I am so glad I am back on my feet and able to bake again, this is the 3rd cake in 3 weeks! I love it! This cake is for Charlotte’s 1st Birthday. Everyone got their own “block of cake”. I had some difficulties doing this one. The smaller cakes were a challenge to cover with fondant, they are quite bumpy and uneven, but I tried! You will notice there is one that looks out-of-place, that was Charlotte’s. It is only covered in icing so she could just go at it Happy Birthday Charlotte!
This year was my Dad’s 60th Birthday! Each year his request is usually ‘just a lemon on lemon cake would be wonderful’, meaning lemon cake with lemon filling with lemon icing. I have made one that looked like a lemon, and several that were just round layers cakes with icing, but this year I wanted to do something a little different. Dad is one of those guys that they don’t seem to make anymore, he is quite handy. He can fix most anything! When I was little, and now, I generally try to help out so I like to think I am kinda handy myself. Having a tools cake just seemed appropriate. He loved it! Happy 60th Birthday Dad, Love you!
This is a recipe that I have done before, check it out here, but I must say the post was very boring! It was early on in my posting days and I only had an after picture. I have made these a few times, but figured I would post ‘properly’ about them. I am sure not everyone likes to see a photo of each and every step, but I do! I am a very visual person, I like to see what I am supposed to do or what it should look like. Often if I am looking for a recipe and there is no photo, I just leave because I just can’t visualize how it will turn out. I did make a few changes from the original recipe.
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Barefoot Contessa, Episode: Big Breakfast, from Food Network
4 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cold heavy cream (I had half & half so I used that)
3/4 cup raisins
1 extra-large egg beaten with 2 tablespoons milk or water, for egg wash
*I added a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Combine 4 cups flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder, salt and cinnamon in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
3.Blend in the cold butter at the lowest speed and mix until the butter is in pea-sized pieces.
There is a lot of butter in these scones, but don’t skimp, it’s worth it!
Kinda funny that i am weighing 3/4 pound of butter on a Weight Watchers scale (FYI, they are not points friendly!)
4. Combine the eggs and heavy cream and quickly add to the flour/butter mixture. Combine until just blended.
5. Combine the raisins and 1 tablespoon flour and then add to the dough and mix quickly. The dough may be a bit sticky. (Forgot to take a picture of this one)
6. Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and be sure it is well combined. Flour your hands and a rolling pin and roll the dough out to 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick. Cut into desired shape, I make my scones into triangles
7. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
8. Brush the scones with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the outsides are crisp and the insides are done.
Once again, these were amazing! I have yet to make anything of Ina Garten’s that was not fantastic! The addition of the cinnamon was quite nice. They have a wonderful texture. They are not rich and heavy as you would assume with all the butter. They are nice and light, you can see the many layers from the butter. Delicious! I took a bunch into Poppa and Gramma’s, they loved them, covering them in more butter. Gramma said I could make them anytime
Introducing my new kitchen toy – A Grill Press Pan! 2 years ago for my birthday I got a Panini Press, I loved it while it lasted…first one lasted about 6 months, second one (replacement) maybe 8 months. So I have been without Panini/grilled sandwiches for quite some time. Last week I hosted a Pampered Chef Party and this was the Host Special (it was a steal!). I was quite excited to give it a try.
I didn’t have a whole lot in the house so this is what I managed to put together… While the grill was preheating I prepared the sandwich. I made a garlic mayo, with turkey breast, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese
Butter is sizzling as soon as it hits the grill!
Doing its magic under the heavy press…
This sandwich was simple but so delicious! I don’t know what happens to a sandwich when you put it in a grill press/panini press, but there is literally magic that goes on in there. I have eaten this sandwich many, many times, but grilling it just brought it to a while new level.
I must say I think I like the stove top version much better then the electric one. This one seemed to have more even heat and I was able to control the heat more, as I can see the flame and there is nothing to break down on this one. The outside was beautifully crunchy adding such great texture to the sandwich.
I look forward to creating many, many more delicious sandwiches…stay tuned!
I can’t believe it has been over 2 months since I have posted! I have been recovering from surgery that has kept me off my feet for quite some time. I was going through withdrawals, no baking for 2 months is unheard of! Anyways, all is well now, back on my feet and ready to hit the kitchen running. Poor KAM (my Kitchen Aid Mixer) had been tucked away in the cupboard all this time, it was like music to my ears to hear it whipping away at the cake and icing.
I had a request for a Star Trek cake. I will admit that I know NOTHING about Star Trek. She actually had to guide me through an internet search to show me what to make, I kind of felt like Penny, from Big Bang. I was clueless! Once I figured out what it was, all was well. The Star Trek Logo…
It was a success and he loved it!
It felt so good to be back in the kitchen baking, I hope I never have to go that long without baking, ever again! As much work as it is, I just love it!
I was asked to make a cake for an adorable little girl having a first birthday. Her name is Violet, my goodness she is adorable! The little bear is “My Pal Violet”, she has one and just loves it. This was my first sculpted character cake, it came out ok, I will need more practice at that, it’s harder than it looks! Hope she liked her cake.