I can’t believe this is the last Alpha Baker recipe! Of course Marie saved the cover recipe for last. She probably thought no one would continue baking if we made the kouigns first.
Looking over the baking projects, the one recipe that I constantly make is the Irish Cream Scones.
I’ve made scones for family, friends, neighbors, visitors, co-workers and the gals at the corner store. My students made versions of them in both of my baking classes this past fall.
A maple walnut version of them (using maple syrup, walnuts instead of raisins, adding some cinnamon) won me two fair blue ribbons and a second place prize from a maple festival.
My other go-to recipe (chocolate peanut butter cupcakes) is from a different cookbook author who I won’t mention (but she is addicted to baking and candy ;). Party coming up? Cupcakes are requested. The same cupcakes also netted me two fair blue ribbons.
This recipe might be the scone and cupcake equivalent.
First, butter. A half-pound of butter. I cheated and used a brick of Kerrygold so I wouldn’t have to mess around with squishing butter together. Totally worth it!
Second, the dough is a joy to work with. It’s soft and rolls nicely. Unlike pie crust.
Third, they lasted less than 24 hours.
Forth, I was asked if I was making them again this weekend.
Last, they are just plain over the top amazing.
I have made croissants from scratch. Kouigns are even better. Its the sugar layer. Just enough sweet to carmelize without creating too much sticky.
Now I want to play around with the recipe, and see if I can incorporate a layer of something else in the second turn. Like chocolate. Or almonds. Or hazelnut.
Before I try that, I have another dilemma.
Do I make these for Christmas breakfast at the parents house? And then discover that scones are no longer good enough?
Or do I make them just for my house? Since we have no problem polishing off a batch.
I only wish all my problems were like this.
I hope everyone had as good a time baking through the Baking Bible as I did. Marie and Rose – I can’t wait to bake with you again!