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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dessert Club - Muffins, Buns, Rolls and Scones

 What a night.  You really missed something special.  Unless you were there.  But just in case you weren't...

We couldn't come up with quite the right one-word name for these fist-sized, breakfast-or-teatime genres, so we just specified the challenge by names.  Specifying muffins, buns, rolls, or scones seemed just broad and just narrow enough a category for our March meeting.

In direct contrast to Candy night, we had no problem sampling each treat, and at least in my case, going back for more with this spread.  They were varied, tender, delicious and not-too-sweet in most cases.  I had several favorites and a hard time choosing how to vote. 

We also had a great brainstorming session of new themes for future meetings.  Summer Fruits, we agreed, is a must-do annual theme, probably in July, though with the weather we've been having, we wondered if June or even May would be better.  But we also thought of new ideas - Nuts, Tropical, 5-ingredient, Beverages, Secret Ingredient, to name just a few.  We agreed that we've all come a long way, and may be ready for something harder once in awhile, so we determined to alternate between having a theme and having a challenge, in order to challenge ourselves and each other to a greater degree.  That's right, Dessert Club is a year and a half old, but we are just getting started. 

But back to March.  Here were the offerings:

Pain aux Raisins (Raisin Rolls - one of my favorites of the evening!)

Raspberry-Blueberry Muffins

Maple-Oatmeal Scones

Cardamom Sour Cream Twists

Berry Almond Scones with Orange Butter

Pumpkin White Chocolate Scones 
with Clotted Cream and Pumpkin Butter

 Banana Streusel Muffins with Hazelnuts

And the winner was...

My very own Pain Au Chocolat!  These were a true labor of love, the second time I've made them, and while I love them to death myself, I was proud and gratified to find out everyone else did, too.  Plus I hadn't brought the prize so it was fun to open my new dough scraper and a new jar of yeast - always useful!
Recipes coming - as you know I don't always post them so if there's one in particular you want, let me know. 

Coming up in April...CAKE!  I've got mine all picked out and if it works, it will be the BOMBE! (wink, wink)


cr said...

Thanks for posting. I have lurked for years, and have made many of the recipes you've posted. They've all been wonderful. Please post the recipes (when you get time). If I had to prioritize, I'd say the Pain au chocolat, Cardamom Sour Cream Twists, Berry Almond Scones with Orange Butter, Maple-Oatmeal Scones and Pain aux Raisins look the most mouth-watering. Thanks!

Caroline in MA

Jer said...

De-lurking, also! Kat and I reference your blog all the time and we've even started our own little cooking group here in CO, but it's not as cool as yours. :)

Anyway, all these recipes look amazing, but I would love the recipe for the Cardamom Sour Cream Twists, as well as pretty all the scones (but especially the Maple Oatmeal ones). In other words, I'll take what I can get!

Thanks for posting consistently awesome recipes on your blog--I love reading it!


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