FiftyTwo Treats

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Not to toot my own horn but…I did good. Oh yeah, these bad boys are probably among the favorite things I have made and I have a feeling that my mom will be asking for them again and again. What did I make, you ask?

Cinnamon Scones!

Oh yes, they are in the shape of hearts. How clever of me…or Bon Appetit magazine.

Perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat.

I adapted the recipe from this one on the Bon Appetit website, by adding cinnamon. Here it is!

Ingredients

  • 2cupsall purpose flour
  • 1/3cupsugar
  • 2teaspoonsbaking powder
  • 1/2teaspoonsalt
  • 5tablespoonschilled unsalted butter, cut  into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon (or a few good shakes of the jar)

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in large bowl.
  • Add butter; rub in with fingertips until  mixture resembles fine meal.
  • Gradually add 1 cup cream, mixing until dough comes  together.
  • Turn dough out onto sheet of foil; pat to 1/2-inch thickness. Using  3-inch heart-shaped or round cookie cutter, cut out scones. Gather scraps; pat  to 1/2-inch thickness and cut out additional scones.
  • Transfer to baking sheet. Bake  scones until brown, about 18 minutes.
  • Enjoy slightly warm or at room temperature!

I think I’ll have to try a savoury scone next. I have a few in mind…

 

 

For a while now I’ve been wanting to make something s’mores-y. So I finally got the chance last weekend to make a s’mores cupcake! (Side note, my professor at culinary school declared all cupcakes just awful yesterday. I blushed a little…good thing she doesn’t read this!)

Anyways here is the beautiful s’mores cupcake that made me dream of summer:

As you can tell I made big ones and little ones. I ran out of big cupcake wrappers so I had to make little ones, I think they came out cute.

I made graham cracker cupcakes with crushed graham cracker mixed into the batter.

Filled it with Fluff (which is the stuff dreams are made of by the way) and topped it with chocolate frosting.

Delish. Wish I had kept track of the recipe though, kind of just came up with it as I went. So sorry!

I’ve been on a little bit of a chocolate kick lately. I guess I’ve just been really enjoying chocolate cake… Either way, I decided to go with a more manly spin on chocolate cupcakes for a 50th birthday party.

Funny side note…for Christmas my boyfriend’s family got me a Kitchenaid stand mixer since they know I will be starting culinary school for baking next Monday and need some serious baking supplies. (ah! can hardly contain my excitement!) So I get all the ingredients for the frosting in the mixer and POOF! Explosion of sugar and cocoa powder all over me and my kitchen. I wish someone was there to see the look on my face because I could not believe what I just did. It took forever to clean up. But without further ado…

Behold, the Jack Daniels and Chocolate cupcake!

 

I am not a fan of Jack Daniels but I must say it was delicious in the cupcake. And now I have all sorts of ideas for boozy cupcakes that I can’t wait to try out. Oh the possibilities!  (I love to make cupcakes if you haven’t noticed) Also I will admit this isn’t the best picture…I had to take it at the birthday party. One day I will get my act together and take gorgeous pictures of what I bake instead of quick photos.

Chocolate and Jack Daniels Cupcakes

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniels
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 vegetable oil

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix the eggs, coffee, Jack Daniels, buttermilk and vegetable oil. Mix the dry ingredients with the egg mixture until well blended and scoop into the cupcake cups until they are half full. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Chocolate and Jack Daniels frosting

  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 cups of confectioner sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (or more depending on your desired consistency)
  • 2 tbsps of Jack Daniels or more to taste

Mix all the ingredents together until well blended.

Enjoy!!


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