Monday, October 2, 2017

Pumpkin Scones / #PumpkinWeek

It's #PumpkinWeek! WooHoo! I am excited, and I hope you are too! All this week, participating bloggers will dazzle you with tasty and fun recipes using pumpkin as the main ingredient! We hope to inspire you to create these recipes for your family and friends! Today I have a recipe for Pumpkin Scones to share with you! They are made with canned pumpkin, dark brown sugar, and I added milk chocolate chips for fun! Plus a creamy chocolate drizzle! The recipe is easy to make and I hope you enjoy it! 
Pumpkin Scones    
(printable recipe at end of page)
(makes 8 pumpkin scones)
2 cups all purpose Flour
3 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup cold Butter
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 cup Milk
3/4 cup canned Pumpkin
1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Sauce
1/2 cup milk or semi sweet chocolate chips
Heavy Whipping Cream

 
 Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut the butter in to the mix by chipping off small pieces of butter from the stick and add it to the flour. Use a pastry blender to mix it all together. 
Using the pastry blender to cut the butter in should result in small crumbs in your flour mix.
Mix in the cinnamon, nutmeg, egg and milk. Then add the pumpkin. Mix all together.
Turn dough on to a floured surface. Knead 10-12 times, adding the chocolate chips into the dough as you are kneading. Form the dough into a circle about 1/2" thick.
Place dough onto a baking sheet covered with a parchment paper. Cut the dough into 8 pieces with a sharp knife. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Use a toothpick stuck into the thickest part of the dough to make sure they are done cooking. Let cool. 
Place milk chocolate chips in a small frying pan. You can use semi sweet if you prefer. Add 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream. Set stove temp to medium low. As chocolate melts, you may want to add more cream. If you do it a teaspoon at a time, you will be able to make sure you don't add too much. Stir continuously as the chips are melting.
This method of making a little chocolate sauce is great to use when you are in need of something quick and not too fancy!
Your chocolate will be the correct consistency for drizzling when you can load the spoon with chocolate and drizzle the chocolate across the pan. You can see that it will drip off the spoon in a smooth motion.
Drizzle the chocolate over your scones! Enjoy!

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Here are today's #PumpkinWeek recipes:

Pumpkin Drink Recipes:
Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mule from Love and Confections.



Savory Pumpkin Recipes:
Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce from Hardly A Goddess.
Pickled Pumpkin with Sage and Autumn Spices from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
Pumpkin Beer Bread from Forking Up.
Pumpkin Chili from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures.
Pumpkin Corn Chowder with Shrimp from Kudos Kitchen by Renee.
Pumpkin Focaccia Bread from Cookaholic Wife.
Pumpkin Ravioli with Parmesan Sage Cream Sauce from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen.
Pumpkin Rosemary Hummus with Sizzled Garlic from Amy's Cooking Adventures.


Sweet Pumpkin Recipes:
Brown Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies from The Redhead Baker.
Cheesecake Stuffed Pumpkin Bundt Cake from Cooking with Carlee.
Easy Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake from Daily Dish Recipes.
Pumpkin Blondies from It Bakes Me Happy.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars from The Bitter Side of Sweet.
Pumpkin Coffee Cake from The Chef Next Door.

Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal Bars from The Nifty Foodie.
Pumpkin Madeleines from Mildly Meandering.
Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites from Making Miracles.
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal from Seduction in the Kitchen.
Pumpkin Pie Tassies from Cindy's Recipes and Writings.
Pumpkin Scones from The Freshman Cook.
Pumpkin Spice Donuts from A Day in the Life on the Farm.
Pumpkin Spice Donuts from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks.
Pumpkin Zucchini Streusel Bread from An Affair from the Heart.





Pumpkin Scones

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 cups all purpose Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 cup Cold Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 3/4 cup canned Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Sauce
  • 1/2 cup milk or semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Heavy Whipping Cream

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pumpkin Scones
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut the butter in to the mix by chipping off small pieces of butter from the stick and add it to the flour. Use a pastry blender to mix it all together.
  2. Using the pastry blender to cut the butter in should result in small crumbs in your flour mix.
  3. Mix in the cinnamon, nutmeg, egg and milk. Then add the pumpkin. Mix all together. Turn dough on to a floured surface. Knead 10-12 times, adding the chocolate chips into the dough as you are kneading. Form the dough into a circle about 1/2" thick.
  4. Place dough onto a baking sheet covered with a parchment paper. Cut the dough into 8 pieces with a sharp knife. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Use a toothpick stuck into the thickest part of the dough to make sure they are done cooking. Let cool.
  5. Place milk chocolate chips in a small frying pan. You can use semi sweet if you prefer. Add 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream. Set stove temp to medium low. As chocolate melts, you may want to add more cream. If you do it a teaspoon at a time, you will be able to make sure you don't add too much. Stir continuously as the chips are melting. This method of making a little chocolate sauce is great to use when you are in need of something quick and not too fancy!
  6. Your chocolate will be the correct consistency for drizzling when you can load the spoon with chocolate and drizzle the chocolate across the pan. You can see that it will drip off the spoon in a smooth motion.
  7. Drizzle the chocolate over your scones! Enjoy!
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce / #SundaySupper

Although you may look at the ingredient list for my Steak Tacos w/ Chimichurri Sauce and think it is too long, with way to many ingredients, it really is easy and quick to make. I think you are going to like this version of chimichurri sauce. I made a few changes to the traditional sauce, like not using pimentos, cooking the red peppers, and soaking the diced red onions in the cider vinegar mix.
If you are like me, and you have a lot of interruptions when you are cooking, I recommend not putting any ingredients together until all of them are measured out and sitting right in front of you. It's so much easier, and when you have a long list, it makes the cooking go quicker. Really! 
 

 Steak Tacos w/ Chimichurri Sauce 
(printable recipe at end of page) 
(makes 8 tacos)
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup diced Red Bell Peppers
1 cup Italian Parsley, fresh chopped
1/3 cup chopped Cilantro
1 clove Garlic, finely chopped
1/3 cup diced yellow, and orange Bell Peppers
2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
8 ounce Top Sirloin Filet 
ground pepper
minced garlic
8 Tortillas
1 Lime
1 Avocado, sliced
Queso Fresco (crumbly cheese)


Combine apple cider vinegar, sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Add red onion. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Saute red peppers in butter until softened, but with just a bit of crunch.
Add chopped fresh parsley, chopped cilantro, chopped garlic, yellow and orange peppers, red peppers, diced red onions, extra virgin olive oil, and red wine vinegar to a bowl and mix together.
Sprinkle steak with black pepper and minced garlic. Tenderize and then place on grill.
Cook steak on grill to medium rare, or whatever you like. For medium rare, cook on each side for 2 minutes, flipping it to the other side, cooking for 5-6 minutes. Place tortillas in aluminum foil and cook on grill with steak. 
Let meat rest for approximately 5 minutes. Slice down thin slices.
Build taco by adding steak, topping it with chimichurri sauce, avocado and crumbly cheese. Add a squeeze of fresh lime, if desired.
 Enjoy! 


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Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 cup Italian Parsley, fresh chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped Cilantro
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup diced yellow, and orange Bell Peppers
  • 2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 8 ounce Top Sirloin Filet
  • ground pepper
  • minced garlic
  • 8 Tortillas
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • Queso Fresco (crumbly cheese)

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Combine apple cider vinegar, sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Add red onion. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Saute red peppers in butter until softened, but with just a bit of crunch.
  3. Add chopped fresh parsley, chopped cilantro, chopped garlic, yellow and orange peppers, red peppers, diced red onions, extra virgin olive oil, and red wine vinegar to a bowl and mix together.
  4. Sprinkle steak with black pepper and minced garlic. Tenderize and then place on grill.
  5. Cook steak on grill to medium rare, or whatever you like. For medium rare, cook on each side for 2 minutes, flipping it to the other side, cooking for 5-6 minutes. Place tortillas in aluminum foil and cook on grill with steak.
  6. Let meat rest for approximately 5 minutes. Slice down thin slices.
  7. Build taco by adding steak, topping it with chimichurri sauce, avocado and crumbly cheese. Add a squeeze of fresh lime, if desired. Enjoy!
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Battered Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices / #appleweek

With State Fair season coming up soon, I thought it would be fun to come up with a yummy treat, like you might see at the fair. These Battered Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices are easy to make, and they are tasty too! I used a boxed pancake mix, but I'm sure a homemade recipe will work also. What I love about these is that the pancake coating is light and fluffy, but the apple stays crisp and delicious! These are such fun!
Battered Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices
(printable recipe at end of page)
(makes 8 slices)
Pancake Mix 
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 Rainier HoneyCrisp Apple
1/2 cup Flour
Stick to insert in Apple Slices
Vegetable Oil for frying 
Chocolate
Caramel



Mix pancake batter according to package directions.
Add vanilla to batter. Also add a tablespoon of water at a time to the mix until it is smooth and a little thinner.
 Core the apple.
Place apple slices in a bowl of water.
 Measure the flour and place in a bowl.
 Add a stick to each apple. Dip apple in flour and lightly coat it.
 Dip apple into batter. Let it drip off the loose batter. It should stop dripping after a few drips.
Place apples in oil and fry. Your oil should be at 350 degrees. Turn the apples while they are in the oil. It should only take a few minutes to fry. After taking the apples from the fryer, place them on paper towels to dry.
Melt chocolate and caramels in double boilers. 
Drizzle the apples with chocolate and caramel however you want. I drizzled with chocolate first, refrigerated them and then drizzled them with caramel and refrigerated them again. I think sprinkles would be cute on top of the chocolate and caramel, and so would powdered sugar!


Enjoy!


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Check out more tasty apple recipes here:

Apfelstrudel Recipe (Apple Strudel from Scratch) from House of Nash Eats
 Apple and Onion Cornbread from A Day in the Life on the Farm 
Apple Butter Cheesecake from The Redhead Baker 
Apple Chicken Stew from Jolene's Recipe Journal
 Apple Cider Dark & Stormy from The Crumby Kitchen
 Apple Mincemeat Pie from Palatable Pastime
 Apple Pie Bread from Sew You Think You Can Cook
 Apple Pie Pancakes from 4 Sons 'R' Us
 Apple Praline Bread from Family Around the Table
 Apple Stuffing Crusted Pork Chops from Caroline's Cooking 
Apple Walnut Bars from The Chef Next Door
 Battered Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices from The Freshman Cook
 Caramel Apple Pull Apart Bread from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
 Apple Crack Slaw Eggrolls from Dad What's 4 Dinner 
Cinnamon Apple Donuts from Daily Dish Recipes
 Diminutive Caramel Apples from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
 Easy Caramel Apple Butter from Grumpy's Honeybunch
 Fast and Easy Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip from Cooking With Carlee
 Mom's Apple Cake from Books n' Cooks
 Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins from Amy's Cooking Adventures
 Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples from Simple and Savory
  Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples from Feeding Big
 Savory Apple Turkey Brie Galette from Bear & Bug Eats
 Swiss Vegetarian Autumn Lasagna With Apples & Squash from All That's Jas 

Battered Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices

INGREDIENTS:

  • Pancake Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Rainier HoneyCrisp Apple
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • Stick to insert in Apple Slices
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
  • Chocolate
  • Caramel

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix pancake batter according to package directions.
  2. Add vanilla to batter. Also add a tablespoon of water at a time to the mix until it is smooth and a little thinner.
  3. Core the apple.
  4. Place apple slices in a bowl of water.
  5. Measure the flour and place in a bowl.
  6. Add a stick to each apple. Dip apple in flour and lightly coat it.
  7. Dip apple into batter. Let it drip off the loose batter. It should stop dripping after a few drips.
  8. Place apples in oil and fry. Your oil should be at 350 degrees. Turn the apples while they are in the oil. It should only take a few minutes to fry. After taking the apples from the fryer, place them on paper towels to dry.
  9. Melt chocolate and caramels in double boilers.
  10. Drizzle the apples with chocolate and caramel however you want. I drizzled with chocolate first, refrigerated them and then drizzled them with caramel and refrigerated them again. I think sprinkles would be cute on top of the chocolate and caramel, and so would powdered sugar! Enjoy!
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

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