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Sunday
Aug172014

Raspberry Thyme Scones

Raspberry Thyme Scones (makes approximately 12 x 60g scones)

2 1/4 C flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, stems removed

1/2 C Greek yogurt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 C butter

3/4 C sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla + 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

1/2 - 1 C fresh raspberries

1 egg + coarse sugar for garnish

- preheat 350º

- in a bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and thyme leaves together - set aside

- in another bowl, mix Greek yogurt and baking soda together - set aside

- combine butter, sugar, one egg and vanilla in mixer - beat until light and fluffy - add flour mixture to butter and mix until just combined - add Greek yogurt in and mix until just combined

- portion dough into 60g balls - roll between hands with pieces of raspberry - use as much or as little raspberry as you like - lay out 8 dough portions on a parchment lined baking sheet - flatten each scone lightly with fingertips - in a small bowl, beat second egg with a fork - brush tops of scones liberally with beaten egg - sprinkle each scone generously with coarse sugar - bake 15-17 minutes, until bottoms are golden

Tuesday
May202014

Food Film #2 : Nanny Jean Coleman's Banana Bread

Nanny Jean Coleman's Banana Bread - food photography : food styling from Kelly Neil on Vimeo.

My friend Patrick gave my his Nanny's recipe for Banana Bread a couple of years ago and it's still the best I've ever had, so I thought it would be the perfect choice for my second food film. I'm teaching myself how to make these films, and I see things in this one that I would do differently next time, but that's what learning is right? I can live with it. A huge thank you to Padde for permission to share!

Nanny Jean Coleman's Banana Bread (aka The Best Banana Bread Ever Recipe!!!)

1/2 C butter, room temperature + 1/4 C for greasing pan

1/2 C white sugar

1/2 C brown sugar, packed

2 eggs, room temperature

1 1/2 C flour, sifted

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 very ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup sour cream (I use Greek yogurt if I don't have sour cream on hand)

1 Tbsp vanilla

1/2 C dark chocolate chips, tossed lightly in flour (optional)

- Preheat oven to 350°F

- Butter loaf pan w/ 1/4 c butter, lightly flour (I like to use a piece of crumpled up Reynold's Wax Paper to butter my loaf and cake pans - it's what my Mum taught me to do many years ago!)

- In stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes on medium speed

- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well until combined

- Sift the dry ingredients together and combine with butter mixture - blend well

- Add the bananas, sour cream, and vanilla - mix well

- Add floured chocolate chips, if desired

- Bake 50-60 minutes - I test with a toothpick at 50 minutes and then continue to check every 3 minutes  until toothpick comes out clean - mine takes about 60 minutes

Enjoy!

Tuesday
Jan312012

Nanny Burke's Granddaughters

Here's a fun shoot I did last week with Nanny Burke's granddaughters Ashley and Riley. They wanted some current pics of themselves to give to Nanny Burke that weren't Sears Portrait Studio-style. Since Nanny Burke is a living-baking-legend (in my mind anyway), I suggested the girls bake one of her recipes while I photographed them. They loved the idea! They chose to bake Nanny Burke's Teabiscuits (sorry - no recipe - I've been told it's a carefeully guarded Burke-family secret).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aren't they cute? They're even both wearing sweet little aprons that Nanny Burke made!!

Luckily they had little Len to help eat all those teabiscuits.

 

 

Hooray for Len!!