Welcome to Natasha's Creative Confections! If you have stumbled upon this blog page, then you're in for a real treat! One of my favorite things to do is bake. If you choose to read on you will find pictures and recipes of some of the fabulous treats that I have created. So take a look around and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Banana Oatmeal Nutmeg Scones

Fresh from the oven...mmm....smells like fall again with these babies that are tasty served warm and with/without jam on the side!
I had a banana I needed to use and found this recipe in one of my baking cookbooks. Very simple to make and they smell so so good! Ingredients: -1 large egg -1/2 c. cold buttermilk -1 2/3 c. all-purpose flour -1 1/3 c. old-fashioned oats -1/3 c. sugar -1 Tbsp. baking powder -1/2 tsp. baking soda -1/4 tsp. salt -1/4 tsp. nutmeg -1 stick plus 2 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces -1/2-1 whole banana, cut into small pieces 1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 2. Stir the egg and buttermilk together.
3. Whisk the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg together in a large bowl.
Drop in the butter and, using your fingers, toss to coat the pieces of butter with flour.
Quickly, working with your fingertips, cut and rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is pebbly. You'll have pea-sized pieces, pieces the size of oatmeal flakes and pieces the size of everything in between--and that's just right. 4. Add the chunks of banana to the dough. Pour the egg and buttermilk mixture over the dry ingredients and stir with a fork just until the dough, which will be wet and sticky, comes together. Don't overdo it. 5. Still in the bowl, gently knead the dough by hand 8-10 times.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it in half. Working with one piece at a time, pat the dough into a rough circle that's about 5 inches in diameter, cut it into 6 wedges, and place on the baking sheet.
6. Bake for 12-20 minutes, or until their tops are golden and firmish. Transfer to a rack and cool for ~10 minutes before serving, or wait for the scones to cool to room temp. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lemon Chocolate Cupcakes

This isn't a pumpkiny treat, but I found these cute cupcake liners at Michael's and wanted to use them :)
These cupcakes are just my favorite box lemon cake and chocolate fudge frosting topped with halloweeny sprinkles!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Alright, as promised...here is my latest pumpkiny treat! I've made these before, but they haven't been posted to my blog, so I hope you enjoy :)
Ingredients for Cookies: ~2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour ~1 tsp. baking soda ~1 tsp. baking powder ~1 tsp. ground cinnamon ~1 tsp. ground nutmeg ~1/2 tsp. salt ~1 1/2 c. granulated sugar ~1/2 c. butter, softened ~1 c. pumpkin ~1 large egg ~1 tsp. vanilla extract 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment. 2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt in medium bowl.
3. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla until smooth.
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. 5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Ingredients for Glaze: ~2 c. sifted powdered sugar ~3 Tbsp. milk ~1 Tbsp. melted butter ~1 tsp. vanilla extract *Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix until smooth.
Drizzle onto cookies!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pumpkiny treats!

Have I ever mentioned fall is my favorite time of year? Haha, I know I have...I recently made my pumpkin chocolate chip loaf and it is scrumptious! I have already posted it on here, but I just wanted to give a heads up for what's to come because I plan on making lots more tasty pumpkin/fall treats (as long as I can anyway!) Next up: Iced Pumpkin Cookies! Mmmm... Anyone have any favorite pumpkin treats?