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Monday, September 18, 2017

Cherry Almond Scones



I made these back in April for a baby shower I went to.  I also made the chocolate chip toffee ones found here.  These are really very tasty and a must to make.  Sure hope you give them a try.  Scones are really not difficult to make and are a great added to treat for any occasion. 
Ingredients
3½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
4 ounces unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces (1 stick)
7 ounces almond paste, frozen ( grated using the large-hole side of a box grater
1 cup buttermilk or greek yogurt
1 teaspoon almond extract
½ heaping cup fresh marachino cherries, whole small or cut larger  in half
1 egg
1 egg mixed with 1 teaspoon cold water
Coarse sugar for topping
Sliced almonds for topping

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
Using a pastry blender cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal with some larger pea size chunks of butter still remaining.
Fold in the grated almond paste using a rubber spatula.
In a large measuring cup combine the buttermilk, almond extract and 1 egg. Blend with a small whisk until combined.
Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour and butter mixture. Fold together using the spatula until a dough starts to come together. Do not over mix. Gently fold in cherries.
Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead gently to combine. Press the dough into a ¾ inch thick round and cut into scones using a 2½ inch biscuit cutter, or whatever shape you like.
Place the scones 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Brush each scone with the egg and water mixture. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, then sliced almonds, then a little more coarse sugar.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove to a wire rack to cool.

I also made the toffee chocolate chip ones, here a photo of them all together ready to take to the shower.


Thanks for stopping by, have a great week and Always Remember to Find the Time to DO all the Things YOU L♥ve.
Donna

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pork Stir Fry with lo mein noodles

  • I was really in the mood for a stir fry.  It was my day off so thought time to give this recipe a try.  It's realy worth taking the time to make.  Has a lot of ingredients but goes together fairly quickly.  My Middle grandson wanted to take the entire pot upstairs.  :) so I would say it's a hit and something to make again.

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound (450g) fresh lo mein noodles
  • 1 pound (450g) country-style boneless pork ribs or boneless pork loin chops
  • 1 teaspoon (3g) baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons (40g) sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) Chinese black or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Asian fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) neutral oil, such as grapeseed, peanut, or canola, divided
  • 1 (3-inch) knob fresh ginger, peeled and minced (about 2 tablespoons; 12g)
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 scallions, white parts cut in 1-inch pieces, light green parts very thinly sliced; divided
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cored purple cabbage (5 ounces; 150g)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Chinese broccoli or cored Napa cabbage (5 ounces; 150g)
  • 1 cup julienned carrots (2 1/2 ounces; 75g)
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
  • Sambal oelek (chili paste), for serving (optional)



Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook noodles according to package directions, stirring regularly with tongs or long chopsticks, until al dente and separated.   Drain noodles and set aside.Trim pork of excess fat and cut into thin strips, about 1/4 inch wide by 2 inches long. In a bowl, stir together baking soda and 1/2 cup cold water. Add pork, stir until thoroughly coated, then let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.   Then, in a med whisk together sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, wine, fish sauce, and cornstarch until sugar is dissolved. Set sauce aside Drain pork well, rinse with cold water, then pat dry with paper towels. Add pork back to rinsed and dried bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons (15ml) of the sauce and mix well.  
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  • In a wok or large cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon (15ml) neutral oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add ginger, garlic, and white scallion pieces and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Increase heat to high and add purple cabbage, Chinese broccoli (or Napa cabbage), and carrots. Cook, stirring and tossing, until vegetables are charred in spots and just softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.  Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) neutral oil to wok or skillet and heat over high heat until smoking. Add pork, spreading it out in a single layer, and let cook on one side until crisp and brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring and tossing, until just cooked through, about 1 minute longer. Transfer to plate with vegetables.  
    Wipe out wok or skillet, then add remaining 1 tablespoon (15ml) neutral oil and heat over high heat until smoking. Add noodles and cook, tossing and stirring, until hot. 
     Add remaining sauce, vegetables, and pork to noodles and toss well over heat to combine. Transfer lo mein to a platter and sprinkle sliced green scallions all over, along with sesame seeds, if using. Serve right away, passing sambal oelek at the table if desired.

    Thanks for taking time to stop by,  have a great week and Always Remember to Find the time to do ALL the things You L♥ve,
    Donna

    Monday, September 4, 2017

    Dutch Apple Bread

    Dutch Apple Bread

    1/2 cup softened butter (1 cube)
    1 cup granulated sugar
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup milk
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 1/2 cups diced peeled green apple
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
    Topping:
    5 TBSP cold butter
    1/3 cup flour
    2 TBSP granulated sugar
    2 TBSP brown sugar
    2 tsp ground cinnamon
    Vanilla Glaze: (Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Set aside.)

    1 TBSP melted butter
    1/2 cup powdered sugar
    1 TBSP milk
    1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a bread pan with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray. (I use a 10″ bread pan but this recipe works in a standard 8″ pan as well. The bakes bread will just be taller.)
    Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add in eggs, milk and vanilla and stir to incorporate. Mix in flour, salt and baking powder.  Fold in apples and nuts. Transfer mixture to prepared baking pan.
    For topping, combine all ingredients and mix with a fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter in pan.
    Bake for 55-60 minutes, until toothpick inserted in bread comes out clean. (Internal temperature of bread will be 200 degrees F when fully cooked.)

    Let cool. Remove from pan and drizzle top with vanilla glaze. Slice and serve.

    Thanks for stopping by, have a great week and Always Remember to Find the Time to DO ALL the things You L♥ve.
    Donna

    Monday, August 28, 2017

    toffee chocolate chip scones



    And yet another treat for work.  I've been on a scone kick lately mostly because they are so yummy but also they are so easy to make.  You could drizzle chocolate over the top of these if you desire, but they are good just the way they are.

    adapted from here




    Toffee Chocolate Chip Scones

    2 cups flour
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 Tbsp baking powder
    3 Tbsp sugar
    5 Tbsp butter- frozen or very cold
    3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
    1/2 cup Heath toffee bits
    1 cup cream (don’t skimp or dough is dry)
    2-3 Tbsp sugar for tops (optional)

    Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Grate the butter in. (You want it very cold!) Stir in the chocolate chips and toffee bits. Add the cream and stir gently. Knead a few times till dough comes together. It will be crumbly at first, but it will come together. Pat into a 1″ thick circle. Cut in wedges and place on a silpat lined cookie sheet about 1″ apart. Brush tops with cream or milk. Sprinkle with sugar if desired. Bake at 400° for about 15-18 minutes or till light golden brown.

    Thanks for stopping by, have a great week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.
    Donna

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    brotchen *german hard rolls*



    I made these when I made the crock pot apple pork roast.  They really are good, easy to make and also make a great sandwich.  Give them a try they're really a great addition to any meal.

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
    2. Pour 2 1/2 cups flour into a large bowl and form a well in the center.
    3. In a separate container, mix yeast, sugar, and two tablespoons water (water comes from the 1 cup above).
    4. Pour yeast mixture into the well but do not mix with the flour at this time.
    5. Cover bowl with a cloth and set it in a warm place for 15 minutes to rise.
    6. Add remaining water and oil and beat until mixed. Add SALT.
    7. Turn dough out onto counter and knead until smooth. Adding remaining 1/2 cup flour as needed.
    8. Put dough in bowl, cover and let rise until double in size. (about 30-40 minutes).
    9. Punch down and divide dough into 12 parts.
    10. Shape into oval rolls and place 3" apart on greased and floured cookie sheet.
    11. Cover and let rise until double in size.
    12. Beat egg white and 1 tsp water with a fork until frothy and brush onto rolls.
    13. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
    14. The time is an estimate, depending on how fast your dough rises.
    15. Thanks for stopping by, have a great week and Always Remember to Find the Time to do ALL the things You L♥ve.
    16. Donna













    Monday, August 7, 2017

    Apple Pork Roast in Slow Cooker



    I made this one Sunday for family dinner.  Was really good with lots of flavor.  Love these kind of meals that you really don't have to fuss with and spend all day in the kitchen.
    I always buy the large boneless pork loins when they are on sale at our local grocers.  I can get so many meals from one piece so really it's very economically wise to buy this way.  When I get it home I cut it into pork chops, thin cuts for stir fry and schnitzel and then also cut some pork roasts.


    3-5 lbs boneless pork roast
    2-3 apples *I used honey crisp b/c that's what I had*
    1 large onion thick sliced
    1./2 stick of butter cut in large pats
    salt and pepper
    2-3 TBL spicy mustard
    2-3 TBL honey
    1- 1 1/2 TBL thyme.  I would have used fresh but didn't have any

    Directions:

    Peel and cut onion, place in bottom of crock pot, place sliced apples on top then place the butter on top of apple.  Cut slits in the pork roast and place sliced apples in the slits.  Place on top of  apples, and onions.  Sprinkle salt and pepper, then add mustard then squirt honey evenly over top, last sprinkle the thyme on top *if your using fresh thyme place the springs on top of roast*.  Cook on low for about 5 hrs.  Internal temperature should be about 135-140.

    Thanks for stopping by have a great week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.
    Donna



    Monday, July 31, 2017

    blueberry scones


    Our local grocer had blueberries on sale and I needed a treat for work, so these worked out perfect.  I love making scones because you can make sweet or savory and they are all delicious.  The trick to making them so they are not dry is to not overwork the dough and don't over cook them.  Hope you give them a try.
    adapted from here
    Ingredients
    1. 3 cups all-purpose flour
    2. 1 cup sugar
    3. 1½ teaspoon salt
    4. 1 Tbsp baking powder
    5. 2 sticks butter, softened
    6. 1½ cups fresh blueberries
    7. 1 lemon, juice and zest
    8. ½ cup half and half
    9. 1 egg
    10. 1 egg, well beaten (for wash)
    11. ¼ cup turbinado or sparkling sugar
    Instructions
    1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
    2. Place flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. With a pastry cutter or fork, work
    3. butter into the flour mixture until fine crumbs form. Gently stir in blueberries. In a second medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice and zest, half and half, and one egg. With a wooden spoon, slowly add wet mixture to dry, stirring very carefully to keep berries intact.
    4. Turn dough onto a parchment-lined cutting board. Form into a 12”x 9” rectangle, about ¾” thick.With the Sweet Creations 3” Round Nest Cutter, press 12 rounds from the dough. Transfer to a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Discard remaining dough.
    5. Fill the Sweet Creations Pastry Brush with beaten egg. Glaze the tops of each scone with egg wash, sprinkle with turbinado sugar.Bake for 20-23 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
    Thanks for stopping by, have a great week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.
    Donna
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