Weekend Baking: Orange Scones

Good morning! Today I bring you my orange scones. This recipe is super easy and it makes the most delicious scones. You'll want to make them all the time after trying them once (trust me, I went through a scone phase). 

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For this recipe, you will need: 

2 cups of flour

1/3 cup of sugar (plus 2 tbsp for sprinkling)

1.5 tsp of baking powder

A pinch of salt

8 tbsp of butter

Zest and juice of one orange

1/2 cup of milk

1 egg

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix together your milk and egg thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Grate the butter into the dry ingredients, and combine until it becomes like sand.

Add the zest and juice of one orange, and mix well. 

Stir in the milk mixture, and combine until a dough is formed.

On a floured surface, form the dough into one flat circle round, or two depending on the size of scone you prefer. I like a medium size which means I can get 16 scones out of two rounds. Cut into triangles, sprinkle a little sugar on the top, and pop in the oven for 15 minutes. The scones will be perfectly golden brown.

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These scones are rather easy to make, and turn out just so delicious. Make a double batch because they'll go fast! 

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Weekend Baking: Swedish Chocolate Cake

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! If you're not a father, I hope you're spending it with the father in your life. 

Today's Weekend Baking post is all about the Swedish Chocolate Cake. This is not my own recipe, but out of Izy Hozzack's Top With Cinnamon Cookbook. (which is a great book by the way) This cake is gooey, and chocolatey, and all sorts of wonderful. Plus, it's just so easy! If you have all the ingredients on hand, which you probably do, you need to make this straight away. Please make it, you will not regret it. 

For this cake,  you will need: (makes a 7" cake)

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp of unsalted butter

1 3/4 cup of sugar (I used 1 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup of cocoa powder

2 tsp of vanilla extract

3 eggs

1 cup of flour

A pinch of salt 

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium pot, melt the butter. In another bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. And in a separate small bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla extract.

Once the butter has melted, take the pot off the heat and add in the dry ingredients. Add in the eggs afterwards, and mix thoroughly. The batter should look like chocolate fudge. 

Transfer the batter into the greased 7" cake pan, and bake for about 30-35 minutes. Once out of the oven, leave the cake to cool for 20 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a plate. Serve the cake warm with powdered sugar on top, and enjoy! (This cake will be demolished by anyone who tries it. It. is. so. good.) 

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Twelve Days of Baking: Shortbread Cookies

This is the 11th post of my series of the 12 days of baking. Today's post is all about shortbread cookies! With this recipe you can leave them as is, or add in whatever you desire! IMG_4710

You will need:

2 cups of flour

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of butter, softened.

To start, mix the butter with the sugar so it can form a creamy mixture. IMG_4561

Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. The mixture will become a little hard to stir by hand so I recommend using an electric mixer.

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From here you can divide the mixture into 3 dough balls. I added a 1/4 cup of earl grey tea into one ball. Another ball I added 1/4 cup of chopped white chocolate and a 1/4 cup of chopped dried cranberries. The last one I added into a 1/4 cup of a chopped up skor chocolate bar. Add whatever you please, or leave them plain! They will be delicious no matter what.

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Each ball needs to be turned into a log, and then must be wrapped in cling wrap. Before you can cook these cookies you need to keep them in the freezer for a minimum of 1 hour (they can be left for 3 months in the freezer). Once you're ready to bake your cookies, cut each log into about 12-15 1 inch coins.

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Bake them for 15-20 minutes or until they're golden on the bottom. Serve and enjoy! IMG_4697IMG_4707

The last day of baking is coming tomorrow and I have to say its a good one! Enjoy your Christmas eve!

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The Cannoli

The cannoli is a classic dessert, that really is so delicious and easy to make! They're also inexpensive, and most of the ingredients you'll already have in your kitchen. Everyone will be happy you made them! You will need:

Cannoli shells. Most grocery stores should carry them prepackaged. It will save you all the time and effort of making them yourself.

Ricotta. It is an Italian soft cheese, and can transform itself into something sweet!

Juice and Zest of an Orange.

The yolk of one egg.

A sweet liquor. 2 tablespoons or so of either cognac, whiskey, or Strega. (This bottle of Strega is from a trip to Italy my Nonna went on 28 years ago!)

Sugar. About 2 tablespoons give or take.

Chocolate chips.

Mix everything together well (it really is simple to make). With a teaspoon, fill up each side of the cannoli, and clean it off with the edge of the spoon. Put a chocolate chip on either side into the ricotta filling. You can dust them with icing sugar afterwards. Put them on a tray, and serve them!

They're cute, and delightful to see. They make a great dessert, and snack too! Enjoy :)

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