Thursday, February 9, 2017

Homemade Biscuits - Simple and Delicious

It's heading down to 17 degrees. A pot of stew is simmering and the perfect finishing touch - homemade biscuits are in the oven.  Even if you don't consider yourself a baker - biscuits are easy, have few ingredients and are delicious.  Flour, salt, baking powder, milk and butter.  That's it! And even when you make a mistake (as I did) they are still good.

So here goes:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
In a large mixing bowl sift together 2 cups of  flour, 1 tbs baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt. 
Cut in shortening (I always use butter 1/2 cup or 8 tbs) with fork or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Pour 3/4 c of milk into flour mixture while stirring with a fork. Mix in milk until dough is soft, moist and pulls away from the side of the bowl.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and toss with flour until no longer sticky. Roll dough out into a 1/2 inch thick sheet and cut with a floured biscuit or cookie cutter. Press together unused dough and repeat rolling and cutting procedure.
Place biscuits on ungreased baking sheets and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
I got involved in another project and left them in the oven a bit too long - but they were so good!  Very flaky on the outside and perfect on the inside. 
Serve plain or sliced with butter.  Yum!!!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Valentine's Day = LOVE

I have always loved Valentines Day.  In our world today, we need a day of love, hearts & kindness. Just a day to be nice!
Hearts - anything hearts are my favorite. So here are a few of my favorite items on my Etsy - Well Dressed  Cupcakes
For those who like to make their own items - Digital Downloads are so easy.  Just print as many as you need of these adorable conversation Heart saying Flags.  Printed on a vintage look of pinks and white wood.

As I said anything with a heart -This little cake banner with hearts is perfect for your cupcakes and cakes.

Love Birds in all heart patterns are a perfect addition for your little cakes

Mason Jar Gift Tags with hearts - customized colors

For your traveler - Map Cupcake Toppers

Pretty Cupcake Pinwheels in pink and red with tiny heart brads

Larger Hearts with LOVE in cherry red are perfect for cupcakes, write on the back of each and use as a placecard or fill a tiny vase with these for your table decor! Or Handstamped LOVE On red & white Hearts.

Hearts in all colors - Navy, Sage Green, Pink, Pearl White or pretty much any color you need are available. 

Hand punched Confetti - all colors for your table, in a Valentines Day Card or fill up a pretty bowl.

Garlands of course with hearts - all sizes and lengths arriving to you in a mini envelope. Vintage garlands, Blue Garlands and Red Mini Garlands!

Cupcake wrappers for your Valentine Treats, available in mini and standard sizes. Already assembled. In pink, Red and White
Just bake and drop into decorate. 

You can find all these pretty items in my shop 
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Happy Valentines Day!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sweets and Treats In New York City

A family wedding this past weekend, lots of walking, being a tourist and having crazy fun. Of course I had to check out so many sweets and treats!  From Gorgeous French Macaroons to all of the delicious little Cupcake Shops-you could just sample all day long.  We arrived at the hotel and were met by my brother in law, with this tiny, fancy little bag which was holding these beautiful French Macaroons.  Delicious! Pink and green, filled with raspberry and chocolate - they were delicious! It also renewed my quest for making my own.  I have the recipes, just need to keep trying! Here is a cookbook I have which I will use when I get home!
The first event was a family dinner - not small as my husband is one of 9.  So just imagine husbands, wives and children.  My beautiful niece's father is from France so the dessert was a magnificent chocolate soufflé.
 All at the same time, each table received this delicious dessert dusted with Powdered sugar.  I have not attempted this treat but was very impressed at the 10 perfect soufflés that emerged from this tiny kitchen!

We had the day to explore on Saturday as the wedding was in the evening.  Our first stop - breakfast. I sampled each of my relatives choices but my favorite was a spelt cranberry scone.

We didn't stop at each treat store but I did take pictures - trust me- I'm going back! Love these little minis from Baked by Melissa.  They are delicious and check out all of her flavors on her                                                                                                                                             

Didn't get to stop but these doughnut flavors....yum                                                                             
Had to try this pretzel while we visited Christmas Village in Bryant Park.  I did share this.  I opted for the salted but oh so many kinds

Our final event - the wedding.  Another first for me - croquembouche which is alternative French wedding cake, a tower of profiteroles. 
  This was just amazing to see and delicious.  Next trays of French Pastries were passed on trays and I tried many of them!  All good!
A wonderful weekend, with family, a beautiful new marriage and good desserts!
I'll let you know how the macaroons turn out.
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Gifts and Goodies for Bakers

I get it - no one has started baking yet.  But how about some stocking stuffers, Secret Santa Gifts, or presents for your favorite baker?  Well Dressed Cupcakes has some adorable Baking Gifts which will come gift wrapped with a tag.  Here's just a few of them.
Find these and lots more party décor at Oh and mention this blog and get 5% off any holiday items

 Printable Holiday Cupcake Flags - Make your own - just print and glue as many as you want!

Love these little Mini Cupcake Wrappers! a variety of vintage patterns

Red and Green Cupcake Wrappers - Standard and Mini Sizes

 Gold and Ivory Baking Cups - Just too Pretty!

 Ivory Cupcake Wrapper handstamped in gold holly décor 

Holly Berry Cupcake Flags in Ivory and Gold with tiny red berries

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pumpkin Pie - Let's Add Some Spice

Let's go back to the 1600's!  Pumpkin Pie did not look like the pies we see today on our Thanksgiving tables. Some recipes called for filling the pumpkin in milk and straining it before putting it into a crust. Another recipe called for layering pumpkins and apples along with thyme and rosemary and some had no crust but instead filled a hollowed out pumpkin with spiced and sweetened milk before putting it into a fire to cook. A big thank you to Libbys for introducing canned pumpkin in 1929 as I'm not so sure I'd be eating it today!  I make around 6 pies every Thanksgiving and apple probably wins out as a favorite but mine is pumpkin!  This is the best of all the recipes I have tried.  It's not too sweet and has a warm, spicy flavor that will make you want a 2nd piece! and maybe even a piece for breakfast!
1 single pie crust (please make your own - its not the hard  - recipe & post to follow.  But if this is your first pie & you're nervous - you can buy a crust! or make a graham cracker crust!  Trust me it's delicious!
1 3/4 cups of pumpkin puree ( don't use the pumpkin pie filling) I like the organic version
1/2 cup plus 3 tbs of dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves                                                           
 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbs molasses
1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
3 large eggs

1.  Make the pie crust and cool the BAKED shell
2.  preheat oven to 375 degrees
3.  Place the pumpkin, brown sugar, spices and salt in a large mixing bowl & blend with a whisk
4.  Add molasses, milk and eggs.  Stir with a whisk till smooth
5.  Pour the filling into the pie shell and cover edges of the crust with foil so they wont burn.
6.  Bake in the center of the oven about 1 hour until the top is shiny and set.  Test by inserting a knife into the center and it will come out clean.
7.  Serve warm or at room temp with a dollop of whipped cream

More Pictures to follow after the baking marathon!
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