Apple Ginger Scones

I sometimes wish that I had the time to jot down what I’m thinking about writing for a post right when I think of it.  Truth is – I don’t.  Saturday, when I was making these scones, I had great ideas about what to write in the post.  However, I was also doing laundry, refereeing children, trying to get them all dressed and ready to go, and making the house semi-presentable.  Oh, and making the best scones ever.  All I can remember about what I was going to write is that is was pretty good!  Maybe it’ll come back to me as I go along. 

I think it had something to do with the strong flavours that I seem to have a tendency to love.  I’ve mentioned before that I love all things peanut butter, anything with lavender in it, and ginger.  Ginger, oh ginger.  You are so yummy.  I normally keep a container of crystallized (or I call it candied) ginger in my cupboard.  It’s a great sweet treat every once in awhile.  Spicy and sweet.  Guess who else likes it?  My boys!  I think it’s pretty great that they share some of my loves.  Especially this one, because wow!  Sometimes that stuff is REALLY spicy.  

Apple Ginger Scones

Apple Ginger Scones

Apple Ginger Scones

There is a bakery in town that makes apricot ginger scones.  And I LOVE them.  The mellowing flavour of the apricot and the spicy kick from the ginger come together to make a bonkers awesome scone.  And I love those chewy chunks of both.  I don’t really like spending $4 for one scone though.  I wanted to try to recreate for at home, but using a seasonal fruit.  

Enter:  Apples. 

We went apple picking last weekend, so I had some really great ones on hand.  I think I used a Cortland.  It was a pretty big apple, but I used the whole thing – if you want less of an apple party in your scone, I’d suggest using a small apple, or only using half a large one.  It’s definitely customizable.  

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Apple Ginger Scones
Serves 8
Great scones, with sweet apples, and spicy ginger.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 3/4 cup butter
  6. 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp buttermilk
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  8. 1/3 cup candied ginger, chopped
  9. 1 medium apple, peeled and diced
  10. 1 Tbsp butter, melted (for brushing)
  11. Sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the first four dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingers, until the crumbs resemble small peas.
  3. Pour in buttermilk and vanilla, and stir lightly, until just combined.
  4. Add in ginger and apples.
  5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a circle (about 9-10 inches diameter, 1 inch thick, or so). Cut into 6-8 pieces. Transfer to cookie sheet, leaving at least a 1/4 inch between scones. Brush tops with melted butter, and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Let cool on cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes, and then either EAT or transfer to a cooling rack.
Notes
  1. You can most certainly cut these smaller, if you just want bite-sized scones, or cut them out into rounds! Whatever you're looking to do. Just note that they might have a shorter bake time if they're smaller.
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 I so hope you make these scones!  They’re pretty dang easy.  Just don’t over-mix them (you don’t want tough scones, do you?!).  I would highly recommend making these on a Saturday morning after one coffee, and then [trying] to drink a second cup leisurely as they bake in the oven.  So good. 

If you want to check out some other scones, here are some Lavender Berry Scones, and Raspberry Scones.

**Linked up on Naptime Creations, Honest Mum, Buns in My Oven, Lil Luna, Dear Creatives

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THE BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies + some crazy life stuff

**Just a warning – this is going to be a llloooonggg post.  But I hope you enjoy it enough to read it all!  :)**

Okay, here’s just how crazy I am.  At the moment, I’m FINALLY uploading my wedding pictures (from June 2010) to be developed…  I don’t have any printed off.  And I’m dead serious.  (Have I mentioned I am the queen of procrastination?  Because that’s true too.)  Not to mention baby pictures.  We have a baby?  You’d never know by my empty photo frames.

Anyhow.  We had a great, crazy, busy weekend.  My grandmother’s party was a hit.  I survived the 5K run.  Mother’s Day has come and gone.  All that in 2 days.  And it just hasn’t seemed to have slowed down very much.  I’ve had time to post, I won’t deny, but I’ve chosen to chillax instead.  Right now, I’m really still chillaxing.

I have to share this picture with you.  I just stumbled on it in choosing what pictures to get printed (this is a most certainly…).

You see, my brother Caleb got the brilliant idea of a turban for Cael a few months ago.  And now I do variations.  How do you like Biker-Cael-with-the-Cheesies?  I think he’s pretty darn cute, to tell the truth.

So!  I thought I’d  let you in on the 75th Birthday Bash.  The cake turned out pretty good (gave me a huge headache, but worth it… right?).  Along with my pan of squares, orange vanilla scones, two batches of shortbread cookies, AND 20 roast beef wraps.  I was flying on Saturday.  Literally, flying.  And slightly scared of crash landing in my mess of an icing-filled kitchen.  Mother’s Day, we went out for breakfast, and then we went for ice cream that evening too.  🙂

How do you like my grandmother’s cake?

Doesn’t she look great for 75?  If I didn’t know it, I would have guessed 65, seriously.

AND NOW…  I’ll share some food with you.

I made and photographed these awhile ago.  They are a standard in every household, but I like to believe that these are the BEST of their kind.  Give it up for Chococlate Chip Cookies!

*Warning – this makes a big batch.  But they go fast, so don’t even worry about it!*

This recipe is from a family friend.  The recipe says that the oatmeal is “optional”, but I would say that it is actually quite MANDATORY.  You choose in the end, but I’d advise adding oatmeal over not.  🙂

Chocolate Chip Cookes
Yields 4
The best chocolate chip cookies! Chewy and crisp around the edges - absolutely the best!
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  2. 2/3 cup margarine, softened
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1 cup brown sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 tsp vanilla
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 3 cups flour
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/2-1 cup oatmeal (I use almost a cup most of the time)
  11. 2 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line cookies sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the oil, sugars, and butter, until nice and yummy.
  3. Add in those eggs and mix until pale and fluffy. Throw in the salt and vanilla. Stir.
  4. Dump in the flour, baking soda, and oatmeal, and mix until combined.
  5. Add chocolate chips and give a good stir.
  6. Drop onto cookie sheets and bake for 10-11 minutes, or until slightly browned. Let rest on cookies sheets for 2-3 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack until completely cooled. (Or just eat them <--- that's what I'd actually suggest.)
Adapted from Family Friend
Adapted from Family Friend
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Mix together fats and sugars.  Add eggs, vanilla, and salt!

The batter will look something like this:

Doesn’t it make you want to lick the beaters?

Next, add the salt, flour and baking soda, and beat until smooth.  Add the oatmeal and chocolate chips.

Bake for about 10 minutes (or until slightly browned).  They are awesome RIGHT out of the oven.  And almost equally awesome days later.

Please enjoy these on this nice spring Victoria Day LONG WEEKEND!  Woot.  Do it up.

A new picture, just because.  

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Now if you would be so kind as to not fall asleep while reading these 30 ‘interesting’ things about me!  🙂

30 Day Challenge

Day 6 – Write 30 interesting facts about yourself.

(This could be hard…  But here goes!)

1)  I love baking, but never follow a recipe exactly

2)  I work best under pressure (ie – ‘Queen of Procrastination’)

3)  I took Tourism and Hospitality Management at university

4)  I love doing cross words (but usually end up cheating for a word or two)

5)  Puzzles are awesome

6)  I study best at Starbucks

7)  My favourite thing to drink at Starbucks is a Skinny Caramel Macchiato

8)  There are three books I have read about 10 times each (and would still re-read) – they are all by Eva Ibbotson

9)  I have read through the entire Bible once, and am currently trying to do it again

10)  I married my high school sweetheart

11)  I am so glad I did

12)  I have the cutest little boy in the world, who laughs when he burps or farts (quite a boy, huh?)

13)  This summer will be the first time I’ve ever stood in a wedding other than my own

14)  I have an addiction to mustard coloured things

15)  I love my middle name

16)  I love wearing dresses, but I also love jeans – it’s a toss-up

17)  I love reasons to dress up

18)  I love kissing my hubby

19)  I love taking university courses (it makes me feel successful)

20)  I haven’t weighed myself since the day before I gave birth to my son

21)  I own a TON of Coke Cola memorabilia, but rarely drink the beverage

22)  I no longer have an appendix

23)  I was born with a cleft palate in my soft palate

24)  I have had the same group of 4 friends since grade 5

25)  I love to drive.  Like, I REALLY love to drive.

26)  Road trips are my dream vacation (well, other than touring France, England, and Italy)

27)  One of my favourite foods are Ribbits (Which are really bad for you, and you’ve probably never heard of them, but you should really try to find them, BBQ them, and eat them.)

28)  I love superhero movies

29)  Ice cream is one of many of my all-time favourites

30)  I am a firm believer in the death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He is my Saviour.

There you have it guys.  You should know me a lot better now.  If I’m ever sad, or grumpy, buy me some ice cream or a Skinny Caramel Macchiato, and I’m good to go.

What do you think?  What did you find ‘interesting’?  Whatcha doin’ for the long weekend?

Nannie’s Cinnamon Rolls

Rolling in cinnamon roll dough that is!  (The biscuit type.)

As much as I wish that it was the money-type-dough….  It’s not.  But this is the next best kind!  But!  Before we get to that…  Baking.  Who likes to do this?  Is there anyone else out there that just loves to bake?  Because I could bake sun-up to sun down if I had the people to bake for and the time to do so…  Just wanted to let you know about that.

Guess what!  Our little boy crawled for the first time yesterday!  It was a very exciting, but bittersweet moment.  Exciting because he’s crawling and growing up.  Bittersweet because he’s growing up SO fast.  I cannot believe how big he’s getting and how much he’s doing.  Have I mentioned that he claps and tries to sing along in church?  (Or that he’s a complete goof ball?)

Don’t you love the hairdo and expression?  🙂  Priceless.

Speaking of church, our church played the movie Courageous over the weekend.  It was a great movie.  I highly recommend it.  It is focusing on what God says of fathers in the Bible.  But it has great advice in it for mothers as well.  We are to bring up our children in a godly way, honouring Him through it all.  It’s a really hard task.  But completely achievable with the help of prayer and the Holy Spirit.  Joshua 25:15 – “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

On to these FAMOUS Cinnamon Rolls.  They are sooo good.  I’ve mentioned my grandmother in a few of my previous posts.  She was a real influence on my baking.  I have been baking as long as I’ve been standing (and probably before).  This recipe is one that she would let me help with right from the get-go.  It was our recipe (well, it’s hers, but it was our special time spent together eating the dough making them).  😉  We are a family that tends not to measure…  I know, I know…  Tsk tsk.  BUT – things just taste better when they aren’t perfect.  (Remember my gripe about perfectly round cookies?)  I love being able to judge how much of something I need to dump in without a measuring cup.  Don’t get me wrong, I still do measure a lot of things (especially for certain recipes when it is critical that certain amounts are exact), but I dump a lot of ingredients in the bowl willy-nillly.  Anyway, my ramble does have a point – we tend not to measure… i.e. – this recipe does not really exist.  I had to make my grandmother sit down and really think about what she puts in her cinnamon rolls, so I could write it down to have and to share.  So, here goes!

Nanny’s Cinnamon Rolls

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup margarine, softened

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

Salt

2 1/2 – 3 cups flour

3 1/2 tsp baking powder

Stir together the margarine, eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt.  Once it is combined, add two cups of flour and the baking powder, stir. Add 1/2 cup flour, stir.  If the dough is too sticky to handle, add the rest of the flour.  If it seems okay, then don’t add any more.  Simple as that.

Now, this is one of those recipes that you just have to use a wooden spoon.  Well, I do at least.  My grandmother didn’t introduce me to a mixer until I was 10 or 11, so we used a wooden spoon to make most of the baked goods we made together.  And there are still a few recipes that I just have to use a wooden spoon to mix.  It doesn’t mix as thoroughly as our KitchenAid, but it gives these rolls a ‘homemade’ feel, and I get to feel quite nostalgic.

After you’re done mixing, slap it on a floured surface and roll into a rectangle (the dough should be about 1/2 inch thick, or whatever you prefer really).  Next – spread with margarine.  The more, the better.  Yum.

Then, sprinkle (very generously) brown sugar over the butter.  Don’t forget to spread it out and lick your fingers (and to wash your hands afterwards…).  Then sprinkle cinnamon over the sugar, to your own taste.  If you like raisins, you can throw some of those on top – SO good.  After all that, you can roll these puppies up.  From the long end.  They should look somewhat like this when they’re rolled:

I cut them into 12 rolls normally, but you can make them thicker/thinner if you want to.  Then put them on a greased cookie sheet, or in a greased 8X8 pan (depending on how you want them to turn out).

Oh!  Remember to cut the ends off, just a little slice off of either end to make them look better (and so that you have some extra dough to sample).  Nanny would save the ends for us every time she made them.  (And if I got through the door first, I’d quickly scarf down both ends so I didn’t have to share with my brother… Very sisterly of me eh?)

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until dough is set and slightly brown.

They looked so good.  I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of them.  Last one, I promise.  Best one too.

Nannie's Cinnamon Rolls

Wow.  One of my most favourite foods (I think I have a lot of those….)

And just a side note – Congratulations to my best friend Ivy, who just got engaged this weekend!

What is your favourite baked good?  Have any family traditions around baking?