers get evenly placed, then topped with cream and finally cocoa powder sifted!

The Recipe:

Prep timeChill timeTotal Time
5 mins25 mins Freezer~30 mins

Tiramisu

Ingredients:
  • 5oo ml / o.5 L / 17 oz/ 2 cups of whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 -2 cups expresso or strong brewed coffee
  • ~30 lady fingers (enough to cover pan of choice for two layers)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
Procedure:

Firstly, set up all the ingredients in a conveyor belt like sequence. Place your lady fingers beside a bowl of the strong coffee, then the dish and lastly the cream.

Dip the lady fingers in the coffee on both sides and let them drip slightly. Be warned they will become soft so be quick! and do not use hot coffee, wait till it is cooled. Place each dipped lady finger tillhe. base is covered.

Next, cover the ladyfingers with cream and repeat the first process overtop. Finish with another layer of cream and sift cocoa powder on-top!

Let the dish firm up in the freezer for 25 mins and enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Orange Glazed Almond Bread

Sweet bread with subtle orange and slivered almonds glaze !

About This Recipe:
  • braided sweet bread
  • egg washed for crispy outsides with soft insides
  • silvered almonds on-top
  • orange zest inside and on-top
  • slightly sweet but not too sweet!

The Method

Firstly, the dough is made all in one large bowl then set to rest. Mixed together are all the dry ingredients; then the melted butter and milk are added along with the egg and orange zest until a dough ball appears.

after only a brief 10 mins of resting, the dough is kneaded, then braided to be rested for 1 hour.

Next egg washed and baked for 30-35 mins at 350 Degrees F and it is complete!

Lastly, is the sweet glaze and slivered almonds to finish off the lovely sweet bread

The recipe:

Prep timeBake timeRise time
25 mins35 mins70 mins
one large ~1o inch loft

Orange & Almond glazed Braided Bread

Ingredients:

The Bread

  • 3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) Quick Rise Yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter OR margarine sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 egg
  • zest of one large orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Glaze

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • 1-3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • Sliced almonds for garnish

Procedure:

In a large bowl (keep in mind this is the one the dough will rise in) combine 2 cups of the flour with the yeast sugar and salt. In a saucepan or microwave heat the milk and the butter until quite warm, almost hot to the touch. Pour over the mixture and add the egg; mix for 3-5 mins then add the orange zest. Add the remaining flour until a soft dough like ball forms.

Next, knead the dough for 5-7 mins until elastic and not too sticky.

Let the dough sit back in the bowl for 15 mins with a cover ontop.

Once 15 mins is up; separate the ball of dough into three long rectangles strands and braid. Let rise on a baking sheet that is parchment lined with the towel overtop for 1 hour.

Gently brush with an egg wash and Bake at 350 Degrees F for 30-35 mins.

Meanwhile, make the glaze!

For the glaze just mix all the ingredients together by whisk or fork and drizzle over the lovely warm bread once it is out of the oven!

Add slivered almonds, more glaze, slice and enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Star Bread: oozing with flavour

Sweet Strawberry jam oozing out of soft pull apart bread. Sounds good to me! Star bread is a lovely bread to display on your counter and it truly invites you to go on and pull off a twist! Whether it’s jam or Nutella, or even cinnamon sugar the possibilities are endless. Happy Baking!

The Method

A quick overview of the steps: More detailed in the Recipe itself

  1. The dough: This dough recipe is a very simple one that anyone can master. However, it does take patience. With yeast, sugar, milk ,butter, egg and flour, it can be whipped up pretty quick! however, the importance is the rising. This dough will need 90-120 mins to rise.
  2. Rolling out layers: In order to achieve layers of filling (jam, Nutella, cinnamon etc) we have to roll out 4 discs of dough like mini pizza being spread with pizza sauce. Except we will be using filling not sauce 🙂 After, we will stack all four discs.
  3. The cut and twist: This part gets a little messier as the filling oozes, but fear not! it’s super fun . In the centre of the stacked and filing spread dough, we will place a cup to make a circle ring in the centre as a reference for equal length strips. We will then cut 16 strips and twist them to make 8 peaks of the star shape.
  4. The egg wash: brush with egg wash and bake! Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Tips to consider:

Jam filled !
  • Filling with jam, Nutella, or a spread that is slightly sticky, try to make sure not to overfill. A good way to ensure you do not spread too much on each dough layer is to leave a ring of untouched dough around each disc.
  • When filling try not to leave excess filling on the bottom, otherwise it may burn or stick to the pan/parchment. I suggest wiping up any that fell before putting in he oven 🙂
  • Be sure to use an egg-wash or buttermilk for those crisp edges. If you choose not to. it will turn out nice as well. It will just be a sightly softer bread.
prep timebake time total time
~2 30 mins *includes rising~30 mins~3 hours
Serves 8

The Recipe

Star Bread : Jam filled

Ingredients:

The dough:

  • 2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour + more for rolling later
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

ideas: jam, jelly, Nutella, cinnamon, savoury cheese scallion, etc.

  • Remember the EGG WASH!

Procedure

Step 1) Make the dough.

In a large bowl place the yeast and sugar and warm the milk in a saucepan until just before it simmers/boils or in the microwave for about 40-45 seconds. pour the warm milk onto the yeat and sugar and cover with a towl for 5-7 mins. it should look frothy once done.

Step 2)

Add the butter, flour, egg, and salt to the yeast mixture. You can use your hands or a mixer with a dough hook attachment to mix all the ingredients together until well combined. If it seems quite sticky an additional couple Tablespoons of flour can be added. Not too much!

Step 3)

Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise for 90-120 minutes until it has doubled in size. A nice place for the dough is in the oven on a very low temperature such as “keep warm” or 150 degrees F. After preheated turn the temperature off and the warmth will still linger inside ! perfect temperature for dough! On the kitchen counter works as well.

Step 4)

The filling and assembling:

Take the dough and split it into 4 equal balls. On a lightly floured surface roll the balls out into equal size discs as best you can. Spread your filling on each as if spreading pizza sauce on mini pizzas! now, stack each disc on-top of each-other into a pile. place a glass in the center and make a subtle indent so you can see where the center is to ensure the strips being cut are roughly the same length. First, cut four equal sections around the center. next, cut those all in half, making 8 strips. finally, cut each of those in half, ending with 16 strips. Now, take two strips at a time and twist them opposite. One cockwise, the other counterclockwise, meeting at the end and pinch them together. Repeat until there are 8 peaks to your star bread! 🙂

Step 5)

Brush with egg wash and finish with course sugar.

Step 6)

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F (170 C) and bake for 25-30 mins

Powder sugar. Serve. Enjoy!

Peach & Almond Galette

Sweet, soft peaches on crisp pastry topped with glaze and almond slivers!
About this Galette:
  • soft peaches (canned or fresh)
  • buttery crisp crust similar to pizza with crisp crust *only sweeter than pizza!*
  • simple icing sugar and peach juice/syrup glaze
  • topped with silvered almonds before baking
Tips / Tricks for success:
  • Prepare the dough then leave it in the freezer before rolling out *this ensures the butter is nicely chilled
  • Roll the dough quite thin, especially in the centre of the rectangle, to ensure it cooks all the way through
  • Do not worry about the moisture from the peaches during baking; rolling the dough thin enough will ensure it is crisp and not soggy
  • Cook on high heat 400 degrees F to achieve that crunchy crust!
  • Roll out the dough, then place it on your lined baking sheet before adding the peaches and almonds. If you try to transfer the already peach topped dough to a baking sheet, it will lose it’s thin shape you just rolled out.
  • If you’re using canned peaches save the liquid! it can be used for the glaze!
Almonds before baking for toasted slivers
The Recipe:

Peach Galette with Slivered Almonds

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
25 mins35-40 mins~1 hr 10 mins
One medium rectangle ~9×13 inch

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cold water
  • 4 medium peaches or 1 large can (6.6LB/106 oz/3kg)
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup silvered almonds
  • *egg or milk for egg wash

Procedure:

In a medium mixing bowl sift the flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Whisk the three together and set aside. Next, add the unsalted butter and cut in-to flour mixture with a pastry blender, a couple of butter knives, or two forks. The butter should be pea sized chunks.

In order to make the dough into a ball, pour the cold cold! water into the mixture gradually. The entire 1/2 cup may not be necessary! only add the water until a ball forms.

lightly flour a flat working surface and make the dough into a rectangle with your hands. (No rolling pin yet) wrap in plastic wrap and place in the freezer until oven is ready.

Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F (204 C) and keep the dough in the freezer while waiting. Prepare your baking sheet with parchment.

Now the peaches. Slice the peaches into even quarters about 1/2 inch thick or use the canned ones!

Once the oven is ready, on your floured surface, roll out the dough quite thin into a large rectangle and transfer to your baking sheet.

Now, add the peaches in an arrangement as you desire and roll up the sides to create a wall around the peaches. Lastly top with slivered almonds.

Bake for 35-40 mins on the middle rack or until crisp bottom with cooked peaches appears.

Optional Glaze:

In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar and either 1 teaspoon of the syrup from the canned peaches or water. If you’re using fresh peaches a syrup can be achieved by boiling for a couple minutes and using the liquid as the liquid component of the glaze!

Enjoy!

Happy Baking

Chocolate Chip Scones: Buttery & Chocolatey

Simple scones perfect for tea time

About The Scones

  • buttery/ flaky insides
  • crisp outsides
  • plentiful in chocolate chips
  • simple ingredients

Why You’ll love these Scones

Tastes like chocolate chip cookies, but with that substantial (scone like) texture

Truly a sweet and childlike take on an elegant scone recipe!

Fun to make, only one bowl needed, and few simple ingredients!

Tips for Success

-Use unsalted butter and use a cheese grater to add it into the flour mixture. This method ensure equal chunks of butter in each scone; and, ultimately a perfect buttery texture when the butter melts upon baking.

-Sift the flour and dry ingredients. This will ensure the most flaky scones without dense patches.

-do not over mix. Scones are meant to be quick, one bowl and a bit messy!

-freeze for 15 mins before baking. I like to pop them in the freezer, and then, preheat the oven; while i wait for the oven, the scones have time to cool in the freezer. This just ensure the butter is quite cold so it melts nicely in the oven upon hot heat!

The Recipe:

Simple Chocolate Chip Scones: Buttery & Flaky

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
20 mins~30 mins~1 hr
Yields: 8 large Scones

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter *frozen
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or buttermilk 
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Procedure:

In one large bowl, sift the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder; whisk until well combined. Next, grab your cheese grater and grate the frozen unsalted butter overtop of the flour mixture until all the butter is through the grater and used up. Now, using either a pastry blender, two knives, a spoon or your fingers, incorporate the butter into the flour by mixing until all the butter seems to have flour surrounding it.

Next, add the egg and the buttermilk and mix until a dough like bowl forms. Fold in your chocolate chips!

On a lightly floured surface crate a circle with the dough and cut 8 equal triangles. Or use a circle cookie cutter if circle scones are desired. Place the scones evenly spaced out on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Place the scones in the freezer and preheat the oven to 380 Degrees F. Let the scones stay in the freezer until the oven is ready. Once ready, brush buttermilk or an egg wash over each scone and pop in the oven!

Bake for 30-35 mins or until the scones are lightly golden!

Optional: Chocolate sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or buttermilk

Create a double boiler by placing a small saucepan on the stove with water inside to shimmer. Once the water is simmering place. bowl on-top as you would a lid. Place the chocolate and heavy cream inside and reduce to low. the steam will melt the chocolate into a sauce and all you need to do is gently stir. Once melted it is Complete!

Happy Baking!