Thursday, May 24, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Scones

These are "yummy delicious!" as Heather would say. We have been on a no sugar/lo-sugar kick lately. This was the perfect recipe for us. Very little sugar, and delicious!

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, chilled
1 apple - peeled, cored and shredded
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Measure flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl. Cut in butter or margarine until crumbly. Add shredded apple and milk. Stir to form a soft dough.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently 8 to 10 times. Pat into two 6-inch circles. Place on greased baking sheet. Brush tops with milk, and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Score each into 8 pie-shaped wedges.

Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 15 minutes, or until browned and risen. Serve warm with butter or applesauce. 

Source: Allrecipes

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Split Pea Soup

There just really isn't a way to make this soup look good, so I wont post a photo. Let's face it. No one ever wants to eat split pea soup at first glance. I mean, judging by the color alone, no one in their right mind would want to eat it. That dull green color just doesn't look appetizing.   BUT, let me tell you: this is the best split pea soup you will ever have. (At least it's the best split pea soup anyone in my family, or anyone that has had this soup has had.) 

1 lb. split peas
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. ham, diced
4 c. chicken broth
2 c. water
1 Tbs. parsley
3 dashes hot pepper sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Throw it all in the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Banana Cream Oatmeal

Oh man! Who needs Banana Cream Pie when you can have banana cream oatmeal for breakfast?

I don't know the exact measurements I used, but I will give it a go:

Banana Cream Oatmeal
1 1/2 c. oats

1 1/2 c. water

1 1/2 c. milk

Sweetener, to taste (I have used sweetened condensed milk, but if you are going to be using that you might as well be having pie, and I have used white sugar. You can also try honey, and artificial sweeteners.)

3 bananas, sliced, and divided

Cool Whip (optional)

Cook oats in water and milk until desired consistency is reached. Add sweetener and two bananas. Separate into bowls (about 4) and garnish with bananas and cool whip.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Allspice Cranberry Surprise Muffins

You would not believe how long this recipe has haunted me to post it. Oh, maybe it's not that hard. Yeah, I made these with the leftover Cranberry Relish from Thanksgiving. And then again for Christmas. And I still have a bag of frozen cranberries that I am seriously thinking about opening and using just for this purpose. These are SO good. They hit the spot every time!

Allspice Cranberry Surprise Muffins

For the Streusel:
½ cup all-purpose flour
3 Tbs. light brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits

For the Muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
¾ cup whole milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cranberry Filling:

Cranberry Relish recipe

Center a rack in the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan or line with paper cups. Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet.

To make the streusel, put the flour, brown sugar, and spices in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add the bits of cold butter and toss, pinching the mixture between your fingers, until you have pea-sized crumbs. Set aside in the refrigerator. (The streusel can be made up to 3 days ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.)

To make the muffins, in a large bowl whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, spices, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the brown sugar, making certain there are no lumps. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, milk and vanilla extract until well combined. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. The batter will be lumpy; that is how it should be.

Fill each muffin cup 1/3 full with batter. Add a spoonful of cranberry relish. Fill the remainder of the muffin cup with batter (only until about 3/4 full).

 Sprinkle streusel over each muffin, then use your fingertips to gently press the crumbs into the batter.

5. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin. Cool completely on the wire rack. Muffins can be stored, in an airtight container, at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Source: Adapted from