Mixed Berry Press-In Tarts

Mixed Berry Press-In Tarts | www.80twenty.caGooey, fragrant thyme-scented triple berry jam and oaty, nutty, shortbread-like crusts. It’s a perfect combination for quick press-in tart perfection.

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JAMMY BARLEY SCONES

JAMMY BARLEY SCONES
There’s hardly a cozier way to spend a numbingly cold February morning than watching the snow fall and gust outside while you sip coffee with a homemade scone. You can almost feel the warmth, right? It’s been a particularly cold month in Ottawa (Ontario, really) and I’ve taken to chaining myself, willingly, to the kitchen to experiment with different types of flour. There have been many (literal) flops and even more disappointments but it’s fun and interesting to play with the science of baking just the same. And let’s be real – I don’t mind eating the piles of not-quite-right chocolate chip barley cookies.

JAMMY BARLEY SCONES
These scones make use of one of my favourite flours, barley. It’s got an almost creamy texture when used in baked goods and a distinctive sweetness that makes it ideal for so many baking projects. Though it can usually be swapped in cup for cup in non-yeasted recipes (cookies, quick breads, brownies, scones etc) it requires a gluten boost from other flours to create high-rising breads and doughs. I’ve blended it with All Purpose flour in these Jammy Barley Scones for a bit of a richer, denser texture. They are perfect dipped into your morning coffee, your evening tea or as a mid-afternoon pick me up (and boy, as a pregnant lady I have really come to love that mid-afternoon sweet treat).
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