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May 26, 2009 12:28 PM

big batch of baked goods that can be made 2-3 days in advance?

Hi everyone--I'm hoping for advice about baked goods I might be able to make in advance as favors for a large event. I'm getting married this summer, and my future mother-in-law (who is from Maine, and is a staunch supporter of her state's agricultural products) wants to bring down small jars of Maine blueberry jam for our guests. I was hoping to box them up with some sort of baked good that people could eat, with the jam, as a quick breakfast the next morning. I made 50 little currant scones for a friend's party last year and remembered that the leftovers were quite tasty, so I got the idea (blame it on prewedding insanity) that I could make 300 little current scones by preparing the dough a week or so ahead of time and freezing it and then baking the scones a day or two in advance. Do you think the freezing will work? And is ~48 hours too long for scones to survive in decent shape? Of course, I would prefer to have them magically materialize in everyones' hotel rooms the next morning, warm from the oven (sigh...) If scones can't make it that long, can anyone suggest a recipe for something that would hold up better and would match well with the blueberry jam? (My mother-in-law's contribution is, as you may imagine, non-negotiable.) If baking in advance is a complete non-starter I can suck it up and get something from a bakery, but I figured even those would be at least 24 hours old by the time they were eaten and I was kind of looking forward to giving people something I had made myself....any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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  1. How about thumbprint cookies made with the jam or you could make rugelach with blueberry jam instead of apricots.

    1. OMG. Are you sure one or two days before your wedding you want to be baking 300 scones? I'm sure you'll get some valuable advice shortly, and I'm hoping someone assures you that they can be baked ahead and frozen. If so, I would suggest pre-packaging in vacuum sealed portions (2 or 3 or 4 or whatever you need per gift bag), if it won't look too tacky. Then beg freezer space from your friends and neighbors.
      I personally would not mind one bit seeing a lovely jar of jam and a vac-sealed bag of scone in a thoughtful gift bag.

      If you do decide to go the scone route, I'd suggest a lemon scone. Blueberries and lemon just seem a natural combination to me.

      Best wishes on the upcoming nuptuals!

      Edit: Most hotel rooms have microwaves. Most vac-seal bags are microwaveable. Guests could poke a few holes in the bag (you test drive this ahead of time and tell them how long), warm the scones up, and you get your wish of warm from the oven.

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      1. re: nemo

        I agree that it makes more sense to make them ahead of time and freeze them. And if you can vacuum pack them, all the better. Really, as nemo says, you don't want to be dealing w/ this right before your wedding. I basically baked/cooked a tea for 75 for my sister's wedding - she planned to help out a lot but, well, that didn't happen as she was all jittery. And, I think we made the scones two days ahead and stored in tins. Congratulations!

      2. I don't know if this makes thing more or less complicated for you but maybe your future MIL's jam could be featured elsewhere in the festivities? Often when family is coming from far and wide for a wedding, there is a goodbye brunch or gift opening the next day. Could the jam be worked in to the post-wedding get together or something like that? It'd be honouing her wishes and free you up to make whatever favor you like rather than having to match it to the jam....

        Whatever you decide will turn out beautifully I'm sure. Congratulations! :)

        1. I think that simple shortbread is lovely with jam! They are easy to make or cut out, and freeze well. Or peanut butter blondies? Or mini pound cakes? Madeleines? I don't know if these things are that much less labor intensize than scones, but scones tend to crumble easily and the other stuff is hardier. Congratulations!

          1. I agree that if you could bake them in advance and then freeze them it would be best. Have you thought about mini corn muffins? They go well with blueberry anything and would freeze well. You could use fancy muffin liners.

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            1. re: pcdarnell

              I like the muffin idea - corn muffins, or perhaps lemon poppyseed (to tie in the lemon someone mentioned above).
              I personally would likely pre-order them from a good bakery. There are so many relatives and friends visiting in the days before a wedding that really want to spend a little time with you - your time becomes pretty precious. If you can work in a special time with family as jenhen below did, then that would be great too.