Organic Coconut Sugar Scones with Strawberries!

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_MG_0349Organic Coconut Sugar!  I stumbled upon this at Trader Joe’s by accident, of course I had to try it.  Apparently, Dr Oz endorses it as a healthier sugar substitute, I had no idea.  Check this clip out for the full story.  Coconut sugar causes less of a crash then regular white sugar.  The ratio is the same as regular white sugar.  The taste is delicious!  Try this recipe and see for yourself!

Makes 10-12 Scones small scones or 6 jumbo scones

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour – I used whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream or whole milk

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

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Knead dough gently on a floured surface two or three times. The more you touch the dough, the more the butter in it melts, causing it to become dense, so remember to apply a light touch!  Roll or pat the dough into one circle for jumbo scones or two circles for smaller scones.

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Then, using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into triangle slices. Place the scones on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper, spacing a few inches apart.  Lastly, sprinkle a little extra sugar on top of scones before you bake them.

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Enjoy!  Happy Baking!!

 

 

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VANILLA GRAPEFRUIT SCONES with a CITRUS GLAZE

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VANILLA GRAPEFRUIT WHOLE WHEAT SCONE

It’s grapefruit season and our grapefruit tree is full!  I’ll be baking, crafting and blogging about  grapefruit ingredients over the next few days so stay tuned.  First off this grapefruit extravaganza are these vanilla grapefruit scones with a citrus glaze.  I cut back the sugar in the dough to 1/3 cup since the glaze is full of sugar.  I am also baking scones exclusively with ricotta cheese now.  The grocery store was out of buttermilk last time I went shopping.  I took that as a sign and bought some whole milk ricotta cheese.  Enjoy and Happy Baking!

Makes 10-12 Scones small scones or 6 jumbo scones

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour – I used whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Zest from 1 large grapefruit

Grapefruit Glaze- Combine all ingredients and set aside until scones have cooled completely

  •  3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grapefruit juice

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Blend the butter into the flour mixture with your finger-tips. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs, with chunks of butter the size of small peas. Combine the ricotta cheese and heavy whipping cream, zest, beaten egg and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined.

Knead dough gently on a floured surface two or three times. The more you touch the dough, the more the butter in it melts, causing it to become dense, so remember to apply a light touch!  Roll or pat the dough into one circle for jumbo scones or two circles for smaller scones.  Then, using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into triangle slices. Place the scones on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper, spacing a few inches apart.

Bake for about 13-16 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Dip the top of the scone in the glaze and serve!

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CHOCOLATE COVER BLUEBERRY MUFFINS WITH OATMEAL AND FLAXMEAL

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These hearty muffins are nutritious with the right amount of sweetness.  The flax meal is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids and the oatmeal is rich in fiber.  Both can be a great addition to any pancake, bread or muffin recipe.  If you don’t want to make these recipes from scratch try adding a few table spoons to a pre made mix you already have in your pantry!

Makes 12

INGREDIENTS

For the muffins

  •                  1 cup rolled oats or old fashioned oatmeal
  •                   1/2 cup sour cream mixed with 2 table spoons of milk
  •                   3 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  •                   2 egg
  •                   2/3 cup brown sugar
  •                   1 teaspoon vanilla
  •                   1 cup + 2 tablespoon flour
  •                   2 heaping tablespoon ground flaxmeal
  •                   1 teaspoon baking powder
  •                   1 teaspoon baking soda
  •                   1/2 teaspoon salt
  •                   1 cup chocolate covered blue berries

For the crumbly topping and glaze

  •                   2 tablespoon cold butter, cut into small pieces
  •                   6 tablespoons flour
  •                   2 tablespoon brown sugar
  •                   1/2 cup powdered sugar
  •                   1 tablespoon milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place paper liners in muffin.
  2. Combine the oats and buttermilk in a mixing bowl. Let the oats soak for 15-20 minutes. Add the melted butter, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir by hand until just combined.
  3. Add the flour, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir again until evenly moistened.
  4. Gently fold the blueberries into the remaining batter and divide evenly between the muffin tins. Place 2-3 additional blueberries at the very top center of each muffin, just to make ‘em pretty.
  5.  For the crumbly topping, press the butter, flour, and brown sugar together with your fingers until fine crumbs form. Sprinkle one spoonful of crumbs over each muffin before baking.
  6. Bake muffins for 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown. While the muffins are cooling, stir the powdered sugar and milk together to make a glaze. Drizzle a little glaze over each muffin before serving. Happy Baking!

Easy Doughnuts! Made from biscuits in a can!!

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From the Kitchen of Julie is back!  January was a little crazy.  Which probably explains this delicious and indulgent doughnut recipe instead of my usual healthy spin on baking.  These doughnuts are SOOO easy that I don’t mind making an exception this one time.

Doughnut Ingredients & tools

  • Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers Originals
  • Canola oil
  • Doughnut cutter
  • Medium pot
  • Baking thermometer (these go higher then a meat thermometer)
  • Long handle slotted spoon (spoon with holes).  The long handle gives you room to stand back from heated oil when submerging doughnut.
  • Paper towels

Chocolate Ganache Icing

  •  1/2 cup of bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbs cup honey

Chop bittersweet chocolate into small chunks and place in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, heat the heavy whipping cream in microwave for 30 seconds.  Pour cream over chocolate, add honey, stir with a whisk in a spiral motion from middle of the bowl to edge until smooth.

Cinnamon and Organic Coconut Sugar Dusting

  •  2 Tbs of Organic Coconut Sugar (Trader Joe’s) and 2 Tbs of granulate white sugar
  • or 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon

Mix all together with a fork.

Directions

  • Fill medium pot 1/3 to 1/2 full with oil.  Heat oil to 375 degrees.  Clip thermometer to side of pot and monitor temperature closely.  Start at a medium high heat and go up from there till you hit 375.
  • As oil is heating up, crack open the biscuits and lay them out to rise.  Then get your cutter out and cut your biscuits into doughnuts shapes.  Save your doughnut middle for doughnut holes!
  • Have slotted spoon for submerging ready and a stack of paper towels to place doughnuts on after they have cooked.  Once oil is heated, gently submerge your doughnut into oil.  CAUTION!  Be careful with heated oil at this temperature.  It could crackle out of the pot and fly up at you!  Stand back when submerging.
  • Let doughnuts cook until golden brown about 4-5 minutes.  The holes should also be golden brown but only 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove doughnuts from oil with slotted spoon and place on paper towels.  Then toss in cinnamon sugar mixture until fully coated.
  • If you are doing the chocolate ganache icing let doughnuts cool then dip into icing.
  • Serve immediately!  These bad boys will keep for a few days but are amazing right after cooking.  Enjoy!!

Perfect Scone – Ricotta Cheese and Blackberry Scones

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Have you ever considered freezing your ingredients?  Having frozen butter and chilled flour can help your scone be less dense.  If blackberries are out of season consider frozen berries from the frozen food aisle.  I think these are the best scones I ever made!  This recipe is similar to the raspberry scones, however I subbed sour cream for ricotta cheese and heavy whipping cream.

It is also important to knead the dough only a few times.  The dough should be soft and sticky.  I usually add a little flour just so i can work with it.  Wow, what a difference!  The end result was a light and soft texture that was a bit creamier.  Make sure to enjoy these scones straight from the oven.

Makes 10-12 Scones small scones or 6 jumbo scones

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup of blackberries cut in half

Preheat oven to 375 F with the rack in the middle of the oven. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Blend the butter into the flour mixture with a food processor or your finger-tips. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs, with chunks of butter the size of small peas. Combine the ricotta cheese and heavy whipping cream, beaten egg and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined, then fold in blackberries.

Knead dough gently on a floured surface two or three times. The more you touch the dough, the more the butter in it melts, causing it to become dense, so remember to apply a light touch!  Roll or pat the dough into one circle for jumbo scones or two circles for smaller scones.  Then, using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into triangle slices. Place the scones on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper, spacing a few inches apart.  Sprinkle tops with sugar.

Bake for about 16-18 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool, or serve immediately.

Sour Cream Raspberry Scones!

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Scones are one of my favorite things to have around the house.  Basic ingredients are usually in your cupboard, and most any fruit you have laying around will work.  I am a big coffee drinker and scones are a must have.

Makes 10-12 Scones small scones or 6 jumbo scones

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup of raspberries

INGREDIENTS (GLAZE)

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 F with the rack in the middle of the oven. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Blend the butter into the flour mixture with a food processor or your finger-tips. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs, with chunks of butter the size of small peas. Combine the sour cream, beaten egg and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined, then fold in raspberries.

Knead dough gently on a floured surface two or three times. The more you touch the dough, the more the butter in it melts, causing it to become sticky, so remember to apply a light touch!  Roll or pat the dough into one circle for jumbo scones or two circles for smaller scones.  Then, using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into triangle slices. Place the scones on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper, spacing a few inches apart. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg and cream mixture. This helps to brown the tops of the scones during baking.  Sprinkle tops with sugar if desired.

Bake for about 16-18 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool, or serve immediately.

Bacon and Egg Cupcakes

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Here is a great breakfast you can eat all weekend!  I got this right off MarthaStewart.com, of course I changed a few things 🙂  You can use regular bread(martha style), any type of pillsbury dough in the tube or puff pastry dough you buy in the frozen aisle(my style).  The pillsbury dough tubes usually have shorter baking time then the eggs, so if you go with that your dough will be crispy and plenty brown on the edges.
Ingredients
  • pillsbury dough crescent croissants
  • half a pound of bacon (healthier option turkey bacon)  Or simply omit meat entirely
  • 8 large eggs
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • green green onions chopped for toping (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  With a rolling pin, flatten croissants triangles slightly, then press triangles into each muffin cup, with a cookie cutter trim excess dough, making sure croissant dough comes up to edge of cup, overlapping slightly. Use extra croissant dough to patch any gaps.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium, until almost crisp, 4 minutes, flipping once. (It will continue to cook in the oven.) Lay 1 bacon slice in each bread cup and crack an egg over each. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until egg whites are just set, 20 to 25 minutes. Run a small knife around cups to loosen croissants. Serve immediately.

If want to save left overs, store in air tight container, heat up in oven.

Nutrition

Eggs are a great source of protein but small in serving size.  You can have and egg in the morning and the protein will keep your hunger under control till lunch or a healthy snack.  Eggs are also a great source for Omega 3’s, which help with reducing inflammation.  Other benefits include brain and nerve health, the list goes on!