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6 Apr

what’s in a name? come find out! the blog has moved to annemariecale.com!

pumpkin scones: i love you fall

22 Oct

Fall for me means one thing: pumpkin. I could honestly use a healthy dose of pumpkin in just about anything- candles, baked goods, coffee, decorations. In fact, my kitchen table is one festive cornucopia of gourds, pumpkins, and berries. So to kick this wonderful orange season off in autumn style, I tackled Annie’s Eats’ Pumpkin Scones. They may actually have tackled me in the appearance and consistency category, but the warm, spice-filled taste was undeniable.

One trick to making sure a scone is pastry-perfect is to incorporate pieces of cold butter into the flour mixture through a technique called “cutting”.

Use a fork to “cut” the cold chunks of butter into the dry ingredients until the largest pieces of butter are no larger than the size of a pea.

I was quite surprised to see that this particular recipe did not promote the typical triangular-shaped scone. Instead, the recipe produces a sticky, pumpkin dough that is transferred directly to a cookie sheet and formed into a large 8-9″ mound.

Due to the moist nature of pumpkin puree, I would recommend baking the scones for a longer amount of time to ensure that the center of the mound is completely baked and not doughy in the center. I’ll be the first to admit that I purposefully remove my chocolate chip cookies from the oven early in order to enjoy the gooey goodness that is an under-baked treat. In this case, under-baked translates into runny-mushy-pumpkin-patty. Scones are meant to be tougher and a bit firm, so extra time in the ol’ oven will only enhance their consistency and texture.

When the scone round has completely cooled, cut into 8 wedges and drizzle with the most deliciously spiced glaze.

from the inside out.

11 Jul

Many things make my life sweeter. From handmade cards with grosgrain ribbon and custom designed jewelry with bright baubles in mind to sugary cupcakes accompanied by powdered noses and frosted fingers to beautifully inspired photographs. Creating has always been the one constant in my ever-changing, mildly impulsive world.

Attempting to find the one path I am most passionate about- the work I want to spend my waking hours pursuing- has proven slightly more difficult and less conventional than I ever imagined. So here is my attempt to stop convincing myself to take the “safe” route and to fully embrace my passion for creating and design. This blog will house my inspirations, encourage new pursuits often, and share what makes my heart full.

Here’s to hoping it’s always sweeter…

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