Thursday, January 31, 2013

English Royalty Chocolate Chip Scones

One of my resolutions this year is to try new things with my food. My husband doesn't always agree with my resolution, especially regarding dinner but I can experiment with breakfast and desserts! 

I was looking over our dinner calendar and realized that we recycle meals about every two weeks. Hmm, is it like that for most couples/families? I added one new recipe to our dinner menu this month and hopefully with these scones, I can add a new breakfast item besides eggs and cereal. Geez for a food blogger, I am in a routine rut. :) I hope in the next coming weeks I can share more of my attempted new foods. Well first, there is this guy I need to convince...

These scones are sweet and flaky and I can see using the base recipe and adding cheddar, chive, and milk to make a savory version. Wonder what the husband would think of that? ;) 

Of course I need to get better at dividing the dough but hey, for a first time I don't think I did too bad. :)



Chocolate Chip Scones
Recipe Adapted from All Recipes
Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 9 tablespoons orange juice

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with either parchment paper, silpat, or spray with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • With a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Mix in the orange juice to form a dough.
  • Turn the dough out on a floured surface.
  • Roll or pat out the dough to about a 9 inch circle. 
  • Cut the dough into 9 -12 slices, separating the dough a little bit as you cut.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Move to a wire rack to cool.
Enjoy, I know I did!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Puppy Chow Popcorn


If you guys know me at all, you know I love a good chocolate and peanut butter combo. It's my ALL-time favorite sweet combo and luckily my husband doesn't mind when I make chocolate and peanut butter stuff most of the time. :)

And one of my all-time favorite snacks as a child was puppy chow. My sitter used to make it all the time and I begged my mother to make it at home. I could eat the whole container and that's probably why I only make it for special occasions now much to the chagrin (or relief) of a couple of friends my husband works with. This has popcorn in it so that makes it healthier, right? ;)

This is so easy to make and I had all the ingredients on hand and it came together within minutes.

Puppy Chow Popcorn
Recipe Adapted from My Happy Place

Ingredients:
  • 12 cups of air popped popcorn (no butter)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:
  • Place popped popcorn in a large bowl
  • Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl in increments of 15 seconds until completely melted.
  • Pour chocolate/peanut butter mixture over popcorn and stir until the popcorn is coated with the chocolate/peanut butter.
  • Add the powdered sugar to the popcorn in 1/2 cup increments and stir until the popcorn is coated. 
Enjoy!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ah-mazing Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Oh, chocolate chip cookies what a difficult cookie to master. I can never seem to make the right cookies I'm in the mood for. Some people like thin cookies, some people like thick and chewy. What camp do you fall into? I'm a solidly in the camp of thick and chewy cookies where the cookie puffs up and barely spreads during baking. And these cookies fit the bill perfectly. They are small enough where I don't feel too guilty eating one but delicious enough where it isn't out of the question that I ate the entire plateful. 

I have been wanting to make some cookies since our weather turned cold (which was about 2 weeks ago). Chocolate chip cookies just seem like the perfect snack for a cold winter day.

Please make these now. You won't regret it, I promise. They are so good.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe by Apple a Day

Ingredients: 
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened 
  • 3/4 c. of brown sugar 
  • 1/4 c. of granulated sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract 
  • 2 c. of all purpose flour 
  • 2 tsp. of cornstarch 
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda 
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt 
  • 1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugars together in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • Add egg and vanilla extract and stir until blended.
  • Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Using a standard size cookie scoop, drop dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are slightly golden brown. Do not bake any longer than 10 minutes. 
  • Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Remove from the cookie sheet and transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Enjoy! And try not to eat a plateful. ;) 

 

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