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LA BREA BAKERY CHOCOLATE-WALNUT SCONES
PREP: 20 MINUTES
CHILLING TIME: 1 HOUR
BAKING TIME: 30 MINUTES
OVEN TEMP: 350 DEGREES
SERVES – 12
1 ¼ CUP TOASTED WALNUTS, DIVIDED
7 TABLESPOONS GRANULATED SUGAR, DIVIDED
2 ¾ CUP UNBLEACHED PASTRY FLOUR OR UNBLEACHED ALL- PURPOSE FLOUR
1 TABLESPOON PLUS 1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER
PINCH OF SALT
½ CUP (1 STICK) PLUS 2 TABLESPOONS UNSALTED BUTTER, CUT INTO 1 INCH CUBES AND FROZEN
1 CUP (6 OUNCES) FINELY CHOPPED BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE
1 CUP PLUS 2 TABLESPOONS WHIPPING CREAM, DIVIDED
¼ CUP CRÈME FRAICHE OR SOUR CREAM
1 TABLESPOON VANILLA EXTRACT
1. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine 1 cup of the nuts with 3 tablespoons sugar and process until the mixture is the consistency of fine meal. Add 3 more tablespoons sugar with the flour, baking powder and salt and pulse to incorporate. Add the butter and pulse on and off until the mixture is the consistency of fine meal.
2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the chocolate pieces. Make a large well in the center and pour in 1 cup whipping cream, the crème fraiche and the vanilla. Whisk the liquids together. Using one hand, draw in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The mixture will be crumbly.
3. Wash and dry your hands and dust them with flour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently a few times, then gather it into a ball. Roll or pat the dough into a circle 1½ inches thick. Spray the inside of a 1½ inch round cutter with nonstick spray and cut out circles, cutting them as close together as possible and keeping the trimmings intact.
4. Gather the scraps, press them back together and cut out additional circles. (If the dough gets too soft to cut refrigerate it for 15 minutes) lace the circles in groups of three on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing the groups 1 inch apart and gently pressing the edges together to form clovers. Freeze until firm about 1 hour.
5. Brush the tops with the remaining 2 T. cream and sprinkle with the remaining 1 T. sugar and ¼ cup ground nuts. Bake for 30 -34 minutes until light brown and slightly firm to touch.
These scones are very large and rich. In our second cooking class, because of the amount of food we prepared, we opted to bake these as each individual circle rather than the clover cluster of 3. This might be something for you to consider if you are serving these with other foods. If they will stand alone . . . I vote for the clover clusters.
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As promised yesterday, here is the recipe of the decadent sister to the Rosemary Potato Cupcakes! These are really not as “decadent” as I let on . . . on second thought . . . perhaps they are! Once you taste them, I think you will agree though that they are not as rich as one would expect from reading the recipe. As you can see from my pictures, these make for a very nice presentation especially when you pair them with thew Rosemary Potato cupcakes. Enough talk . . . let’s get started!
Ganache-Filled Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting
PREP: 20 MINUTES
BAKING TIME: 17 MINUTES
OVENN TEMP: 350 DEGREES
SERVES: 20-24 CUPCAKES
1 cup Guinness or any stout beer
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs (at room temperature)
2/3 cup sour cream
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp butter, room temperature
1 to 2 tsp Irish whiskey (optional) (I omitted the whiskey.)
Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting
3 to 4 cups confectioners sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 to 4 Tbsp Bailey’s (or milk, half and half or heavy cream)
Make the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Line 24 cupcake cups with liners.
In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to a simmer. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 3/4 tsp salt in a large bowl to blend. With an electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another bowl, to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using a rubber spatula, fold the batter until completely combined.
Divide the batter among the cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake them until the tester inserted into the center comes out clean, rotating them once front to back if your oven bakes unevenly, about 17-20 minutes.
Remove the cupcakes from the pan and cool completely on a rack.
Make the filling:
Chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heat-proof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth. (If the chocolate is not sufficiently melted, it may returned to a double-boiler to gently melt what remains; or it may be heated in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds, watch closely!) Add the butter and whiskey (if you are using it) and stir until combined.
Fill the cupcakes:
Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped. Meanwhile, using a 1-inch cookie cutter, cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes. You want to go down about half way into the cupcake. (I marked the top of the cake by twisting the widest pastry tip and then I used a grapefruit spoon to carefully remove the center.) Put the ganache into a piping bag with a wide tip and fill the holes to the top. (Judge the depth of the hole in relationship to the amount of ganache that you have.)
Make the frosting:
Whip the butter in the bowl of the electric mixer, for several minutes. You want to get it very light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time. (Adding the sugar slowly will make the frosting less grainy and it will thicken more quickly.) When the frosting is thick enough to spread, drizzle in the Bailey’s (or milk) and whip it until combined. (Again, judge the amount of frosting you need in relationship to the number of cupcakes. I had to make an additional half to have enough frosting.)
Frost the cupcakes and enjoy!
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