Blueberry Cream Scone, just the name alone evokes a vision of flaky sweetness encouraging you to sit back and enjoy with a hot coffee or tea, especially on a day with a severe weather warning in effect (at least up here in Cookingwood).
Seriously, stop wasting you money on the conventional store-bought scone, as there is no comparison to these slightly sweet, flaky, luscious scones bursting with bites of wild blueberries. A sprinkling of coarse or raw sugar before baking adds just another layer of flavour.
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Easy one-bowl baking for any day of the week with ingredients you probably have on hand will make these a favourite.
Blueberry Cream Scones
Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Stack 2 baking sheets together to help prevent bottoms from over browning!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup whipping cream + 2 tbsp. whipping cream
1/3 cup cold butter
1/2 cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries
Coarse or raw sugar for sprinkling
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Measure out 3/4 cup whipping cream and stir in vanilla extract.
Using a box grater, grate cold butter into flour mixture and toss together with your fingers. Add in cream/vanilla and stir until mixture comes together. Add in berries and knead together gently a few times to disperse the berries.
Pat out onto prepared baking sheet into a circle about 1 1/2 inches high. Using a knife or bench scraper cut into 8 pieces. Brush tops with remaining 2 tablespoons of cream and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake in preheated oven about 15-20 minutes until tops are golden .
NOTE: If using frozen berries you will need to add a few more minutes to baking time.
Cool slightly and enjoy!
Leftovers are delicious next day warmed slightly in microwave or oven. These will also freeze well if wrapped tightly.
Bundt Cake – sweetenuf.ca
Usually when I have ripe bananas my go to recipe is Banana Chocolate Chip muffins but without my boys around to consume a dozen muffins in an afternoon there was no need for a double batch. Which meant I had enough bananas for another sweet treat.
For some reason I wanted to bake a Banana Bundt cake and I came across this delicous and easy recipe on ‘A Latte Food’ blog by Michelle. And, anything with caramel glaze to adorne it must be fabulous, right?
Whether you enjoy for dessert, breakfast or an afternoon snack, just enjoy. Take a few minutes with your coffee/tea and sit and savour the flavours. Don’t waste time, start mashing those ripe bananas and preheat your oven! With approximately 14 servings you can spread a little love slice by slice.
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Banana Bundt Cake
Caramel Glazed Banana Bundt Cake
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a bundt pan.
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mashed banana
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
In a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add in sugars and beat until combined. Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add to the creamed mixture and mix until combined.
Add in the banana, sour cream, milk andvanilla mixing until combined.
Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and smoothe the top with an offset spatula. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Caramel Glaze Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup icing sugar
Caramel Glaze Method:
Melt butter and brown sugar in small saucepan over low heat. Add in vanilla and cream and mix until combined. Whisk in the icing sugar.
Once combined, let it sit for about 10 minutes to thicken up. Spoon or drizzle over cooled cake.
(If glaze hardens up before your cake is ready you can warm it over a low hear, stirring, until spreadable.)
Last, but not least, enjoy!!
Cinnamon jam loaf. The name alone makes my mouth water. A perfect accompaniment to morning tea or afternoon coffee. Something to give you that ‘belly hug’ on a cold winter day in Ontario or a smile if you’re fortunate enough to be sitting outside in the sunshine somewhere south.
Another wonderful recipe from Bake from Scratch, the Comfort Issue, this no mixer required loaf received rave reviews at my house!
A nut streusel elevates this simple loaf by adding crunchy sweetness and if you wish add a little sugar glaze. This will keep for several days (should it last that long) well wrapped and you can always freeze any extras.
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Cinnamon Jam Loaf
Makes 1 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf. Preheat oven to 350F. Line loaf pan with parchment paper.
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup jam (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, etc.)
In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, sour cream, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, whisking just until combined.
Spoon 1/3 of batter into prepared loaf pan and top with 1/4 cup of jam, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Spoon another 1/3 of batter and top with remaining jam and top with remaining batter.
Sprinkle with Nut Streusel (recipe below) and bake for 30 minutes. Tent with foil and bake another 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes then remove from pan and cool on rack completely.
Drizzle with sugar glaze – combine 1 cup icing sugar with 2 tablespoons milk or cream until smooth.
1/2 cup chopped sliced almonds (pecans, walnuts or nut of choice)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
In a small bowl, stir together nuts, flour, sugars, cinnamon and salt. Using your fingertips, cut in butter until pea-size crumbs remain. Squeeze mixture into small and large clumps and sprinkle all over top of Cinnamon Jam loaf before baking.
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Time for another sweet treat. No, No, you say! You have eaten and drank so much it’s time for one of those crazy green juice fasts or, I know, you’re off coffee, sugar, dairy and gluten.
But really, how long will that craziness last? Everything in moderation and you will be fine. Not ready for another sweet just yet. No worries, keep this recipe on the back burner for an upcoming get together or family event. Extras can be frozen. Oh, and they still are great right out of the freezer, just in case!
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Baking Tip: No custard powder? You can sub in an equal amount of cornstarch in a pinch and I’d up the vanilla by another 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. It is a popular ingredient in recipes for the U.K. or Australia.
Lightly grease a 9×9-inch pan and line with parchment paper.
2 cups grahm wafer crumbs
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2cup butter, room temperature
2 cups icing sugar
1 tablespoon custard powder
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1/2 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter
In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, coconut, walnuts and chocolate chips.
In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter and add in sugar and cocoa. Mix until well combined and remove from heat. Allow to cool until warm and add the egg and vanilla and combine.
Add the graham cracker mixture to the saucepan and mix well. Press evenly into prepared pan and set aside.
For the filling, using a mixer, cream the butter, icing sugar and custard powder until mixed well. Add in the milk or cream and mix on medium speed until light in colour.
Spread filing evenly over crust and put in fridge to chill.
For topping, either in a double boiler or in microwave, combine the chocolate chips and butter and melt together, stirring until smooth. Spread evenly over the chilled bars and let set .
For easy cutting, remove the bars from the pan and using a large knife, warmed under running water, slice into 16 even bars. Run knife under hot water and wipe off as needed.
Although I can eat a scone anytime of the year now that temperatures are dropping and there is actually a few flakes of snow on the hood of my car, they seem to be calling my name on a more frequent basis.
Lemon Blueberry Scones
If you are still purchasing your scones at the local shop stop immediately and give these Lemon Blueberry Scones a try. One bowl baking at it’s best and no ‘knead’ to be intimidated. Worried you’ll eat the whole batch yourself? Which is a definite possiblilty as a warm from the oven scone is swoon worthy. Pack your cooled scones into a ziplock bag (or maybe 2 for extra protection), freeze and thaw as desired. Once thawed, a few seconds in the microwave to warm slightly will give you the ‘hug’ you need to start your day, or finish your day, or brighten your afternoon. Heck, heat up 2 and share with someone!
If your new to baking remember for scones you need COLD butter and when zesting make sure to only use the outer peel not the white part underneath the skin of the lemon. The pith is the bitter white just under the thicker skin so go lightly! Don’t worry if you have a little more or less of the zest, whatever you have will work fine.
Lemon Blueberry Scones
Most important, make sure your baking powder is fresh, fresh, fresh. If it has been open and sitting in your cupboard for over 6 months toss and purchase the smallest container you can. Baking soda and powder lose their magic powers so don’t buy the giant Costco container if you will not be using it up in several months!!
Fresh or frozen blueberries work in this recipe and I recommend using the small wild blueberries for the best taste. If using frozen berries you may need to bake a minute or two longer but remember to check half way through the baking time to see how quickly they are baking.
For an extra touch you can mix a little lemon juice with some icing sugar and lightly drizzle your cooled scones!
Lemon Blueberry Scones
Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Makes approx. 8
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 cup cold butter
1/4 cup whipping cream or 18% cream
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and zest.
Using a grater (I use a box grater and the larger holes) grate the cold butter on top of the flour mixture. With your hands lightly toss the flour over the butter until lightly coated.
Stir in the egg and cream and then the blueberries (mixture may look messy) until you have everything combined.
Onto a lightly floured surface turn out dough. At this this point you might have to gather some bits together so don’t panic. Either pat out or roll out your dough into a large circle about 1 1/2 inches thick. Place on prepared baking sheet.
(I find when using the frozen berries my mixture is easier to pat out but with fresh berries easier to lightly roll out.)
Using a pastry cutter or knife cut dough into 8 pieces and separate slightly.
Brush with a little cream and sprinkle with some granulated or coarse sugar.
Bake 15 minutes until golden and just firm to the touch. Remove from oven and cool slighly before eating.