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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fresh Peaches with Sugared Scones | And... My New Store Coming Soon!


For last weekend's brunch I wanted to serve a dessert that was early day appropriate.  I thought about strawberry shortcake, but the local strawberry season has faded and I'm not a huge fan of shortcakes... but I do love scones (no surprise, right?).  And what about peaches?   Are peach shortcakes a thing?  

You'll notice in the photos that I've switched from using the silpat baking liner to pre-cut sheets of parchment paper.  We used them at the bakery I worked at in college.  I'm crazy about them - no cleaning and non-stick.  They are so nice to have around for packaging, too - work great for wrapping up loafs of banana bread.  I love them so much that they are going to be one of the items I am going to stock in my new... store!

That's right.  I've been working on developing an online shop to be part of the blog that will contain all of my favorite things and things that I always get inquiries about.  I'll carry a variety of "everyday essentials" (like the parchment liners, hemstitch napkins, linen tea towels, candles, kraft cookie/cupcake boxes, etc.), mailable gifts and special seasonal items as well (like cozy throws and pillows in the Fall, and goodies gift packaging for the Holidays).  I'm also designing some custom products that I will carry, too.  I'd love your input on what you'd like to see in my store! 

Back to the scones : 

To make the simple scone a little more special, I added almond extract and crunchy sanding sugar.  The sugar gives great texture and crunch to the fluffy and moist scone.  To put it over the edge, I topped it with vanilla bean whipped cream. 

I can't tell you how good this is.  Silly good and very, very simple.  I think this is what shortcake is actually supposed to taste like!  I highly recommend baking them just before serving (they only take 10-12 minutes) so they are hot and fresh with the cold peaches and whipped cream - or ice cream.



Fresh Peaches with
Sugared Scones
and Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

makes 12 small scones

2 cups plus 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cold heavy cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla
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egg yolk
course sanding sugar
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1 cup of heavy cream
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
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fresh peaches
sugar
lemon juice

In a mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt using the paddle attachment.  Cut the cold butter into 1/2 inch pieces.  Add the butter to the dry ingredients and mix on low until the butter is mixed in and is the size of peas.  In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, whipping cream and vanilla with a fork.  Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the cream and egg mixture.  Turn off the mixer once added.

Turn the dough out onto the floured surface.  Divide into 2.  Add some flour onto the top of the dough, then pat it out into a 2 disks - about 6 inches in diameter.  Cut the disks into 6 pieces like a pie.


Separate the pieces and put them on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Brush on a little bit of a beaten egg yolk, then top with sanding sugar.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.   




They are non-stick, too.  Perfect for cookies and scones, of course. 
 

Whip heavy cream with sugar and vanilla bean paste until fluffy - about 3-4 minutes.

Peel and slice peaches, then toss with lemon juice and sugar.  Serve scones sliced, topped with peaches and whipped cream.



Back to the store :

I'd love your help as I make final selections for the store.  What items do I often feature in my photos that you'd love to buy?  What sort of things would you like to see me carry?


If you want to pre-order the parchment paper sheets, just leave me a comment and I'll set some aside for you.  I'm thinking they will run about $12 for 200 sheets (that should be a year supply!).  What do you think?  Is that reasonable?  I'm verrrry open to feedback, so please, fire away!

42 comments:

  1. That is so exciting! I LOVE your style and would most likely LOVE everything that you will have in your shop. I can not wait to place my first order:) Oh, and the parchment sheets sound handy...i would love to preorder. The price is shockingly reasonable.
    Good luck! You are such an inspiration.
    Stephanie

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  2. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    I made a version of these for the Fourth of July, but with blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. And yes, they are ridiculously good!
    Congratulations on your recent store announcement! Good luck!

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  3. I love your peach crostata recipe and I'm sure I'll love these scones!

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  4. Soooooo excited for your store! When can we expect it? Love everything you do! Keep it up.

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  5. I love LOVE the cloth napkins with the pale blue stripes (or gray?) that you featured for some time with a lot of your recipes. I think you even did a blog post on how to make them. They are lovely and classic!

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  6. Save some for me! I love my silpat but I do get weary of washing them. I can't wait to see your store, I just love your style:)

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  7. I can't wait till it opens! Can you sell the parchment paper that also has checks...like for a bbq! I have been looking for those to line baskets for a cook out forever! Also small casserole dishes have lids that can go from freezer to over.

    Love your blog.. I am sure I will love your store!

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  8. The scones with peaches look delicious. I would be interested in pre-ordering the parchment paper. I really enjoy your blog and can't wait to see everything in your store.

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  9. Sheryl10:51 PM

    Can't wait for your store to be up and running. I think the parchment paper sounds very reasonable.

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  10. Katie Dosenbach11:37 PM

    hi!! so is this like an etsy shop where you are sewing the napkins, towels, etc....or a place where we can buy things you just already stock (ie your fave tea towels, napkins...)? just curious! either way, very exciting. love your style; I grew up in brookside and fairway...currently live in brookside but still love fairway! cheers to your new endeavor!

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  11. Anonymous11:52 PM

    I love peach "shortcakes"...I have made a version of this for years. Better than strawberries!!! I'll take a box of the pre-cuts! tczar77@gmail.com

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  12. Would love to preorder the parchment paper!!!

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  13. Anonymous2:59 AM

    Love your blog & I'm confident your store will be such a success! You are such an inspiration. I was hospitalized during the last month & your blog is the only thing that kept my mind off of things :) I really like the linen napkins you have in your pictures, including your place settings. Good luck!
    Erika

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  14. Congrats Jenny!! It will be so successful :) I can't wait to see what you stock it with! XO

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  15. I would love to pre-order some of your parchment paper! Thanks! Kathy

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  16. i would love customizable cards. I love your little notes and cards and always want to add them to me gifts but i never have time to make them up and print them on cardstock.

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  17. Anonymous7:30 AM

    Jenny,
    I discovered your blog through the link on Pottery Barn where you wrote about a July 4th celebration and have been following every since. With your wonderful sense of style, optimistic outlook, and a very creative flair, your newest endeavor should be very successful!

    In you store, I would love to see some of the labels you create for packaging and I, too, would like to reserve a package of the parchment sheets.

    Thank you and good luck!
    Nancy

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  18. Jenny,
    I would love to order a package of the parchment sheets, please reserve one for me.
    Thanks,
    Adele

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  19. Hi Jenny,

    I am interested in the parchment sheets. Kindly reserve 2 bundles — one for my daughter and the other for me:)

    Cheers.
    Jane

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  20. NJ Heather9:14 AM

    Hi Jenny! I share your love of scones and will be making these very, very soon! They look delicious!! Also, I'm very excited that you're adding a store to your blog. I know you will have a lot of success! I will buy parchment sheets and probably a lot of your other "essentials" :)

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  21. I would love to order a package of the parchment sheets! Please reserve one for me :)

    Thanks,

    Kayla Sloup

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  22. Can you tell me the size of the parchment sheets? I have a small oven and therefore small cookie sheets, etc. Just hoping I wouldn't have to cut them. They sound wonderful and I look forward to other items you will have to offer!

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  23. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Hi Jenny,
    I'd like to preorder the parchment sheets, please. As far as what you might carry in your shop, I would love to be able to purchase the labels and cards you use-- really any of your wrapping supplies. I'm also a big fan of white serving pieces, so I'd appreciate a selection of your favorites.
    Thank you so much, what a great idea!
    Marina Bell

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  24. Congrats to you! I always love stopping by your blog. We love to entertain. You make it look effortless when you share your posts.
    I too love the napkins or towels you use in many of your photos. I remember a post on muffins you did and I liked your paper muffin cups cause they looked like muffins from a bakery.
    Wishing you much success in your newest endeavor!

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    1. I think you sent me an email and when I went to open it it disappeared. If you did send one. Would you resend it please? Thanks

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  25. Parchment liners? Yes, please!. My request is for 2 packages. Thanks, Lauren Dimpsey

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  26. Anonymous10:31 AM

    Love your blog, love your style! And I for certain would shop in your shop! Would love to see packaging things, labels, glassware, and would love to order parchment sheets- one for me, one for my daughter, and one for my soon to be daughter in law!

    Kim

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  27. I love your list and would also love it if you would offer your wine glassware. I've always admired your wine glasses and wondered where you got them. I can't wait to see your store.
    Great recipe for the peach scone dessert.
    Karen

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  28. Looking forward to seeing the shop! There are tons of items I love on your blog!

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  29. tricia3:25 PM

    Please reserve some parchment paper for me, too! I would love some labels and/or gift cards/hostess notes. Love your stuff--thanks!

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  30. I was so happy to see your recipe for the peaches & scones. Peaches are 97 cents at my grocery store and I was looking for a new recipe. Congrats on the new store. You have great taste and it is always an inspiration.

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  31. So excited about your new store, how wonderful for you! You can bet I will be shopping there!

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  32. Congratulations on your new store! That is so exciting! Thank you for asking us for our opinions with regard to what your store could carry. There are so many things your store could include - I love the white scalloped cafe au lait type bowls you feature on your blog - I've seen you use them for everything from creme brulee to lobster mac and cheese! I also love your napkins. The pewter bowls, vases, candlesticks are beautiful. I also love your wine glasses and the fleur-de-lis glasses as well! No matter what, your store will be wonderful and I wish you the best of luck!

    Thank you for the sugared scones and peaches recipe, too! That looks delicious and I am excited to try it.

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  33. I can not wait to try the scones. Please reserve some parchment paper for me !

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  34. I use parchment paper in most all my baking. I hope you will sell napkins, tea towels, table setting cards, labels for baked items, etc. best of luck to you. How about twine, packaging for baked items, I.e. cookies, scones, etc.

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  35. Jenny, omg, I'm so excited about your shop!!! I come to your blogsite so often to get tips on decorating/style. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us readers! Congratulations!!! FYI... the peach scone combo looks amazing!!

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  36. I am very excited about your store!!! I would love some parchment paper reserved for me! I would also love to see some of the bottles and labels that you use (for instance, in your baking pantry) Thanks!

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  37. I recently stumbled across your blog and I love it! Very inspiring! I would love to preorder a package of parchment paper. I always buy mine in a small roll at the grocery store and I hate having to roll it out, tear it and then fight with it to lay flat on my baking sheet! Would your store accept PayPal? I find that that's the easiest way to do all my shopping online. Cheers!

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  38. great idea! would love to "shop" at your store as I think you have great taste in all your decorating and entertaining posts! Can you tell me what the dimensions are for the parchment paper sheets? i am hopeful they will work with my cookie sheets/jelly roll pans!
    thanks

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    1. All - the parchment sheets are about 16x12. They are called "half-sheet" pans.

      Looking forward to launching soon... probably not until the beginning of Sept. It might be a little earlier, but I'm still waiting on products!

      Jenny

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    2. I would like to preorder two bundles of the parchment paper. So handy to have it all precut.

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  39. Add me to the parchment paper list, please! :)

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