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Sugar Glass Butterflies

Sugar Glass Butterflies
Click on photo for Jennifer Dontz's tutorial for making Sugar Glass Butterflies!


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Blueberry Muffins




I am always on the look out for new and Amazing recipes.



With the nice weather finally here it was time to start making some dessert's with fresh fruit.
This recipe is my new favorite for blueberry muffins..

Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping Recipe

Note: Coat the blueberries with a dusting of flour to prevent them from sinking to the bottom. Also remember to evenly distribute the blueberries across the muffin cups.

Streusel Topping Ingredients

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Muffin Ingredients
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
8 ounces sour cream
1/4 cup milk
3 cups (1 1/2 pints) fresh blueberries, stems removed

Directions

For the topping, in a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Add the butter pieces and combine the mixture with a fork until the topping resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place paper liners in muffin pans. In a separate medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
With an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. At low speed, beat one egg in at a time, and then add vanilla, sour cream, and milk until combined. Add 1/3 of dry ingredients at a time and beat until just combined. With a spatula, evenly fold blueberries into batter.
Scoop batter into muffin pans and fill each cup to the top. Sprinkle topping evenly over batter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a cake tester or wooden skewer comes out clean.

Makes 24 muffins,
Blueberry coffee cake muffins adapted from Barefoot Contessa]……

Here is where I found this recipe.


Photography by Diane Marks
2010 All rights reserved.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Modeling Chocolate Roses- by Mame Recckio Wolfe


Dark Modeling Chocolate


1 lb. (454 g) semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate
2/3 cup (8 oz. or 224 g) light corn syrup or golden syrup or Karo


White and Milk Modeling Chocolate


1 lb. (454 g) Mercken’s Super White Chocolate [or color candy melts of choice – i.e. Red for Valentine’s Day]
1/2 cup (6 oz. or 168 g) light corn syrup


 The higher chocolate : corn syrup ratio = the stiffer/stronger the clay


 Place chocolate in a micro-safe glass bowl, and microwave for 1 minute intervals, stir, microwave for another minute, and stir vigorously to completely melt the chocolate…if still a little lumpy, microwave for another 30 seconds
 Add the corn syrup and stir quickly to incorporate – stir until the chocolate follows the spatula around the bowl – about a minute
 Pour the chocolate into plastic wrap, or leave in glass bowl covered with plastic wrap, for 24 hours
 Taking small pieces at a time, knead the chocolate until just soft enough to shape
 If the chocolate starts to stick to your fingers, lightly dust your fingers with cornstarch
 Procedure for making roses follows
 Any remaining chocolate should be triple wrapped in plastic wrap, place in a Ziplock bag and freeze indefinitely



Rose making procedures:
Knead small portions of chocolate clay as needed, until soft and pliable
Weigh out chocolate paste:

 5g for mounds = 3/4" or about 2cm ball
 3g for petals = 1/2” or 1-1/2cm

 …mound = ball on the left / petal = ball on right

Rose bud = bud + 2 petals
Small rose blossom = bud + 3 petals
Medium rose = bud + 3 + 5 petals
Full rose = bud + 3 + 5 + 7 petals
Rose Mound or Bud:
 Make mound or bud with a fat-rounded bottom, tapered to a point at the top

 Approximately 1-1/4” long or 3cm
Using a piece of plastic wrap, dust with cornstarch, place the 1/2" ball of clay on the plastic wrap and fold the plastic wrap over the ball:

 Press out to about an 1-1/2” diameter oval, using your thumb or finger

 Make the top 2/3’s of the petal/circle thinner than the bottom 1/3

 Flatten/shape all the 1/2" balls/petals required for your rose, before applying them to the bud/mound – this allows a little drying time , making them easier to apply – less sticky…I have hot hands!!!



 Latex gloves can also be used for this application, if you have very hot hands!!!

 Dust the plastic wrap each time you flatten out the ball

 Note: If when pressing out the ball you feel small pieces of un-melted chocolate – roll it back into a ball, rolling it firmly in your palm…this will melt the tiny pieces of un-melted chocolate

 …this was made with a double layer of scrap chiffon material, with a pastry bag tie…use dust puff gently – the cornstarch comes out very easily…

Small Rose Blossom:

 Wrap the 1st petal around the mound/bud



 Wrap the 2nd petal, tucking it under 1st petal, having the 1st petal overlap slightly



 Continue adding petals, tucking under previous petal…and shaping petals as you add them…


 Mound or bud + wrap + 2 petals


Medium Rose Blossom:

 Mound or bud + wrap + 2 petals – small rose blossom

 Plus 5 more petals
Full Rose Blossom:

 Mound or bud with wrap + 14 petals





Tutorial and Photography by Mame Recckio Wolfe.
Copyright. 2010 All rights reserved.

This material was used with the expressed permission of Mame Recckio Wolfe and may not be
reproduced without written permission from the author.


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