A Baker’s Day Off

Working while trying to pursue your dreams can be quite difficult. Even if you work at a job you really love, it can be hard to balance a work life & social life along side pursuing your passion.

Last Thursday was my first real day off since November. Now, in saying that, I do always have Sundays off – but Sundays are my dedicated day of rest so I try not to do anything but read or spend time with my family and close friends. However Thursday was a true day to spend any way I wanted it. Consequently then, I spent my day in the kitchen with my apron on and a spoon in hand!

I kinda went a little crazy and made a ton! I made two different kinds of scones, mini muffins, a loaf, small snack pastries and a pan of brownies. I ended up giving most of the scones away to my other job, stopping by the coffee stands to say hi and take a break a from baking for a bit. On top of all that, a friend of mine came over and we had our first creative session together! We are partnering, using our creativity to help build our small businesses! She’s a photographer, taking photos of my pastries for my website and Instagram – we are both stoked to be working together! It was such a fun time!

As a result of baking all day, I tried out some old and new recipes that I wanted to share with you all! Here you go!

 

Rosemary Orange Scones

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5 cups flour
10 tablespoons sugar
8 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 sticks of butter
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 Orange, zested
3 tablespoons rosemary
1 cup chocolate chips

Scones can be tricky. For this recipe, I add all the dry ingredients first. Then chop up your butter into cubes and mix with the dry ingredients by hand. Add the milk and eggs with the orange zest and rosemary. When a dough begins to form add the chocolate chips.

Flour your surface before rolling out the dough. If you are making large scones, divided the dough into 2 balls, 4 balls if making minis. Roll each ball into a circle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut each circle into 8 triangles. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.

I decorate the scones with a simple powdered sugar and water glaze! Simply delicious, all you need is a cup of tea to go with these scones!

 

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Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices

2 very large granny smith apples
3 1/2 cups melting chocolate
1 cup caramels, melted
Chopped pecans

Super Easy Recipe! Just slice up your apples, melt the chocolate and dip the apples in the chocolate. Before they dry completely, sprinkle the caramel drizzle and chopped pecans on the apples.

 

 

27603960_1465409560247922_87430799_oBanana Bread Muffins

2 cup sugar
1 cup butter
5 eggs
2 cups flour
6 tbsp buttermilk
2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 cups ripe bananas
1 cup nuts or chocolate chips (optional)

All I did for these is put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mixed them together until combined. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 60 minutes if making a loaf, about 35 minutes for mini muffins! Quick and easy.

 

 

 That’s all for now! Remember not too work yourself too hard and take a day to rest and do something you love. I’ll post more recipes soon, have a wonderful day!

With love,

Brooke Elizabeth

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