Friday, October 31, 2014

Taking A Break

Happy Halloween everyone. I hope it was a fun day for everyone.

I am not doing my usual recipe post this Friday. I just wanted to let everyone that I will be taking some time off from blogging. I have things that I would love to improve on my blog, but never seem to have the time to do so with working a 9 hour work day.

So I have decided to take a few months off and work on the improvements and let's say learn more about blogging. I am hoping to be back by the beginning of February, but you will see me popping up around the blogging world and leaving comments from time to time.

For the meantime I will leave you with a few of my favorite posts:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Apple Oat Streusel Topped Scones

How do you like to start your morning?

This was 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
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
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon butter
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
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
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.