Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

A yummy solution for one over-ripe banana sitting on the counter!

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

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2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup cold butter, cut in small pieces
3/4 cup cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 banana, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Coarse/Turbinado sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 400°. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat. In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter. Add cream and vanilla; stir gently just until dough comes together. Gently fold in bananas and chocolate chips. Transfer dough to floured surface and knead dough gently a few times, until ball forms. Pat dough into 9″ circle, about 3/4-inch thick. Cut into 8 even wedges. Place wedges on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with a bit of cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. Recipe from prettysimplesweet.com.

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Butterscotch Brownie Sundaes and Butterscotch Blondie Sundaes

An easy dessert for a family dinner. This is my favorite brownie recipe, add butterscotch chips, ice cream and butterscotch topping and you have Butterscotch Brownie Sundaes! Change up the brownie recipe to make blondies, add butterscotch chips, ice cream and butterscotch topping and you have Butterscotch Blondie Sundaes.

Butterscotch Brownie Sundae

Butterscotch Blondie Sundae

Butterscotch Brownies:
1 cup butter, melted
3 cups sugar
1 Tbl vanilla
4 eggs
1½ cups flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa (regular or dark)
1 tsp salt
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9″x13″ baking pan with foil, leave over hang, and spray with non-stick spray. In large bowl mixing by hand, cream melted butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla then eggs. Add flour, cocoa, and salt; mix thoroughly. Stir in butterscotch and chocolate chips. Scoop batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 38-42 minutes. Cool completely, remove brownies from pan with foil overhang to cutting board. Peel foil back from brownies and cut.

Butterscotch Blondies:
1 cup butter, melted
3 cups sugar
1 Tbl vanilla
4 eggs
2½ cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9″x13″ baking pan with foil, leave overhang, and spray with non-stick spray. In large bowl mixing by hand, cream melted butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla then eggs. Add flour and salt; mix thoroughly. Stir in butterscotch and white chocolate chips. Scoop batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 38-42 minutes. Cool completely, remove brownies from pan with foil overhang to cutting board. Peel foil back from brownies and cut.

Add vanilla ice cream and butterscotch topping!

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No Knead Crusty Bread

Crusty on the outside and tenderly amazing on the inside! One of the most popular recipes ever published in the New York Times, this recipe comes from Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery. No special ingredients, equipment, or technique, just plain simple and delicious! Mix it up in the evening and bake in the morning or mix it up in the morning and bake it for dinner.
Give it a try!

No Knead Crusty Bread

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3 cups flour
1¾ tsp salt
1/4 tsp instant yeast
1½ cups water

In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, and yeast. Pour in water and stir until all combined. Dough will be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap. Let sit 12-18 hours, at room temperature (approx 70°). Dough is ready anytime after 12 hours when surface is bubbly and you are ready to bake.

Heat oven to 450°. Pour dough onto heavily floured surface and shape into a ball or oval (depending on your pot).  Cover with plastic wrap and let sit while the pot is heating. Put *pot with lid* into preheated oven to heat for 30 minutes. There is no need to grease or spray pot. Remove hot pot from oven and drop in the dough (careful it’s HOT!).  Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove bread from oven and place on cooling rack to cool.

* Use a cast iron pot, crock pot insert, glass Pyrex, any 5-7 quart pot with lid that is made for oven use.

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Peanuty Peanut Butter Cookies

Taking the peanut butter cookie to a higher level of peanuty flavor!

Peanuty Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2¼ cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 bag peanut butter chips
1½ cups honey roasted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, and salt; mix until just combined. Stir in peanut butter chips and honey roasted peanuts. Drop rounded scoops (about 2 Tbl) of batter onto ungreased cookie sheet. Press down with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake 11-12 minutes, remove just before cookies start to brown. Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, remove to cooling rack to cool completely. Make about 44 cookies. Of course adding chocolate chips would be absolutely wonderful!

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Strawberry Blueberry Crisp for Two

Delicious little dessert for two!

Strawberry Blueberry Crisp for Two

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2/3 cup chopped strawberries
2/3 cup blueberries
2 tsp corn starch
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbl cold butter

Preheat oven to 350°. In small bowl stir together strawberries, blueberries, cornstarch, and sugar until well-coated. Divide fruit evenly between two ramekins and set aside on foil-lined baking sheet. In another small bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle crumble mixture over berries in ramekins (there is a lot of crumb mixture, try to use it all, it will shrink as it bakes). Bake 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly and the topping is golden.
Original recipe from thebakerchick.com, strawberries added.

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Brownies Supreme

In my mind and taste buds, these are Brownies Supreme. A mixture of dark chocolate, chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. What is your idea of a supreme brownie?

Brownies Supreme

Brownies:
1 cup butter, melted
3 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
1½ cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13″x9″ baking pan with foil (leaving overhang on each end) and lightly spray with non stick spray. In large bowl, stirring by hand, mix melted butter, sugar, and vanilla. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add flour, cocoa, dark cocoa, and salt; mix thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Toward the end of brownie baking time, start preparing frosting.

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

In saucepan over medium heat, bring butter, evaporated milk, and sugar to boil. Boil for about 5 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, coconut, and nuts. Pour and spread over cake as it comes from the oven. Cool completely, remove from pan to cutting board using foil overhang. Carefully peel foil away from sides and bottom of brownies and cut into squares.

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Mandarin Orange Muffins

Mandarin Orange Muffins, may you have a happy sunny morning!

Mandarin Orange Muffins

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1¾ cups flour
2½ tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained, reserve 1/2 cup liquid
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 400°. In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, stir together the 1/2 cup mandarin orange liquid, egg, oil, and sugar. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Fold in oranges. Divide batter evenly into six muffins cups sprayed with non-stick spray and sprinkle tops with sugar. Bake 20 minutes or until golden. Makes 6 large muffins.

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Cinnamon Blondies

A flavorful ribbon of cinnamon sugar running through tender vanilla blondies, frosted with whipped buttercream. A new favorite!

Cinnamon Blondies

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Blondies:
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt

Filling:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup vanilla chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 13″x9″ baking pan with non-stick spray. In large bowl, stirring by hand, mix melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in eggs one at a time, and stir in vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix just until combined. In small bowl, stir together sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon for the filling. Spread half the batter (about 2 cups) in prepared pan. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar filling over batter. Sprinkle vanilla chips over cinnamon sugar, press down gently. Drop remaining batter by scoopfuls over the top and gently spread (I used my fingers sprayed with nonstick spray, it takes a minute with patience but it works). Bake 28-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
2-3 Tbl milk

Whip butter with electric mixer until light in color. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and 2 Tbl milk. Whip. Add more milk if needed for desired frosting consistency. Spread over completely cool blondies.

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Peanut Butter & Honey Braid

If you’re a bread person like me, make this Peanut Butter & Honey Braid, grab a glass of milk and be happy!

Peanut Butter & Honey Braid

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2 ¹/3 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
1/2 cup butter, cold
2/3 cup milk, cold
3-4 Tbl peanut butter
2-3 Tbl honey

Preheat oven to 425°.  Cut butter into baking mix until mixture is crumbly. Stir in milk until dough comes together. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead lightly 10 to 12 times. Roll dough into 15″x9″ rectangle.  Spread jam lengthwise down center 1/3 of dough (center 3″ pictured below). Make 3” cuts at 1″ intervals on long sides. Fold strips over filling.  Pick up with two spatulas and move onto Silpat lined baking sheet or sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Glaze with following glaze when slightly cooled.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla
milk (enough to make drizzle consistency, add a little at a time)

Whisk together until smooth and drizzle over braid.

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Baked Frittata

This is a perfect throw together, use what you’ve got in the fridge and pantry kind of dinner (or breakfast or brunch). Use the basic recipe and add ingredients and spices to taste. It can be meatless or not, make the full recipe for a 13″x9″ pan or half it in a smaller dish for fewer servings, it’s all up to you!

Baked Frittata

12 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 baking powder
1 tsp salt (or season salt)
fresh ground pepper
fresh herbs, chopped or spices (optional)

Some ideas for added ingredients (this is what I did): Sauté onion, peppers, spinach. Browned sausage and/or bacon. Grated Swiss and sharp cheddar cheese. Diced tomato. Chopped green chilies. Sliced or chopped olives.

Preheat oven to 350°. Sauté vegetables if using. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and other herbs or spices. Stir in all other ingredients. Pour into well sprayed 13″x9″ pan. Bake 35-45 minutes, until set in center. Remove from oven and let cool and set up for about 10 minutes. We also like a little salsa on top!

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