Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Apple Oat Streusel Topped Scones


How do you like to start your morning?




This is supposed to be a post about chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling. But as you can see there is no cake and no chocolate. Ugh!! This time it wasn't the pictures... this time it was the chocolate mousse filling, it just didn't want to cooperate.

I really hate it when things don't go my way!!

Oh well, I really needed to bake some scones anyway. My son had eaten all of the scones and muffins that I had in the freezer for him. So I guess it was just meant to be.

I have made apple scones before, but this is my first time I have added oats and a streusel topping. I had happy smiles all around. The apples make these scones a bit moist. And as always the aroma of apples and cinnamon makes the house smell wonderful.

I have been thinking that I have never made any savory scones before. I have to put that on my to do list, but for the time being I love making scones that are filled with fruits and sweetness.

When fall rolls around I love baking with apples and cinnamon and what better way to do that than some lovely scones.



Print Recipe

Apple Oat Streusel Topped Scones
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup oats
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup finely chopped apples
Struesel:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon butter
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Mix the streusel first. Add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 tablespoon butter to a small bowl. With your fingers or a fork mix ingredients until are well blended. Set aside until the scones are completed.
3. For the scones add flour and butter to a medium large bowl. Cut the butter in with a pastry cutter or a fork until you it is well blended. The mixture should be such as a crumble.
4. Add the oats, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix until blended
5. Add egg to a small bowl and beat slightly, to this add you milk, vanilla, and apples. Add to the flour and oat mixture. Mix until well blend.
6. On a lightly floured surface knead the dough a few times and form into a 8 to 9-inch circle. To with the struesel and gently press the struesel into the top of the scones. Cut the circle into 8 or 12 scones.
7. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes if making 8 scones a touch less for smaller scones or until lightly browned.
8. Remove from the oven and cool on cooling rack.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Cheesy Buns with Italian Seasoning





Sunday was a day spent mostly in the kitchen. We were celebrating the birthday for our daughter-in-law. It was just last year when our son and our daughter-in-law got married. Boy, it is hard to believe that a year has passed by already.

As always when we celebrate a birthday at our house, we let the person celebrating their birthday choose what they would like to eat. My son informed me that when he and our daughter-in-law make their decision they go on my blog and look at the recipes to make their decision.



I guess it has been a while that I have been blogging and there is quite the variety of recipes.  We served Chicken Parmesan, so I wanted some bread that would go along with the flavor of the dinner.

The buns had some Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Italian seasoning added to them. They turned out super soft and when the dinner was over there was one left. 





Cheesy Buns with Italian Seasoning
Ingredients:
1 package of yeast
1 1/4 cup warm water
2 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 3/4 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Directions:
1. In a large bowl dissolve the yeast and the brown sugar with the warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes
2. Add the olive oil, salt, Italian seasoning, cheeses, and 1 cup of flour. Stir until well blended
3. Use a large enough bowl so that you can knead the dough in the bowl. Gradually add the rest of the flour, kneading the flour into the dough until you have dough that is slightly sticky to the touch.
4. Grease the bottom of your bowl and turn the dough so that each side gets coated.
5. Cover the bowl and with a towel and set in a warm place and let the dough rise for a 1 1/2 or until about double in size.
6. Prepare baking sheets by greasing them lightly.
7. Once the dough has doubled in size, pinch off pieces of dough and form into roll. They should be about a 1/2 cup of dough.
8. Cover the rolls and let rest for about 45 minutes to an hour, so they are about double in size.
9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
10. Once the buns have rested, place them in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
11. Remove from oven and brush the buns with melted butter.




Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Spice Granola


Homemade granola



I think I have been a little obsessed with a couple of things this fall. For one thing I have been making homemade granola... a lot more than I ever have in the past. I am not sure why... I have always loved it, but for some reason this fall I find myself in the kitchen making the stuff.

Yes, and then there are the fall spices, or at least what I think of fall spices. You know cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. I just can't seem to get enough of them right now. It not that these spices are new to me or anything, but in the past I used them usually with only pumpkin desserts, especially the ginger and nutmeg.



For some reason when I decided to make granola again I got it stuck in my head that I really want to add a little ginger and nutmeg to the whole mix. You know what? It worked!

I wanted to cut these into bars, which I did, but they are a bit crumbly... so I am not sure if they should be called granola bars or just plain granola. But then my daughter said that she thinks that homemade granola bars are somewhat normally crumbly.

So not matter if you call this stuff granola or granola bars, one thing for sure you can call it yummy.




Print Recipe

Fall Spice Granola
Ingredients:
3 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup roughly chopped cashews
1/2 cup roughly chopped almonds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup honey
6 tablespoons butter, plus more a little more for the pan
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a small saucepan add the honey, butter, and brown sugar heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook until the mixture comes to a boil and remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
3. While the butter mixture is cooking in a mix the oats, pepitas, cashews, almonds, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
4. Once the butter mixture has come to a boil and you have removed from the heat pour it over the oat mixture and stir until well blended.
5. Butter an 8 by 8 baking dish. Pour the granola mixture into the prepared baking dish and pat firmly into the dish.
6. Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 25 minutes or until lightly brown.
7. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into bars.