Monday, January 19, 2009

Apple Pie Scone- My Signature

There's one thing I can eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and be satisfied and that's a scone. I just love scones so much that I really think I can possibly live off of them. I decided to make my own scone, my signature scone using my favorite ingredients. I got my inspiration from Baking Bites, her Strawberry Scone blew me away I never tasted a scone so good. I used the basic scone recipe and added my favorite ingredients from there.

Baking Bites Strawberry Scone (you must try this)

Apple Pie Scone-

Basic Scone
2 Cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Pwdr
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
4-5 Spoons of Butter

I added to my scone recipe

1/4 cup Unsweetened applesauce
1/4 buttermilk
2 Chopped and peeled Fuji Apples
2 TB Brown Sugar

I used 2 TB Unsweetened Applesauce
1 Cup Confection Sugar

I got the icing idea from Baking Bites Strawberry glaze, with the exception of using applesauce.

All you do is add all dry ingredients together, cut butter into the flour mixture until large clumps are gone, then mix in the rest of the ingredients, cut into triangle shapes and bake at 350 for 15 mins or until golden on top. The apples still have a nice little crunch and soft in the inside, the crust flakes on top but is moist inside. So delicious.

Add glaze topping when the scones are still warm and it really taste like apple pie. ;)

I have pictures to post, I won't be able to get them up until Sunday but they look as good as they taste I promise. I'm proud of myself for coming up with this I really am, I don't come up with recipes if you are a regular on my blog you know I'm all about trying everyone else's recipes so this is really exciting for me. I think also if I had some granola on me it would make such a lovely topping sprinkled over the icing.

FYI: These should be put in the oven the next day to reheat to keep the outside crunchy otherwise they go very soft and not scone like texture.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Smothered Steak Burger With Zucchini Fries

I found this burger recipe in Cooking light and wanted to give it a try, though I enjoyed the mushroom sauce and all, I think the meat I purchased was not up to par, I feel like if I used ground sirloin as instructed in the recipe I would've liked the results better so I shall try this one again soon. I found a great side with my burger, some yummy and really easy to make zucchini fries that I came across on Retorte's site. Love them! I plan on making these more often as a great side dish with just about anything.

Beer Battered Fish and Chips

I love fish and chips and love it even more that they are so easy to make. There's two things I've come to learn about Fish and Chips that I have made so many times in the passed, one that you need Halibut fish to make them the ultimate tasting fish and two that you use a really nice dark heavy beer in the batter like Samuel Adams. With that being said, I introduce you my favorite fish and chips recipe. I can't find the link to this, I grabbed it from Gourmet Magazine May of 2006.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Feta Burger

I'm revisiting an old recipe, It's a recipe I had once posted to my other blog that I have now redirecting to this blog. I found this Feta Burger to be so tasty. Chunks of feta cheese buried deep into a thick lean piece of meat, mmm. It is good and I actually thought this was a very clever shot I had grabbed of it so many years ago, it is my burger vs. the magazine's picture of the burger pretty close if not exact right? I adapted this recipe from Bon Appetit

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Chai Cheesecake with Ginger Crust

I have one more recipe to post from the Holidays and I'm done, it is the Chai Cheesecake. This struck my interest when I came across it and immediately I put it aside to give it a go. Especially since my husband's entire family are huge Chai Tea lovers. So the idea to make this for them specifically was my challenge, one that it could be just as good as chai tea or two that it could be too strong for a cheesecake. One thing about chai tea, not that kind at Starbucks but the real Indian Chai using a very strong spice called cardamon is it can overtake the taste of the actual chai tea itself. I had my concerns while into the process of making it, but it turned out very nicely with a hint of caradmon spice, well, that is until a few days in the frig and I found it too be incrediably strong and not tasty at all. I had put some in a remkin cup for us to try here at home as I made them the cheesecakes, but by the 3rd day I threw it out because the really strong caradmon taste must have incorporated into the cheesecake as days passed. So, it is very tasty if you love chai but I recommend to eat it the day it is made or the day after. This recipe was adapted from Bon appetit 2007

Once again, sorry for the crappy photo but you can click on the link to see a good picture of it.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Key Lime Cheesecake

My mom is huge on tart desserts, for Christmas Eve this year I made just for her a Key Lime Cheesecake, which surprisingly is very sweet and tart at the same time. In the pictures, you will see a very thin yellow layer over the crust, that is a very tart lime curd made out of just key limes and several egg yolks with sugar. Since the cheesecake part is sweet with just a hint of lime flavors this tartness at the bottom really pulls this dessert together. I actually made this last year for Christmas Eve as well and got a request for it this year too. I had grabbed this recipe from Bon Appetit 2006,

I know the pictures really needed more light and focus, I was not going to post this at all because of it but I figured if someone was looking for a recipe to this, they wouldn't care how my pictures came out but just that they found a recipe for it, click on the link for a good photo of it. :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

May 2009 bring all the positive people more happiness this year than 2008 did!