Creme de Menthe Brownies, Bailey’s Breakfast Scones, & Bourbon Maple Cupcakes

Confession: I’m pretty embarrassed about how badly I’ve been slacking and not posting my weekly baking. I’ve been sort of apathetic the past month or so… lots of stuff going on… Neither Hubs or I have found a job yet, my mom & stepdad came to visit last weekend (and brought their hyperactive shepard-mix dog with them), then we headed over to my Nana’s place in MD Wednesday, so we could spend Thanksgiving with her… meeeeh, It’s not that I don’t love my family… I’m just so set in my ways I hate messing with my routine. AND my running routine was all messed up last week, mostly because I’ve also been kind of sick, and whatever’s wrong with my chest has been acting up again. Boo hiss.
But, because there’s really no excuse for being a downer… it’s time to update! I figured I’d just throw the ones I’ve missed into one super long post. Sorry!
I was feeling kind of lazy today (I usually take today off from running, but I had to “make up” the 2 days I missed last week) so I cheated and made White Chocolate PB&J Puppy Chow from The Picky Palate. You should browse her blog for some major food porn.
I should mention that at some point in my slackerness I lost the notes I took for the Brownies AND the scones. So I’m posting those from memory.  Anyhow… here are the last 3ish weeks of baking! Enjoy!
 
Crème De Menthe Brownies
Not much to say about these… beside the fact that they are sooooo freaking yummy! I really like fudgey brownies, and these don’t disappoint me. However, I did second guess myself a few times during the baking. They don’t really seem “done” until they’re cooled completely. I guess it’s because they’re so fudgey. My Andes and both kinds of chocolate chips also melted completely away in the middle! The only place the chunks survived was closer to the edges. Weird.
 
Bailey’s Scones
This recipe was originally the Grand Marnier Scones from Janet at the Ashley Inn. I just changed out the GM for Bailey’s, and made mine half the size. Make sure you don’t over knead the dough, it makes it kind of tough. Otherwise I really love these. They’re supposed to be for breakfast, but Hubs and I definitely eat them as often as possible. I esp enjoyed them with a Bailey’s riddled coffee. Just sayin…
 
Bourbon Maple Cupcakes with Whipped Bourbon Maple Chocolate Ganache Frosting
Yah, so I really felt the need to make something (kind of) seasonal for Thanksgiving this past week. Hence the Wild Turkey American Honey I used in these cupcakes. Honestly, I also wanted another crack at the Maple Bacon Whiskey Cupcakes (without the bacon this time). They still caved in, and I still can’t figure out what I did wrong. Grrrr! These guys don’t have much flavor.  I was really hoping the maple syrup would come out more, but all I could really taste was the ganache. Speaking of ganache… next time I make it to be whipped (as a frosting); I’ll probably use milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet. It’s not quite as sweet as I like. I also forgot to time how long it took me to “whip” it. I think it was close to five minutes, maybe as little as 3. Eeek! Overall these cupcakes are good, but not excellent, they could use a tweek or two. They did get eaten at Thanksgiving dinner with the family, and nobody spit ‘em back out so… success? Pretty close.
 
Happy Baking!
-Hey Waitress!!
PS the section headers are links to the recipes!!
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