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.

Applesauce Bread

20180217_123441 applesauce bread I made this bread and decided to share it. Here is the recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 small loaf pans or 1 large loaf pan. Set aside. You will need these ingredients:

  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. maple extract
  • 3 T. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 1/2 c. chopped dried dates

In a large bowl, add the oil, eggs, maple extract, milk, and sugars. Mix well. Add the spices and dry ingredients. Blend well. Add the applesauce, dates, and raisins. Stir until blended. Divide dough into 2 small loaf pans or 1 large pan. Bake for 45 minutes for smaller loaves or 1 hour for large loaf. Cool on a rack.

Pork Casserole

I wanted something different for dinner and this is what I came up with. It turned out good. You will need these ingredients:

  • box of rotini noodles
  • 3 T. olive oil at least
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • boneless pork
  • 2 T. butter
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can golden mushroom soup
  • 1 cup water

Preheat oven to 375 F. degrees. Rub a casserole dish with a thin layer of shortening. Set aside. Chop up garlic, peppers, onion, and celery. In a skillet, add olive oil. When oil warms, place the garlic mix in the skillet and cook until soft. Stir often. Meanwhile, chop up the pork into bite size pieces. When garlic mix ready, set aside. Add pork to oil in skillet and cook until no longer pink. Add mushroom soup, water, and garlic mixture with pork. Stir often. Meanwhile boil noodles. When noodles are soft, drain out water. Add noodles to prepared casserole dish. Pour  pork mixture over noodles. Sprinkle cheese. Melt butter in microwave for 30 seconds. When done, pour butter into a bowl. Add bread crumbs and blend. Sprinkle bread crumbs over casserole. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.20180203_190823pork


Is Coconut Really Good for You?

20180109_134841 coconutWe hear all the buzz about coconut and gluten- free diets, but are they really good for you? Coconut flour is a light tan color with a fine, airy consistency. After the oil and water are pressed out of the coconut, its dried white meat is ground into powdery flour. Since it’s made completely from the coconut, it’s considered hypoallergenic and gluten-free.  It’s high in fiber, protein, and a healthy saturated fat that supports a healthy metabolism and balances out blood sugars. So the answer is yes.

The problem  baking with coconut flour though is because of its high fiber content it becomes absorbent, which means your final product is dry. Who wants to eat dry muffins or cookies? Add an egg for every ounce of coconut flour used and it will solve that problem, but all those eggs  don’t help  people with cholesterol issues.

Coconut flour can be used in other things for a quick pick-me-up, such as a tablespoon of it inside your morning smoothie or in some cocoa. It gives you a boost of protein and fiber.  So weigh the pros and cons and see if coconut is right for you.


Orange Spice Cookies

I whipped up some of these cookies. It fits right in for a Halloween treat. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup & 6 T. butter or butter-flavored shortening
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. orange extract
  • 2 eggs
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 3 c. quick oats
  • 1/2 pkg. pumpkin spice Toll House morsels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Blend butter with sugars, eggs, and orange extract in a bowl. Add flour and spices. Mix well. Add the oats and blend in. Stir in the morsels. Drop by spoonful dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for ten minutes. Cool on a rack.pumpkin spice

Maple Nut Cookies

maple cookiesYou will need these ingredients:

  • 1 cup either butter or butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. maple extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, add the sugar, maple, butter, and eggs. Cream together. Add the spices and flour together. Blend well. Stir in the nuts and mix well. Roll dough into balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on rack.

Dark Chocolate Crescents

Looking for a treat to satisfy your craving of chocolate? Try this. You will need:

  • 1 8 oz. pkg. crescent rolls
  • 8 fun size dark chocolate bars + 2 extra for drizzle
  • 32 mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Unroll the crescent rolls into 8 triangles. Unwrap candy. Place 1 mini dark chocolate bar and 4 mini marshmallows in each triangle. Roll up. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Place the 2 extra bars in the microwave and melt about 30 seconds. Put in a sandwich bag and drizzle the melted chocolate over the cooled crescent rolls.

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