Thursday, August 25, 2011

Found the perfect scone recipe and banana sour cream cake....

This scone recipe to my mind is perfect, nice and crispy outside and flaky on the inside, plus it rises nicely and isn't like a hockey puck!!!

My only hint/tip, is to handle as lightly and as little as possible, as that makes the best scones.

Cream Scone Recipe:

2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose/plain flour
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (75 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I would say this is optional, as I found it a little overpowering for my taste buds)
1/2 cup (120 ml) milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream
Cream or Milk

Cream Scones: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place the rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk or sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender, two knives, or with your fingertips. (The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.) In a small measuring cup whisk together the milk or cream, beaten egg and vanilla. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined. Do not over mix.
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough gently four or five times and then pat into a 7 inch (18 cm) round. Then, using a lightly floured 2 1/2 inch (6.5 cm) round cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds. Place the rounds on the prepared cookie sheet, spacing a few inches apart. Brush the tops of the scones with a little cream. (This helps to brown the tops of the scones during baking.)

Bake for about 15 - 18 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a scone comes out clean. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve with Devon cream or softly whipped cream and your favorite jam. These scones are best the day they are made but can be covered and stored for a few days. They also freeze very well.

Makes about 10 - 2 1/2 inch (6.5 cm) round scones

The recipe and a video can be found here

I had half a tub of sour cream laying around and a pile of bananas in the freezer, so did a search and came up with a banana sour cream cake.  This is so moist it is to die for.  I did not make the icing but would do if we had company.  This is a super simple recipe and it is a keeper.

Banana Sour Cream Cake

What You Need:

1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
1 cup Sour Cream
3 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1 pkg. (8 oz.)  Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 pkg. (16 oz.) powdered sugar
1 cup finely chopped Walnuts

Make It:

HEAT oven to 350°F.

BEAT first 5 ingredients with mixer on low speed just until moistened, stopping frequently to scrape bottom and side of bowl. Beat on medium speed 2 min. Pour into greased and floured 13x9-inch pan.

BAKE 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

BEAT cream cheese and butter with mixer until well blended. Gradually beat in sugar.

REMOVE cake from pan. Carefully cut cake crosswise in half using serrated knife. Place 1 cake half, top-side down, on plate; spread with some of the cream cheese frosting. Top with remaining cake half, top-side up. Spread top and sides with remaining frosting. Press nuts into sides. Keep refrigerated.

How to Neatly Frost the Cake:
Freeze cake layers about 20 min. before frosting. This helps to set the crumbs on the cut edges of the cake layers so they don't pull up into the frosting. And don't worry if the frosting does not look perfect on the sides of the cake - the nuts will cover any imperfections.
How to Prepare in Round Cake Pans:
Prepare cake batter as directed; pour into 2 greased and floured 8- or 9-inch round pans. Bake 30 to 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 10 min. in pans on wire racks; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Fill and frost. Keep refrigerated.


DeniseinVA said...

Those sound delicious!

Scrappy quilter said...

Oooh those look good. Hugs

~Carla~ said...

Yummy! I'll have to try that cake recipe for hubby & kids!! :)

Karine said...

Yum and yum!!!

The Witch said...

Those scones look great. I'm going to try these for sure.
Thanks for sharing and testing the recipe for us.