Monday, August 22, 2011

Orange Chocolate Chip Scones

Now that you have either bought or made an apron , why not bake up this yummy treat, while wearing it ?

2 cups flour
1/2 regular sugar, or sugar substitute like Aprava or Splenda
1/2 tsp Baking Power
1/2 tsp. salt (I always use granulated Sea Salt)
1/2 cup chilled butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup frozen orange juice...or fresh squeezed
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
grated orange rind...use only the orange part of the peel
1 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar,baking powder, and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces on top of flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or two knifes, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. In a separate bowl, stir together eggs, orange juice, and vanilla. Add the peel. Combine all with the flour mixture. Dough will be very moist. With floured hands, knead in the chocolate chips until mixed well. Do not over handle dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured cookie sheet and shape into a 8 or 9 inch circle. With a serrated knife, cut into 8 wedges. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 mins. Serve warm.

Adding bias tape to a straight edge, the easy way !

If you are like me , you have had trouble adding bias tape the traditional way. I never seem to be able to get it to look nice, it always comes out sloppy and uneven.
So I have come up with a way to have it come out perfect and looking great everytime.

1. first be sure the longer edge of the bias tape is on the bottom.

2. Then open the bias tape and sandwich the fabric between the tape.

3. close the bias tape to enclose the fabric

4. Sew all layers at the same time, making sure to keep the fabric inside the bias tape, you can pin it all together if you want to to be sure you have it all done right.

5. When you are done sewing this is what the right side should look like.

6. This is what the wrong side of the fabric should look like. All edges are enclosed and bias tape is sewn together, nice, neat and pretty .

7. All done, your edge is finished and looking good.