For some strange reason when I feel under the weather I love to bake. Maybe its because fresh baked treats remind me of my childhood.
I decided to treat myself to something sweet while still staying on a fairly low fiber diet for next weeks procedures.
3 cups flour ¾ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup milk 1 egg slightly beaten
¾ cup butter melted 1/1/2 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together. Very slowly pour in milk, egg and cooled butter. Fold in raisins. Bake in a greased and floured 9 x 5 x 2 baking dish. Cut into squares and serve with butter, cream cheese or preserves.
I used a small round pan and cut them into triangles .
I made Butter in a Jar back when I was a kid as a youth activity. It was very easy and just took some time.
Heavy whipping Cream – any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
1/2 teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
Jar with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with.
Some people like to put a clean marble in the jar and when the marble gets quite you know its starting to thicken. Just don’t forget to remove the marble when you are done,
Have the children shake the jar. A figure-eight motion seems to work best, but let your kids go wild (not so much, if the jar is glass). If you have a plastic container with a tight lid, you can even roll it back and forth.
Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then 3/4 the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.
It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking.
As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream. It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking. It will look like this:
2 cups flour 4 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp baking powder
6 Tbs butter 2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter a baking sheet. Sift flour into a bowl with sugar, salt and baking powder. Add the butter and work your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine the eggs, cream and vanilla in a bowl. Add to the flour mixture and stir until moistened, Flour your hands well. Working quickly , lightly pat the dough into a 8′ round. With a sharp knife , score the round into eight wedges. (Dough can also be rolled and cut into biscuit shapes.) Place on the baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until the top is browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. remove scones to a wire rack and cool for a few minutes. Cut along the score marks and serve warm with butter, preserves or clotted cream.
makes 8 scones
The last time I made scones I was in a rush to serve them so I cut them before baking and they turned out fine.
and for those of you who want to make some clotted cream. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Clotted-Cream
3 eggs 1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cups milk juice of 1/2 a lemon
3/4 cups all purpose flour confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. beat the eggs and milk until they are well blended. Add flour and salt, stirring the batter until it is slightly lumpy.
Set 10′ pie plate in the oven to melt the butter. when the butter is very hot , pour in the batter and bake for about twenty minutes or until the pancake is brown and puffed. sprinkle with lemon juice and confectioners sugar and cut into wedges.
Serve immediately as it will deflate quickly.
4 eggs 2 Tbs melted butter
1/2 cup cream 1/2 tsp pepper
pinch of cayenne 2 tbs grated cheddar cheese
2 toasted english muffins 6 slices of crisp bacon
Melt Butter with Cream in skillet. ad eggs and sprinkle with pepper and cayenne. when egg whites begin to set , sprinkle with cheese. Finish cooking and place on English muffin half with some of the hot cream and butter. Serve with bacon slices.
I just added a recipe tab to the website to share some of my favorite recipes. I will be adding recipes as I get time. I thought I would do a special post for this recipe as I was inspired by all the time I spent in Prosser WA.
Grape Bread- This recipe is for my friends in Prosser!
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup oil
3 cups flour
3 cups seeded Concord grapes
3 cups brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt 3/4 tsp baking soda
¾ cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla until light in color. Mix dry ingredients together and fold the dry mixture into the egg mixture until moist. Do not beat!
Gently fold in grape skins and nuts. Pour into two greased and floured pans.
Bake for one hour or until it tests done in the center with a toothpick. Gently remove from pans and cool.
Makes 2 loaves
I recently starting working for Native Stone Concrete as a regional sales rep. The owner thought it would be a good idea for me to learn as much about the process as possible.
So last week I rolled up my sleeves and got a bit dirty. The art design is by artist Joe Illig. This morning Joe picked this piece up to deliver to a doctors office. He was very happy with my first pour.
As a child I was fascinated with Native American Art so working with Native Stone Concrete and Joe Illig is like living in a dream.
I am pretty excited to be preparing to attend a Military Retirement party next month. Having never attended a retirement party of any kind I phoned my father in law and asked for gift suggestions. He told me he had a friend that gave him a lovely gift when he retired. I called his friend and we discussed what I wanted and days later I received a phone call that the piece was ready! Now all I have to figure out is what to wear!
Whenever I sell a piece of work I ask the new owners to send me a photo of the work at their house. This photo is of my 3rd table. I just received the photo from the owners!