This past Friday, the Library Mods had their first annual mod bake-off. Each of the 4 mods (2 boys, 2 girls) had 3 entries each. There was a lot of talking it up the week before hand, recon missions to see what the other houses were making, and perhaps thoughts of sabotage between the two RAs, Jessie and Brett. There was rumors of what was going to be made – Charlie making key lime pie, Amy making creme puffs… we weren’t about to spill what we were going to make.
The day of our bake-off was crazy – Katie making her grandmother’s chocolate cake in the morning, me making a double batch of cinnamon chip scones after class, and Jess making sopapilla cheesecake just before we had to have everything ready. Kelly was our awesome sous chef, doing everything from kneading dough to washing dishes. We couldn’t have done it without her. We were bringing things to the table just as our HRAs walked in with tickets for us to use to vote.
Anyone who was home at the mods got to make the rounds and taste test, and then vote for their 2 favorite treats. Mod 3 was our competition it turned out – they made apple muffins, chocolate brickle, and sugar cookies iced with lemon frosting. Mod 1 was tricky – they had chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven (read: they started them five minutes before we were supposed to be done), and they were so hot that you almost burned your mouth. Brett offered milk to anyone who would trade it for a ticket. Sly, right?
We won the competition, apparently by a landslide, and Dallin and Cassie (HRAs) ended up taking a bunch of treats home for the boys in the dorm next door. And then Miranda’s boyfriend ate the rest (even though he lives in the dorm that was receiving the scones). Cassie and Dallin had made an adorable prize for the bake-off winner. It is now proudly displayed in our dining room.
Also, I figured I would share my recipe for cinnamon chip scones. They’re pretty awesome, really easy, and I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love them (and they have been approved by people who have lived in England).
CINNAMON CHIP SCONES (makes 1 dozen)
3/4 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. sugar
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. cold butter, grated*
1 (10 oz) pkg. cinnamon chips
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter until the mix is crumbly, then add buttermilk until just moistened. On a floured surface, knead cinnamon chips into dough until the dough is no longer sticky and the chips are evenly distributed throughout. Divide dough in half and pat into 7-inch rounds. Cut into wedges (I usually make 6 per round) and separate, placing onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 425°F for 10-13 minutes or until just browned. OPTIONAL: combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla to make a glaze for atop the scones. Brush on 2 coats before serving. Enjoy!
*use a cheese grater to grate butter – it’s easier than cutting in cubes of butter, and evenly distributes the butter throughout each scone. Best trick in the book!