Food & Drink

Scones

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I used to hate scones as a kid.  My mom would buy some from the Asian supermarket that were always kind of dry and mealy.  In grad school, I had one that was quite wonderful, and I started scouring the internet for the perfect scone recipe.  After tweaking and tweaking, I have the perfect scone recipe!  It is buttery, not over-whelmingly sweet, and hits all the right spots.  In fact, it has been approved by one of my British friends.  Yay!

I’ve made mine with a mix of chocolate chips and cranberries.  But you can really add whatever you like.  Raisins, berries, chocolate, nuts, etc.  The possibilities are endless.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Serving: 12

Ingredients
– 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 2 tsp baking powder
– pinch of salt
– 1/2 cup butter (cold)
– 3/4 cup chocolate chips, raisins, cranberries, etc. (add-ins of your choice)
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1 tbs butter, melted

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 350.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Cut the cold butter into small pieces.  Using your hands (or a pastry cutter), cut the butter into the dry mixture until dry crumbs form.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, vanilla, and milk.  Pour the mixture into the dry mixture until a dough forms.
3. Using a spatula, mix in your add-ins.  Roll it out to a floured work surface.  Divide the dough into two and knead until a ball forms.  Flatten into a disk.  Cut into 6 even pieces.  Repeat with the other dough.
4. Brush the melted butter on the tops of the scones.  Bake for 25 minutes, or until a golden brown form on the tops.

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Note: If you don’t want a savory, buttery top, in lieu of the butter, beat 1 egg with 1 tbs of milk and do an egg wash instead.

Food & Drink

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

One of my favorite things to bake is banana bread.  Here is a super easy, one-bowl recipe, and you don’t even need an electric mixer!  I made a chocolate chip banana bread here, but feel free to add walnuts, raisins, or any other add-in of your choice!

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Ready in: 65 minutes
Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients:
– 4 ripe bananas
– 1/3 cup melted butter
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1  1/2 cup all-purpose flour
– pinch of salt
– 1/3 cup chocolate chips

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Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a loaf pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork or potato masher.
3. Add the butter and sugar.  Mix with a spoon or spatula.
4. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and vanilla.  Pour mixture into the large bowl, mix.
5. Mix in baking soda, salt, and flour.  Lastly stir in the chocolate chips.  Mix well and pour into the prepared loaf pan.
6. Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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