Chocolate Scones

20180227_091803 sconeHere is a delicious recipe. You will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 T. butter
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1/3 c. + 2 T. molasses
  • 1 1/4 c. chocolate chunks

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl: add sugar, flour, spices, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Blend well. Cut the butter into small cubes. Using a pastry cutter or fork, work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. In another bowl, add milk, syrup, molasses, and 1 egg. Blend well. Stir into the flour mixture. Fold in the chocolate chunks. Optional: For an extra spicy flavor, add 3 T. crystallized ginger. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and gather the dough into a ball. Pat the dough into a flat circle about 1 inch thick. Transfer to a plate and place in freezer for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Remove dough from freezer and slice into 6 triangle wedges. Place scones on prepared baking sheet. Meanwhile, beat the remaining egg with a T. of water. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash. Sprinkle sugar on top if desired. Bake 12-16 minutes until golden brown. Cool on rack. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Natural Peach Syrup

I try to avoid most syrups as they are too sugary. I’ve been on a Mediterranean diet to help lower my cholesterol and to hopefully lose weight. I found this recipe and thought I would share it. It doesn’t have any sugar in it. You will need these ingredients:

  • 6 cups sliced peaches
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 T. lemon juice

In a large pot, combine peaches and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until peaches are soft and have colored the liquid, approximately 20 minutes. Strain through a sieve over a bowl. Discard peach solids. Return strained juice to pot. Add honey and stir. Bring to a boil. Skim off any foam. Add lemon juice. Pour hot syrup into clean half-pint jars. Leave a 1/2 inch head space. Wipe rim of jars with a damp cloth. Allow to cool, about an hour. Apply lids. Store in fridge up to 3 weeks or place in freezer up to 6 months. The syrup is good on pancakes or anything else your heart desires.


The Magic of Cider Vinegar

I’ve heard from dieticians, doctors, and lecturers about cider vinegar and its magical properties. It helps lower blood sugar, helps with weight loss, and is a good cleansing source. Not many people can stomach the smell or the taste of cider vinegar though. Here is a tea recipe that isn’t too bad to swallow, but it might make your lips pucker. It calls for these ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey ( raw is best)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together. Drink up.



Breakfast Burrito

I like McDonald’s breakfast burritos, but I have wondered how to make them. This is what I came up with. You will need:

  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen O’Brien potatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup red or green bell peppers
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • flour tortillas

In a skillet, cook the sausage until no longer pink. Drain the grease. Add the potatoes, onion, and pepper. Cook approximately 8 minutes or until tender. Add the eggs and cook until set. Spoon the filling into tortilla shell and sprinkle with cheese. Fold the ends and sides over filling and roll up. You now have breakfast. Makes around 12, depending on how much filling used.