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Successful Scones

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So how would you like to know how to whip up six delicious scones in a matter of minutes and a paltry number of ingredients? Well first of all assemble the following things:

  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 TBS butter ( THE REAL THING)
  • 6 TBS buttermilk plus a little more
  • add-ins of your choice (I have gone with mini chocolate chip morsals and slivered almonds)
  • bowl
  • spoon
  • baking tray
  • oven set to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Now  assuming you have somehow acquired all the above items, let’s bake!

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. Add butter ( I cut it up to make mixing it in easier)
  3. “cut” the butter into the flour like making a pie crust.

4. Stir in the buttermilk, if it seems as dry as the Sahara then add more buttermilk

5. Add the mix-ins!!! (and eat some :} )

 

6. Smush the dough together to make little clumps to put on your baking tray

 

7. Bake the scones for about 10 minutes but it doesn’t hurt to check them at 8 minutes. Your oven may be hotter or bent on destroying     your scones by burning them if you leave them the full 10 minutes.

8. Retrieve the scones from the oven like the awesome baker you are.

 

Now when you bake these you get the best reward: all those crumbs to sample. I seriously love the toasted chips and crunchy almonds. I will admit these are best warm from the oven but I wouldn’t suggest trying to ingest all 6 scones at once although maybe if you have roommates you could share. Sharing is caring or maybe you just want an excuse to make another batch…muhahaha.

 

A special thanks to Sara and her roommate for this recipe. I look forward to experimenting with it.

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Ebony and Ivory

I think most of us have seen the half moon cookies. They are usually a cakey cookie with vanilla and chocolate icing. Well as I have mentioned earlier my favorite cookies are chocolate chip cookies. I got the idea to make make half moon chocolate chip cookies. This is one of my proudest baking moments. They are amazing! I used dark chocolate chips but you could use milk chocolate. For the chocolate half of the cookie I used mini chocolate chips. This was super easy and it’s really nice to have two cookies in one.

I followed a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of the Nestle chocolate chip bag. When it came to adding the flour is when I diverted. I mixed in 1.5 cups of flour into the batter then I moved some of the batter to a smaller bowl then added approximately 1/3 cup of baking cocoa into the bowl. Honestly I didn’t measure because it was after 11pm at night and anything goes. I then proceeded to add about 1/2 cup more of regular flour to the first bowl then added a bit more to the cocoa batter. I taste tested frequently to ensure good mixing. I finally added the chips then viola!

I closely dropped about a teaspoon of each type of batter next to each other and baked at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy the pictures!

These cookies are kind of like the best in show. Oh the symmetry.