Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cheddar Scones

When I mentioned these scones in my last post, I went to link to them and discovered I hadn't posted the recipe yet, so here they are! These are a delicious savory scone, and go perfectly with soup and italian dishes!

Cheddar Scones

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup cold butter
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 Tblsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Put flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, dry mustard, and salt into a large bowl; mix well. Cut butter into chunks, and cut into flour mixture with a pastry blender or rub in your fingers, until the mixture looks like fine granules.
Add cheese and toss to mix.
Break egg into milk and beat with a fork to blend well. Pour this over flour mixture and stir with a fork until a dough forms. Turn out dough on a lightly floured board and give 10-12 kneads. Form dough into a round, and cut into wedges. Seperate the wedges a bit so the inside will cook properly
Place on an un~greased cookie sheet.
Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown


Monday, February 21, 2011

Old Fashion Banana Bread

Hello everyone, sorry I've been rather absent of late, not much time for blogging recently, but I'll try to update periodically. I made banana bread today, so I thought I might post the recipe, this is a nice easy recipe, one of those that you can memorize quickly and whip out in just a few minutes.

For the flour, we prefer to use freshly ground pastry wheat or Kamut, but feel free to use just plain ol' all purpose, it turns out fine either way! Make sure your bananas are nice and ripe, if you have ripe bananas, but aren't ready to use them, just put them in the freezer, and use them when you're ready. If the batter turns out too thick, you can thin it down with a bit of milk or cream, but take it easy, a tablespoon or two should do!
This recipe make 1 loaf - since we often can eat a loaf in a day or two, I usually double or triple the recipe and make bread, muffins, and banana chocolate chip muffins


Old Fashion Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1-2 teaspoons vanilla
3 ripe bananas
1 generous teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350* spray loaf pan** generously.
Put all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and mix until thoroughly combined, Thin with milk or cream if too thick. Spoon into greased pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan.

**If you have pans that you can double up, it's a good idea to do so with banana bread so the sides and bottom don't get burnt while the insides cook.


I hope you all enjoy the recipe, be sure to tell me if you try it out, right now I'm going crazy smelling it in the oven, I can't wait to have a warm slice smothered in butter with a nice cup of tea!

So what's on your menu for the week? Tonight we're having goulash and cheddar scones. I may possibly try to start back up with the weekly menu thing that I was doing last year, so be sure to check back soon.

Have a fantastic week!!