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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Dessert Club - Muffins, Buns, Rolls and Scones
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!)
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!
Coming up in April...CAKE! I've got mine all picked out and if it works, it will be the BOMBE! (wink, wink)