This week's hottest baker brief was to make scones and a pavlova. Not really sure how they plan to pull this off in the two and a half hour time frame, as pavs and meringues need to cool in the oven over night, especially if you're going to put cream on it!
Scone attempt 1.
I made a muffin recipe based on the scone recipe which uses cream and lemonade. Not sure what the judges would have thought about it! I actually made the recipe twice, the second time I reduced the amount of sugar, and added cream cheese and plum jam to the middle before cooking them.
Alison Holst's Cream and Lemonade Muffins (makes 9)
2 c flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 c sugar (I reduced this to 1/4 c)
1/2 c lemonade (I can remember making these scones with Nana Dorothy one time, and her trying to figure out how much half a can was. Like all the other measurements, this refers to
1/2 c cream
Beat the wet ingredients together, and add to a well in the dry ingredients, mix until just combined. It makes quite a firm mixtue, maybe next time I will try shaping them like a 'proper' scone!
Add a tablespoon of mixture to the bottom of nine muffin tins, pop a teaspoon each of cream cheese and jam on top and cover with a second tablespoon of batter.
Bake at 200 degrees C for 20 minutes, or until brown on top.
Miniature Caramel Pavlova
Based on Bev Gilooly's meringue recipe (this also makes lovely meringues!)
2 egg whites
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 c raw sugar
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/2 vanilla essence
Beat egg whites until stiff. A good work out if you have an eggbeater like mine. Add the vinegar and vanilla and beat in the sugar one tablespoon at a time, making sure it is dissovled between tablespoons.
Bake on tinfoil for 3/4 hour at 140 degrees C
If you put a little of the mixture under the corners of the tinfoil, it stops it slipping around on the tray!
A little different from the traditional marshmellowy pav, with a chewy caramel centre.
Would I have impressed the judges tonight? Probably not. But I'm happy, and Michael is too!!!
Next week: a slice, rolled biscuits AND piped biscuits! This is getting time consuming, and tricky!
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::Check out Simone's Pav here! It looks delicious!::