biscuit cutters

Scones for a Crowd

These scones are simple to make and can be made start-to-finish in just about an hour. I have yet to have them fail completely, even when I scorch the bottoms.

One batch makes up to two dozen scones, depending on your extras.

Basic dough:

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup white sugar

5 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup butter (I take it directly out of the fridge. Works great.)

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C). Lightly grease baking sheets.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Cut in butter. (I find it works best to cut the butter into quarter inch slices, then just squeeze it into the flour with my hands until it’s thoroughly mixed)

[If adding extras, they go in now]

Beat the egg in the bottom of your liquid measure, then add milk to measure one cup total of liquid.

Using hands, pour a little of the milk-egg mixture into the dough until it starts to stick together, and it should be JUST SLIGHTLY soggy. (I have never in all the time I’ve made these used the entire cup of liquid)

Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface (I flour my surface a lot more than lightly, it makes my job easier) and knead briefly (until it stops feeling soggy on the outside. Don’t over-knead, it makes the scones tough).

Roll dough out until it’s approx ¼ inch thick.

Using a biscuit cutter, cut rounds from the dough and place on baking sheets approx. ½ inch apart. Re-roll dough on floured surface until all dough has been cut/shaped into rounds.

Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.


Extras:

For sweet scones:

I like to add white chocolate chips and dried cranberries for sweet scones. I have never measured how much I put in, but it’s half-ish of a small bag of chocolate chips and maybe 1 cup of dried cranberries? I just dump it in until it ‘looks right.’

Brush the tops of the scones with egg white and sprinkle with pearl sugar to really impress those minions!

For savory scones:

Add a package of diced ham OR six to eight slices of bacon cooked to a crisp and well-drained, about a cup of grated cheddar cheese (I suppose you could use any grated cheese you like, but cheddar is what we keep on hand around here), a tablespoon-ish of garlic powder, and two or three tablespoons of fresh chives, chopped (or cut into tiny pieces with the kitchen shears, which is INFINITELY easier than trying to slice the little bastards with a knife). The savory variety has actually proven to be more popular than the sweet - I’ve been told by a very reliable source that it’s like eating the best parts of breakfast all in one bite.

I realize that scones are supposed to be shaped into a round and then cut into wedges, but that never works well for a large crowd, and this way it’s easy to grab a couple to eat at your desk during a particularly grueling debugging session. They also seem to bake more evenly (at least in my oven, but my oven is a temperamental old girl). Feel free to bake these in traditional wedges if you wish.

Also feel free to experiment with additions. These happen to be the combinations that have been the most successful with my audience, but if you’d rather have walnuts and raisins, by all means don’t let me stop you.

*******

“James?”

Bond’s head jerked up and he peered over the screen of his personal laptop at Q, who’d taken a seat across the table from him, long fingers wrapped around a steaming mug, green eyes blinking owlishly through his glasses.

“Yes?”

“What are you doing? It’s one in the morning.”

“Working,” Bond replied easily.

Q snorted. “Pull the other one.”

“I had a request for one of my recipes.”

Q quirked an eyebrow, conveying his incredulity with more panache than any spoken word was capable. Bond smirked.

“Whether you believe me or not, I’ve just finished. Is that coffee or bilge-water?”

Q scowled. “Just because you’re unpatriotic about your choice of beverage does not give you the right to disparage it.”

“Mm.” Bond shut the laptop with a snap. “Bilge-water then. Brush your teeth before you come to bed if you’re expecting a kiss goodnight.”

“You’re such an arse.”

Bond grinned. He had another week of mandatory leave. Time enough to keep Q-branch up to its proverbial eyeballs in baked goods and maybe earn himself a toy or two in the process. It couldn’t hurt, and happy minions meant a happy Q, and a happy Q meant many, many things that Bond rather enjoyed while off the clock.

He stretched luxuriantly, rolled his neck until it cracked, then rose, walked around the table and dropped a kiss into Q’s hair.

“You’re still an arse.”

“But I’m your arse,” Bond replied, and sauntered off towards the bedroom.

anonymous asked:

So I tried recipe out of the GoT cookbook that might appeal to a lot of kinfolk-- honey biscuits! Pretty much your average pastry dough (rub in butter to flour until coarse crumb texture + cold water just enough to hold it together) cut into circles (or any shape tbh, I tried 2 shaped cookie cutters and they held up beautifully), fried in a little bit of oil or butter until light brown, and then drizzled with hot honey and cinnamon. Very easy on the stomach, and took like 10 minutes to make!

Wow! Those sound amazing! I never thought about using shaped cookie cutters for biscuits and now I want only heart shaped biscuits forever! XD

Thank you for the recipe, I’ll definitely have to try these. ♥

Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Chocolate Hamantaschen

yield: 30-60 hamantaschen, depending on size

chewy chocolate chip cookies inside chocolate sugar cookies: a fun twist on a purim classic!    ingredients for the chocolate hamantaschen dough

  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¾ teaspoons baking powder

for the chocolate chip cookie dough

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup earth balance (or butter), at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

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Hau-Approved Malasada Recipe!

Hey Everyone!

Today we are going to be making those lovely Portuguese yeast-doughnuts popular in Hawaii.

Yes, Malasada.

As many of you are aware these have become more widely popularized by the resident cinnamon roll rival in Pokemon Sun & Moon, Hau.

Well I believe he’d love these!
Lets get started!


Malasadas

  • 3 ½ Cups of Flour
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons of Active Dry Yeast
  • ½ a Cup of Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter
  • ½ a Cup of Warm Water
  • ¼ a Cup of Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • ½ a Teaspoon of Salt
  • ½ a Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • Oil

Mix the warm water and milk together along with 1 Teaspoon of  your sugar , then add in your yeast. Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.

Mix the flour, salt and sugar together in a bowl, then make a well in the center, add in the eggs, yeast water, vanilla and melted butter, mixing together to a dough. 

Knead the dough together for 5-7 minutes or until smooth and slightly sticky.

Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic. Leave it all to rise for 1 -1 ½ hours in a warm place.

Take your dough and punch it down to release the gas. Roll into a 1 inch thick disk, then take a 3 inch biscuit cutter and cut yourself some rounds. 

Press dough scraps back into a ball and leave for 15 minutes before rolling out again. 

Let your discs rise for 10-15 minutes, then transfer to a pan of 350 degree Fahrenheit oil for 3 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes. 

Once golden, remove from the oil and place on paper towels to drain. 

Coat warm Malasada with sugar for a tasty treat!


Well I’m sure Hau would love these, and you will too!

Recipe: Tout est Bon Tea Biscuits

1 ½ C all-purpose flour
¼ t salt
½ T granulated sugar
½ t baking powder
½ t baking soda
1 ½ t cream of tartar
2/3 C milk
¼ C cold butter

*this recipe can be doubled

Place dry ingredients into a large bowl. Stir well to combine.
Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until well distributed and flour looks like small peas.

Add milk all at once and stir until mixed and dough forms a ball.
Place dough on floured board; knead gently a few times and flatten into a circle about ¾" thick. Cut with floured biscuit cutter or cut circle into 8 pie-shaped pieces.

Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 deg F for 12-15 mins.

for the apple rings
4 large apples (I used gala)
1 cup flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup buttermilk

vegetable oil for frying

for the cinnamon sugar topping
⅓ cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside. In a small bowl combine the egg and buttermilk. In a third dish, make your cinnamon-sugar topping by combining the ⅓ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Set that aside too.
Next, slice the apples into ¼-inch thick slices, and use circle biscuit cutters in graduated sizes to make rings out of each slice. Discard the center circles containing the apple core.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat to 350°F.
Combine the contents of the first and second dishes as the oil warms up. This will be your batter.
Dip the apple rings in and out of the batter one at a time, removing any dripping excess by tapping the rings against the side of the bowl.
Fry the rings in small batches, turning them to ensure browning on both sides.
Once the rings are golden and crispy, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel for a few seconds.
Quickly transfer the apple rings, one by one, into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and coat evenly.
Transfer to a wire rack and serve warm.
Notes
Apples can go a long way in the recipe, so if you don’t get to all 4 apples, don’t worry. Make as much or as little as you like.

anonymous asked:

For the "send a ship" post, Grell x Undertaker?

Hoo boy!

1. Grell says “I love you” first, but Undertaker returns the sentiment immediately.
2. Grell has a background pic of Undertaker raking fingers through his own hair while wearing those strapped boots… and nothing else. Similarly, Undertaker has a background pic of Grell posing in a pair of heels. Think: that shoe collaboration ad (you know the one).
3. Undertaker leaves odd notes on fogged-up mirrors, while Grell writes them in lipstick with 👄 marks (and sometimes “DEATH⭐️”) at the end.
4. Undertaker buys Grell lots of skull jewelry, but they are usually carved out of actual craniums, so it’s less cheesy and more morbid; Grell loves them. Undertaker also sometimes acquires fresh mangosteens for Grell. Grell finds unusually shaped biscuit cutters for Undertaker… like skulls, brains, and other body parts. One day a shipment of Armenian cochineals arrived, and Grell was disgusted by them… until Undertaker explained what they were for, then they spent the day making carmine (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmine). About a week later, Undertaker surprised Grell with red heart-shaped biscuits and homemade lipstick.
5. Grell initiated the first kiss (and it was on the cheek, actually), but Undertaker kind of simultaneously leaned in to receive it.
6. Whoever wakes up first kisses the other awake.
7. They both start tickle fights. Grell usually starts them to initiate intimacy. Undertaker does it mostly to make Grell laugh, but it also often ends in a bit of wink wink nudge nudge know what I mean I think you do say no more say no more….
8. They take bubble baths more often than showers, though they will switch to shower mode for the purpose of washing their long hair. They just plain get in their together.
9. Undertaker isn’t exactly welcome at the reaper offices, but sometimes he will find Grell out on assignment around lunchtime and show up with sandwiches or fish and chips - something easy to eat on the go. Grell practically drowns (pun intended?) the fish in malt vinegar….
10. Grell was nervous *before* their first date because it took five hours to get ready. Grell couldn’t figure out what to wear, decided nothing was right, and only calmed down after a three hour shopping spree and a stop at only THE best pastry-shop in London. Just about everything can be fixed by a new outfit, new 👠, and an eclair. They went dancing, and neither of them wanted the night to end.
11. Grell doesn’t like spiders. However, Undertaker does, so he just takes them outside.
12. Grell doesn’t have to be drunk to loudly proclaim love for Undertaker, but the proclamations get a bit slurred after a few hard drinks. Undertaker gets quiet when he drinks instead of loud; he will whisper it (with hot, alcoholic breaths) in Grell’s ear….

How’s that for ya?

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Kuroshitsuji Cookbook:

  • Title: Assam Tea Scones
  • Episode/Chapter: That Butler, Hunting [Ep. n/a, Chp. 14]

Information:

  • Yield: 10-12 scones 2 inches in diameter.
  • This dish is not showcased in the anime/manga; however, Assam tea and scones are both shown.
  • There are multiple kuro entries for each recipe in the anime/manga. Check out my ‘kuroshitsuji cookbook’ tag for more.
  • Recipe and image sources are not the same.

Recipe:

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tsp Assam tea leaves
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 dashes cardamom
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp cream
  • cinnamon sugar, for dusting

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 425. 
  • Grind the tea leaves to a fine dust. Shake them through a sieve to filter out the larger pieces. Volume of ground tea leaves should be roughly ¼ that of the unground (i.e. 1 tsp). 
  • Combine first eight ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Make a well in the center, add cream, and stir until just combined. (Don’t wash the measuring cup you used for the cream just yet, you’ll want the residue later.) Turn out on to a lightly floured work-surface and gently kneed until dough coheres and is smooth, about one minute. Turn over from time to time to prevent dough from sticking to surface. 
  • Pat dough out into a round 1/3 of an inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter of any shape (mine was a 2 inch diameter circle) cut out scones and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gather up scraps, pat out, and cut again. 
  • Brush the tops of the scones with the cream residue left in the measuring cup. If there isn’t enough to lightly cover all the scones, pour in a bit more. Dust with cinnamon sugar. Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes. 

Second Image source: http://www.cinnamonsoho.com/Blog/boxing-day-sales-in-london

Big Sister Helmet Tutorial
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~Supplies:~
about 2-3 yards of Fiberglass
resin
kids bouncy ball or basket ball (something round and bigger than your head, because remember the big sister was designed after a diver suit. And those helmets are HUGE XD)
Scissors 
Latex or non melting gloves (Resin will melt some kinds of gloves XD We found that out the hard way lol)
Rope
cake pan
sanding paper or sanding drill
plastic tubing
flexible conduit 
cookie cutters/biscuit cutters
red film gels
4 plastic circle disks- ranging in sizes from small to big (you’ll see where these come in at ^_^)
**easy cast resin
a half orb mold 
blue transparency resin dye
(if you want to cast your own blue orb that she’s got on top of her head, if not look for a toy ball or use a Christmas ornament whatever you feel like using ^_^)**
Small vent plates
That’s allot of stuff But you don’t have to use everything I did, whatever feels comfortable for you. ^_^

~starting~
Ok first what you want to do is get one of those big kid’s bouncy balls. There really cheap and when you’re done making the helmet there easy to pop. XD Anyways take that bouncy ball and make a stand (trash can works lol) it’s just to keep the ball steady as you work. Then cut out nice small pieces of fiberglass, making sure you lay them on the ball and they lay FLAT. This is very important! If the fiberglass gets bubbles while it dries it ruins the whole things and is a pain to get rid of. Oh and before to cover the ball in Pam spray because this will help keep the ball from sticking to the fiberglass, since you want to take it out once your done.

* I would suggest having a parent or friend help you while your doing this part. Because it’ll be allot safer and less stressful. ^_^*

Anyways once you have enough fiberglass to do one whole side, and it looks like they’ll lie nicely. You can now start mixing your Resin, make sure to follow the instructions very closely because if the mix is wrong it will be tacky from not curing right. And always wear gloves while working with resin, Resin is toxic so make sure you’re working outside, wearing gloves, and wearing a mask. XP because the fumes are HORRIBLE 

Once the Resin is mixed you have to quickly (but not messy quick) put each piece of fiberglass on the ball and paint on the resin, making sure each layer has a good soaked look. Wait for your first layer of Fiberglass and resin to cure before turning the ball over and starting the other side. (Just repeat this process till you’ve got about 3 good layers on the whole ball but be sure to leave a area for your head lol)

*If you’re getting bubbles just slowly and gently apply pressure and work it around till the bubble goes away. BE careful because the fiberglass likes to move around allot and sticks real bad.
Once the whole ball is covered let it cure for a few days outside, this will make sure everything is hard and the smell will start to go away. Once it’s hard pop the ball and take out the remains.
This is what it should kinda look like;
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once it looks like this start to draw on the ball, marking where each hole is going to be. Just like I did in the above photo XD(please ignore the bad anime face ) Now comes the fun part lol NOT. Ok what you want to do now is start cutting out those holes, I highly recommend getting a small hand drill they come in handy with this. Because a knife is way too hard to cut through fiberglass and it leaves it jagged. Once holes are cute it should look like this;
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Now you see the plastic tubing coming out of the holes, you can find those at any home depot or if there is a plastic store near you. That will be your best bet on getting those and each one was used for marking the holes, since there different sizes. Remember that because if the hole is too big you’ll have to add some hot glue on the inside to keep it in place. Not a big deal but it’s easier to work with if they fit. For the big hole, that sits on her right side on her head that has the glass bubble. lol I took a cookie/biscuit cutter and hot glued it in the hole, just like the other plastic tubing. 

Once each plastic tubing is in it’s rightfully spot, hot glue in the inside of the helmet wear the plastic tubing and the helmet meet.( This will keep them in place and keep the glue out of sight) Now for the face plate, take a cake pan which is about 1 and half deep inches deep. And cut out a hole, like this;
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Once done place the cake pan going from the inside, out. Then just hot glue where the pan and helmet meet, in the inside. Now once everything is set and glued, you can make the rings that rest under the helmet. What you do is take the flexible tubing and make two circles one just a tiny bit smaller than the other. Once cut, glue them together with ether gorilla glue or Epoxy glue. (Something sturdy and will last for a long time) Once the circles are done, take the smallest one and place it on top of the larger one. Now take some glue (Epoxy, E6000, or Gorilla) and glue them together, and to keep them from moving around just take some duck tape and tape them together carefully in three spots. (More if needed)

Now that we have the neck peace done, you can attach it to the helmet piece. By gluing them together, just like you did for the neck piece. To make sure it’ll dry right take some duct tape and tape the neck piece to the helmet. Once glued you should let dry/cure all the way so give it a day or two, keep checking if the glue is drying or not. Because sometimes the glue; will take longer to dry/cure in different temperature.

Now that everything is dried and in place, I’d say start drawing on where you going to place more fiberglass and the rope. Like I did here;
(This helped me when we started adding more dimension to the helmet and added the rope which outlined the raised level of fiberglass. Giving it a wrapped metal look)
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Once everything is drawn on, your going to have to deal with resin and fiberglass again. XP Yah I know the smelly stuff, but once you’re done with this step you don’t have to work with it again. ^_^ Anyways start cutting out pieces that fit the drawn area, make sure you, you make enough to create a raised look. Once every things cut out, start mixing your resin again like before. Then start placing the fiberglass and resin on the helmet, once your done let it dry for a day then start gluing on the rope. Making sure it goes on the edges of the raised fiberglass, this will help give it the look of metal.
It should like this;
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Now it’s time to sand, if you’ve got a power sander this is a great time to use it. If not sanding is going to take a while, but once your done sanding then it’s time for paint primmer. Just coat the whole helmet and neck piece with 2-3 coats. Once the paint dries, then you’re going to have to glue on the flexible conduit, make sure it goes under the face plate and around, ending about half way on the helmet.
Like so;
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Now on to the fun part, PAINTING ^-^
First what your going to need is spray paint in these colors.
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Once you have the colors you want, it’s start to paint on a first coat. Take your lightest color (The copper is what I started with) and paint the whole head. Don’t worry about covering anything, because there mostly copper and you can go back and paint it a different color later anyways. Once you have the base color coat, it’s time to add the dark beat up spots. What I did was take the hammered sprays and dark grey and just lightly sprayed in spots and did long strokes. Basically just trying to make it look like it’s been worn for a long time.
After a while it should be kind of like this;
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Now it’s time to add a darker color and add shadows, to do this take the brass color and spray in different directions making sure there short and at a distance. So you don’t cover up to much of the light colors, then it’s time for the really dark beat up spots. This is very simple, but you must take your time with it. Just grab a small sponge and some black acrylic paint or spray paint, and lightly get some on the sponge. Then take the sponge, dab and scrub in different areas, making sure the stay small. After doing this for a while it’ll start looking like this.
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Now the painting is done and everything is dry, time for the decorations. First are the lenses, to make these you’re going to need to buy clear circle plastic disks. One for each size of hole: the biggest one for your face; once you have these disks. You’re going to glue on the red film gel on both sides of the disks. 
*Glue them on with E6000 CLEAR
*Remember that the one on the right does not need a red plastic disk.

Now let these dry for 3 days, once dried cut away the remaining red film gels the hang off the side. Now take them and place them on there hole, hot gluing them in place on the inside of the helmet.
*If there not fitting, then you’re going to have to sand them till they fit.

Now you’re almost done, but you still need to add the nut bolts which on the face plate. Just grab some bolts and hot glue them in place and fill in the holes. Like so;
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Finally thing to do is the piece sticking out.
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To do this grab a plastic tube 3 inches tall, some belts or foam, a plastic lid, and your bubble. Take the tube and cut pieces of belts or foam an inch wide and hot glue them onto the tube. Leaving a little gap in between each one, once the tube is covered, spray paint it with a grey and brass color. Take the plastic lid and cut a hole in the middle, not to big just enough so light can shine through, so half of how wide your tube is. Hot glue it to the top of the tube and spray paint again, the finally you can hot glue your bubble on top of the tube. Then take the completed tube and hot glue it into the biscuit cutter.
*Make sure to glue on the seam in the inside of the helmet.

You’re done!!!!! ^_^ 
*Please do not freak if you see the different colors on the helmet. When painted the helmet will change colors in different lights just like hers in the game. So don’t worry if it looks grey below it’s really the same color brass and copper. ^_^
Now your helmet should look like this;
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If you’d like to know how to make it light up, it’s just wedding led lights that you get in the wedding section at Joanns that are glued in on the inside of the cake pan and put in foam for the small pipes on the rest of the helment.  Anyways thank you everyone for your support, and if your confused about anything or want to know more. Please feel free to email me

Samhian “Soul Cakes” Recipe!

What you will need:

  • 2 c of all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pinch of Saffron
  • ½ c milk
  • 1 stick of soft, unsalted butter
  • ½ c sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ c currants

For glaze:

  • 1 beaten egg yolk
  1. Pre- heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Mix flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt in bowl (small or medium size). Mix with a fork.
  3. Crumble saffron threads into small saucepan, heat over low heat just until they become aromatic (make sure not to burn them). Add milk, heat till milk turns a bright yellow. Remove from heat.
  4. Mix sugar and butter with a wooden spoon into a cream. Add yolk and blend thoroughly.
  5. Add spiced flour to the mix, blend thoroughly as possible; mixture will be dry and crumbly.
  6. Little at a time, add the warm milk, blending vigorously with spoon. When you have a soft dough, stop adding milk.
  7. Knead dough on a floured counter, with floured hands, till dough is uniform. 
  8. Roll out gently to a thick ½ in sheet. Cut out circles with a cooking/biscuit cutter (try getting as many pieces as possible)
  9. Place on ungreased cookie sheet (I like to cover sheet with wax paper or parchment paper)
  10. Decorate with currants. Brush with beaten egg yolk. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden and shiny.
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Harry Potter Cookbook:

  • Title: Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Pumpkin Pasties

Information:

  • Yield: 18-22
  • There are multiple Harry Potter recipes like this one under my ‘hp cookbook’ tag.
  • Image and recipe source are the same.

Recipe:

Ingredients: 

Cookie Crust

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 6 Tablespoons molasses
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Filling

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Tools

  • Wax paper
  • Circle cookie cutter
  • Chopstick or wooden spoon with a rounded end

For the imprints:

  •  'H’ foam stamp
  • scalloped biscuit cutter
  • circle cookie cutter or drinking glass smaller in circumference than the one you use to cut out the cookies

Directions:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, add eggs, butter, brown sugar, molasses and shortening.  Beat until fluffy.
  •  In a large bowl, add flours, baking soda and salt.  Whisk to thoroughly combine.
  •  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix till a cohesive dough is formed.  Turn out on a lightly floured work surface and divide dough in to two separate balls.
  • Tear off a sheet of wax paper to fit inside a baking sheet.  Set wax paper on your work surface.    Lightly dust wax paper with flour.  Form one dough ball in to a flat rectangular shape. With a rolling pin, roll dough almost to the edges of the wax paper.  Transfer dough and wax paper to your baking sheet.  
  • Repeat with second dough ball.  Place 2nd rolled sheet of dough and wax paper on top of the first.  Cover entire baking pan with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  •  Prepare filling by combining all ingredients in a small bowl.  Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • When dough has chilled, use a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass dusted with flour to cut circles from the first sheet of dough.  Place on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart.  Set scrap dough aside.
  • Put a heaping teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle
  • From the second sheet of dough, use the same circle cutter to cut the same number of circles as you did in Step 7, but do not remove from the wax paper.  While still on the wax paper, imprint each circle with an 'H’ for “Hogwarts” or “Harry”.
  • Use the scalloped cutter to press a pattern around the 'H’. Then use the circle cutter to press a final circle.  Do not cut all the way through.
  • Cover each bottom-half on the tray with a stamped top-half.  Using the rounded end of a chopstick or wooden spoon, press around each pie to crimp closed.

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  • Bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes.  
  • (While the pasties are baking, combine all the scrap dough into a flat rectangle and roll out on a sheet of wax paper.  Refrigerate for 20 minutes, then repeat the process above to make more pasties.)
  • Remove from oven.  Cool for 10 minutes on a rack before removing from pan to continue cooling.  

Source site includes instructions to make the packaging also.

Buttermilk and Honey Biscuits

I have to admit, I am a bit shy about posting the recipe for these sweet biscuits, but because these biscuits came out so darn flaky, tender, buttery and scrumptious… I guess I have to be shameless.

Ingredients: Pre-heat oven at 375'F

4 cups Bisquick mix (yes, the pre-mixed pancake/waffle boxed mix)

2 teaspoons baking powder

¾ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

1/3 cup buttermilk

1 medium-size whole egg

1 Tablespoon honey

extra Bisquick mix or plain all-purpose flour (for dusting)

2 Tablespoons milk + 1 Tablespoon honey
(mix to brush the top of the biscuits before baking)

Procedure:

- Combine bisquick mix and baking powder in a mixing bowl, add cold cubed butter.
Work the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter or
by rubbing your fingers against the flour and butter until mixture
resembles coarse medium crumbs.

- Mix buttermilk, egg and honey and beat with a fork until well combined.
Gradually add the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture in
the center of the mixing bowl, use a fork to gently incorporate the wet
and dry ingredients until mixture gathers into a soft (but not sticky and wet) dough.
If mixture is sticky, add 1-2 Tablespoons more of Bisquick or plain flour… just feel the dough :D

- Turn out the dough onto a floured surface, flatten the dough with the palm
of your hands (do not knead, overworking/kneading the dough will make the biscuits tough)
into a 1-inch disk.

- Using a 2-inch diameter round biscuit cutter, cut the dough into rounds.

- Place cut dough (2 inches apart) onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

- Combine the milk and honey. Using a pastry brush, paint the biscuit tops with the mixture.

- Bake biscuits for 15-18 minutes, or until tops are light golden brown.

- Serve fresh and hot out of the oven as is or spread with jam,
whipped or clotted cream or a drizzle of honey.

Makes 1 dozen

Happy almost-Valentine’s Day, love bugs!! I’ve been soo excited for V-Day all week, so I decided to try out a fun recipe and share it with you all to get in the spirit! I found this adorable donut recipe on A Beautiful Mess (such an amazing blog!). They combine three of my favorite things: dark chocolate, red wine, and LOVEEEE. Peep the instructions and my own step-by-step pics below (I did my best!!). If you try out this recipe yourself, don’t forget to tweet me a pic. I’d love to see how yours turn out! Xo, V

CHOCOLATE + RED WINE BISCUIT DONUTS

Glaze Ingredients:
½ cup butter ¼ cup red wine
2 tablespoon light corn syrup
3.5 oz. dark chocolate
2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:
In a small pot melt together the butter and wine over low heat. Add in the corn syrup and chocolate. Stir as the chocolate melts so everything will blend together. Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time.

Donuts:
The donuts are made from canned buttermilk biscuits. Use cookie cutters to cut out your donut shapes. Fill a dutch oven or heavy duty pot with 2-3 inches of oil. Heat the oil to 350°F. Fry the donuts for about 1 minute on each side. Remove to a bed of paper towels to soak up any excess oil. Once the donuts are cool enough to handle dip them in the glaze. Top with sprinkles. Enjoy!!!

Recipe Via: www.abeautifulmess.com

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Homemade Cinnamon-Sugar Donuts Filled with Valencia Orange Curd 

Celebrate National Donut Day the Daily Squeeze Way!

These tasty treats are loaded with the delicious flavor of sweet Valencia oranges. The yeast donuts are fried until golden and coated with cinnamon and sugar creating a crunchy exterior and tender middle. After one bite they get even better when you are greeted with the creamy orange curd tucked inside.

SERVINGS: About 10 donuts

TIME TO TABLE:
90 minutes prep time plus chilling overnight and rising, 30 minutes cook time.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup warm whole milk (105 to 115 degrees F)
¼ cup + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3 to 3 ½ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 whole egg, beaten
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
¼ teaspoon salt
Peanut oil for frying

Orange Curd
½ cup fresh Paramount Citrus Valencia orange juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 whole egg
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
Pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon almond extract

For rolling donuts
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

PREPARATION

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the warm milk, 3 tablespoons of sugar and the yeast. Set aside and let bloom, about 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Add 2 ½ cups of flour to the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook. Turn to low and pour in the bloomed yeast. Add the ¼ cup of sugar, whole egg, 1 tablespoon of butter and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Increase the speed to medium. Slowly add the remaining flour, ¼ cup at a time, until the dough comes together into a ball. It should be sticky, but still hold its shape.

3. Dump the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead into a ball and wrap loosely with plastic wrap, refrigerate overnight, 8 to 12 hours.

4. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to about ½-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut the dough into 10 donuts. Re-roll the dough as needed. Place the donuts in a single layer on a well greased baking sheet or a baking sheet covered in a silicone mat. Let rise for 2 ½ hours.

5. Prepare the curd while the donuts rise. Add the orange juice, 1/3 cup of sugar, 2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg to the top bowl of a filled double boiler. Stir until smooth. Heat the water in the double boiler to a simmer. Add the 6 tablespoons of butter and salt.

6. Stir the curd while it cooks and thickens, about 10 minutes. It should begin to coat the back of the spoon. Strain through a mesh sieve to remove any solids that have formed. Stir the almond extract into the curd. Chill completely in the refrigerator, at least one hour. Stir it every 15 minutes to ensure even cooling as it thickens.

7. Stir together the ¾ cup sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.

8. Fill a 4-quart pot with the oil to reach about 3 inches. Heat to 350 to 375 degrees F. Fry the donuts, working in batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through. Let drain on a sheet pan lined with paper towels for 30 seconds. Transfer each donut to the cinnamon sugar and toss to coat evenly. Let cool completely.

9. Insert a chopstick halfway through the side of each donut to create a canal for the filling. Transfer the cooled curd to a pastry tube or bag. Pipe about 1 tablespoon of filling into each donut. Rest the donuts filling-hole up while the curd sets to prevent it from dripping out, and serve.

 

Rise and shine!

Contrary to what you might think, it’s a little tricky to make a good looking toad-in-a-hole. I’ve had lots of practice and this is how I do it:

  1. Cut a shape out of a piece of bread using your largest biscuit cutter. (Reserve cut-out shape to be toasted.)
  2. Lightly butter bread and place butter side down in a preheated, nonstick skillet. Grill bread until golden.
  3. Remove bread from pan and take skillet off the heat.
  4. After pan has slightly cooled, set burner heat to low. Melt ½ teaspoon or so of butter in pan and swirl to coat. Return bread to pan (grilled side up) and crack a small egg into center of cut-out. Let egg cook slowly until whites are set.
  5. If you prefer a more well-cooked egg, turn toad-in-a-hole over and cook other side. It won’t be as pretty but just as delicious!
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Vans Girls: Cooking Up Coolness with A Cozy Kitchen 

Ah, the holidays. A time to bundle up in your coziest sweater and Sk8-Hi’s, hang out with the family, and fill up on all the yummiest sweets and treats of the season. Our girl, Adrianna of A Cozy Kitchen knows what’s up, and has filled the pages of her latest cook book, The Year of Cozy with easy recipes for delectable carby goodness. We asked Adrianna to share one of her favorite dishes to bring to Friendsgiving, which is just as easy to make as it is hard to only have one. Here’s her easy recipe for Flaky, Buttery Buttermilk Biscuits…

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grimmnir, gregspenis, and proud-brit think that blacks haven’t contributed anything to society…ever. I guess they don’t know we made these

air conditioning unit
almanac
auto cut-switch
auto fishing devise
automatic gear shift
baby buggy
bicycle frame
biscuit cutter
blood plasma bag
cellular phone
chamber commode
clothes dryer
curtain rod
curtain rod support
door knob
door stop
dust pan
egg beater
electric lampbulb
elevator
eye protector
fire escape ladder
fire extinguisher
folding bed
folding chair
fountain pen
furniture caster
gas mask
golf tee
guitar
hair brush
hand stamp
horse shoe
ice cream scooper
improv. sugar making
insect-destroyer gun
ironing board
key chain
lantern
lawn mower
lawn sprinkler
lemon squeezer
lock
lubricating cup
lunch pail
mail box
mop
motor
peanut butter
pencil sharpener
phone transmitter
record player arm
refrigerator
riding saddles
rolling pin
shampoo headrest
spark plug
stethoscope
stove
straightening comb
street sweeper
thermostat
traffic light
tricycle
typewriter

And these are only some of them. I guess they don’t know that what we have done is everywhere.

Oh and by the way, there are more whites on welfare and government help than blacks. Just so you know.

Brunch: scrambled eggs & potato cakes.

…I was going through some food photos last night and found myself being increasingly annoyed that I couldn’t find these when I wanted to show them to people while out and about. So I’m going to start posting them up here for quick retrieval. A bunch today, various others over the days to come. When there’s a recipe I’ll link to it.

Besides other tags, I’ll be tagging these with #recipefoto, so if you don’t want to see these and are using Tumblr Savior or XKit or something similar, blacklist that tag.

(Oh, the potato cakes: you do these by ear. You need mashed potatoes, self-raising flour [or flour & baking powder] and buttermilk. Beat the buttermilk into the leftover mash until everything is a sort of slurry. Mix in enough flour to turn the whole business into a very soft dough. [Add baking powder to the flour first if you’re not using self-raising. Half a teaspoon is usually enough.] Flour a work surface, gently roll out the dough, and cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter. Reknead the scraps, roll out again until everything’s used up. Preheat a frying pan, add cooking oil (or butter if you prefer), turn down the heat and bake slowly, as on a griddle, for about four minutes on a side. Serve hot.)