A Scant Cup – what does it mean?

Posted on 04/14/2015
by Jeanette

Sometimes a recipe will use the terminology “scant” This means not quite full, just shy from the top or not fully packed. Almost full but not quite. A little bit is missing.

If a recipe calls for a scant cup or teaspoon do not fill it quite to the top.

Since this can be left up to judgement it may require you to test the recipe.

Danish Pastry

Posted on 03/22/2015
by Jeanette

Danish Pastry                              



  • 150g butter (soft)
  • 30g all purpose flour
  • 200ml milk
  • 2 Tbsp. white sugar
  • ½ Tsp. salt l
  • 1 ½ Tsp. instant dry yeast
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg



  1. Mix 30g all purpose into the butter to make a paste
  2. Spread the butter paste onto a piece of parchment paper 6” x 12” in diameter and freeze, the sheet of butter must become hard
  3. Mix together 2 cups of all purpose flour and the yeast
  4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, sugar and salt. Heat to 115 degrees F (43 degrees C), or just warm, but not hot to the touch
  5. Beat the eggs into the milk
  6. Mix the warm milk and egg mixture into the flour and yeast mixture with a fork – the dough will be sticky
  7. Measure out 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour onto the table and knead the flour into the dough
  8. Rest the dough for 20 minutes
  9. Roll the dough out into a square shape, large enough so that the sheet of butter can covered by the dough like the cover of a book. Seal edges by pressing with fingers
  10. Roll the dough out to a 20x 12 inch rectangle, then fold into thirds by folding the long sides in over the center
  11. Repeat rolling into a large rectangle, and folding into thirds. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
  12. Remove from the refrigerator and roll and fold two more times. Return to the refrigerator to chill again before shaping. If the butter gets too warm, the dough will become difficult to manage
  13. Cut the dough into the desired Danish shape (turn overs, large braid, individual braid, windmills, envelopes etc. and add your favorite filling (cherry, apple, chocolate, peach, rhubarb etc.
  14. Let the dough rise until doubled. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Danishes can be brushed with egg white for a shiny finish.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms are golden brown

Sugar Cookies

Posted on 01/24/2015
by Jeanette

145g Butter soft butter

150g sugar

1 large egg

250g all purpose flour

Preheat your oven to 170 C or 325

In a mixer with paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar with your chosen flavor until just creamy.

Do not whip to long or the cookies will not hold their shape when they are baked.

Beat in the egg until well combined.

Add the flour and mix on low speed until a dough forms.

Gather the pieces into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.

Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for an hour

Place the dough on a floured surface and knead briefly.

Roll out the dough to even thickness

Use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. And place them on a cookie sheet.

Bake for about 8 – 12 minutes.

Let them cool on a wire rack

Decorate with royal icing or eat them just as they are!

Caramel Mud Cup Cakes

Posted on 11/18/2014
by Jeanette
Caramel Mud Cake

Caramel Mud Cake

200 g white chocolate butterscotch chips

250 g unsalted butter

250ml water

250 g brown sugar

3 eggs large

5ml vanilla extract

2.5ml  salt

200g all purpose flour

100 g self raising flour

7.5 ml baking powder

Preheat oven to 160 C .

In a saucepan, melt butter, add water, sugar and chocolate, stirring until completely smooth

Set aside to cool down for 15 minutes

In a separate bowl lightly whisk eggs, vanilla and salt

Sift the 2 flours together

Combine egg mixture and flour into chocolate mixture until fully incorporated.

Pour mixture into cupcake liners; bake for 40 min or skewer until a skewer comes out clean

Cool and decorate your cup cakes with Butter Cream, Whipped Cream or a dollop of Dulce de Leche

Chocolate Mud Cup Cakes

Posted on 06/20/2014
by Jeanette

Chocolate Mud Cakes


350 g dark chocolate pieces

225 g butter

600 ml water

3 eggs

400 g sugar

400 grams self-raising flour



  1. Line cake pans with parchment paper and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 170C/325F.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, heat chocolate, butter and water. Stir frequently until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Gradually beat the cooled chocolate mixture into eggs.
  4. Whisk sugar and flour into the chocolate mixture, continue beating until smooth and well blended.
  5. Pour mixture into cake pans. Bake for 40 minutes or until the cakes are done.


Chocolate Glaze

16 oz. (3 cups) chocolate
1/2 cup whipping cream
6 tablespoons butter
Place all ingredients into microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 25 seconds.  Stir.  Place
in microwave for a few seconds at a time until ingredients are warmed and chocolate
is melted.  Do not overheat.  Remove from microwave and stir until glaze is shiny and
all ingredients are well blended.  This icing is best if used immediately; however, if you
need to use at a later time, heat no more than 4 seconds at a time, as mixture is very
sensitive.  Yields 2 cups.
*Hint- If icing sets up before all cupcakes are glazed, place glaze in microwave for
three second intervals, stirring thoroughly between each interval.



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