Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lunch Box Cranberry Scones


My Granddaughter and I made these 
scones for my grandkids' lunch boxes.
Nutritious, healthy and tasty.


Fast and easy to make.
Topped with an Orange Flavoured Glaze.


Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1/3 cup white sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup frozen cranberries, (I cut them in half)
The rind of 1 Orange

(Save the orange to squeeze for the glaze)

2/3 - 3/4 cup milk or cream.

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
Butter or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.



In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, 
baking powder and salt.

Cut butter into flour mixture until
 resembles coarse crumbs.



My Granddaughter Sabrina
 helped make these scones.
(She also designed and installed my blog header.
I could never figure out how to do it)
She is 12 yrs. old.

Add cranberries and orange rind
Add milk and stir just until combined.
Do not over mix.



Pat or roll dough into a square approx 9 x 6"
and cut into squares. Approx. 16 squares.


Before cooking, Sabrina brushed each with milk.

Bake 17-20 mins.,




Orange Glaze

3/4 cup Icing Sugar/powdered sugar.

The juice of 1 orange.

I use the orange that I took the rind of,

and mix it together in a measuring cup.




















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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Banana Muffins With Chocolate Chips

A favourite with my Grandkids.

A fast, easy and delicious recipe 
for those over ripe bananas.

Chocolate chips or white chocolate chips 
add a yummy taste combination to these muffins.

Frozen bananas can also be used 


Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp, baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips 
3 ripe bananas mashed well.
1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla


Instructions:
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugars, baking powder,
 baking soda, salt and chocolate chips



In a smaller bowl combine the mashed bananas, 
melted butter, eggs and vanilla


Fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) 
into the flour mixture just until combined.

(Do not over mix the batter or
 the muffins will be tough and heavy.)

Spoon the batter into 12 muffins tins.
I use an ice cream scoop.


Bake 350 deg for 20-25 mins.

Do the toothpick test..
 Place on a wire rack to cool for five minutes 
then remove the muffins from the pan.


Serve warm or at room temperature
They can be frozen and eaten later.



My Grandson Mathieu's favourite.
He helped me make them.




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lunch Box Blueberry Scones

I made these for my Grandkids lunch boxes.
Fast and easy to make.
Healthy and Nutritious.
And the kids love them.
Yields 32 small scones.



Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.



Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 cups butter
1 cup blueberries
1 cup milk
1/2 cup maple syrup. (Pancake syrup will do also)
1/2 tsp maple flavouring extract or vanilla.



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Preheat oven to 425 deg. F
In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in the blueberries


In a separate bowl stir together the milk,
 maple syrup and maple extract.


Add the wet ingredients to the dry 
and mix until a soft dough is formed.
Dump the dough onto a floured surface
Divide the dough in half.
Roll out or pat out approx. 9 x 6"



Before cooking, I brushed with Milk
to make a crust. (Optional)



Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes (425 deg.)




Maple Glaze:

Combine 1 cup of powdered (icing sugar) 
sugar with 2 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tbsp milk.
 (Add more milk is not liquid enough)

 Dribble over scones






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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Maple Walnut Scones




It's maple sugar time in Eastern Canada.
Time to taste all the sweetness our
Maple Syrup has to offer.
A natural product,
 made from the sap of the maple trees.

This maple scone recipe
makes a large batch of 16 scones.




Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 cups butter
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup milk
1/2 cup maple syrup. (Pancake syrup will do also)
1/2 tsp maple flavouring/extract

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Preheat oven to 425 deg. F
In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.


Stir in the walnuts


In a separate bowl stir together the milk,
 maple syrup and maple extract.


Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until a soft dough is formed.
Dump the dough onto a floured surface

Divide the dough in half.
Gently pat each half into a 7 inch circle about 7/8 inch thick.
Handle the dough as less as possible.

Cut each dough circle into 8 wedges and place on a cookie sheet.


With a pastry brush, I brush off the excess flour and brush the tops with milk to make them brown.

Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes (425 deg.)



Maple Glaze:
Combine 1 cup of powdered (icing sugar) sugar with 2 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tbsp milk. (Add more milk is not liquid enough)
 Dribble over scones. (As you can see, I'm not a good dribbler)


Quebec Maple Syrup
I made another batch today with pecans:  Delicious also.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Aglio E Olio Spaghetti

This pasta dish is fast and easy 
to make and so delicious.
The main ingredients are olive oil, garlic and pasta.
I add some mushrooms.




Ingredients:
Spaghetti or Spaghettini for 2 servings
Olive Oil
4 large garlic cloves sliced
6 large mushrooms sliced
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Directions:
Cook spaghetti and put aside 1 cup of the of the pasta water.



Slice mushrooms and garlic

Add the red pepper flakes and olive oil to frying pan with 
the garlic and mushrooms and cook about 5 minutes
or until garlic is slightly brown.

Add the reserved pasta liquid and
 the pasta and simmer for 5 minutes
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat,
 add the parsley and cheese 
 and serve.


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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Honey Nut Date Loaf


Chocolate chips
added for extra flavour.
Moist and full of nutrition.
Great with afternoon tea
or dessert.








Ingredients:

3/4 cup dates
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup of vegetable oil. (canola can be used also.)
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
3/4 cup chocolate chips.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 deg. F
Grease a loaf pan

Place dates in a bowl and cover them with very hot water
Let the dates soak while you prepare the cake batter.

In a large bowl add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt,  nutmeg and brown sugar.

In another bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, honey, eggs and vanilla.

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and stir until a batter is formed.

Drain the dates and chop into small chunks.
Fold dates into batter

Coat walnuts and chocolate chips with 1 tsp. of flour
and fold into batter.

Place batter in loaf pan

Bake about 1 hr. or until a toothpick inserted in the centre
 comes out clean.
The aroma coming from the kitchen while 
they are baking is absolutely divine.
Remove from oven and set on a wire rack to cool







Recipe adapted from Zabars. and The Charm of Home Blog

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