Apricot Scones 

I headed out to run a few errands this morning and couldn’t believe how chilly it was. Just yesterday I was out in a sweater. I found myself longing to be home baking these scones I’ve been dreaming about and sipping a cup of my favorite loose tea. I love dried apricots and have enjoyed them in a moist cake I bake called Swedish cream cake, in my chicken salad, and just popping them in my mouth. I could just picture The apricots peeking out of the buttery dough. Beautiful for serving in the spring at tea time. I’ve baked many scones over the years and never tire of the experience. Looking forward to sharing these.

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Banana Nut Bread

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What could be more comforting then ripe bananas baked into to bread. So sweet and so fragrant. This is one of my favorite fall treats.

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My ingredients.

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Cream the butter and sugar.

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Add banana to the creamed butter and sugar. Then add eggs, vanilla, and spices. Add flour to creamed mixture.

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Fold in walnuts.

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Pour batter into buttered loaf pan. Bake.

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Cool on a wire rack.

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Serve on your favorite plate and enjoy!

Banana Nut Bread

9 tablespoons of butter, softened

1 cup light brown sugar, packed, you may use pure cane sugar if you wish

Cream the butter and the sugar.

4 very ripe bananas, mashed

Add to the creamed mixture.

2 eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Add the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg to the creamed mixture. Mix until blended.

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 of salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

Sift ingredients together and add to the creamed mixture. Mix on low till blended.

¼ cup whole milk

Add milk and mix on low to blend

2/3 cup walnuts, chopped

Add walnuts to the mixture by gently folding into the batter.

Pour the batter into a buttered loaf pan.

Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. A tooth pick inserted should come out clean and the crust will be golden. Cool 10 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Then cool until it’s warm on wire rack. Serve warm plain or spread with softened butter.

Bakers note: My ingredients were all at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros.

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Apple Pie and Pittsburg

Apples from Trax Farm

I have been dreaming of baking an apple pie for several weeks now. The fall chill in the air just seems to beg for the oven to be lit. My husband, Joe and I planned a quick getaway last weekend to Pittsburg. He was born in Pittsburg and grew up in the boro of Castle Shannon. I decided to wait on my pie so I could purchase the apples from a farmers market nearby. Trax Farm has so many different kinds of apples. Joe’s Mom Helen always made her apple pie with star apples. I was going to look for those apples to make my pie just like his mom’s. Unfortunately they had no star apples. Since there were so many different kinds of apples I decided to use a variety of apples for my pie. I chose Jonathan, ginger gold, golden delicious, Jonagold, and granny smith. I loaded up my bag and paid. It was cool enough in the car that they wouldn’t spoil for the few days we were visiting. We had such a great time sight seeing and visiting Joe’s old neighborhood. We even made it to the Steelers game on Sunday due to the generosity of an old college buddy of Joe’s who lives in Pittsburg. I was so excited on our return home to make my apple pie. I waited till the next day and rolled up my selves. I relived our trip in my mind as I prepared the pie. When Joe came home from work that day we enjoyed a piece after our dinner. It was so delicious! I’m sure it was all those different apples and the fact that they came from Pittsburg of course!

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Apple Pie

Double crust pastry

8 cups apples, different varieties of baking apples. Peeled and sliced.

2-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 ¼ cups granulated sugar

3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced

2 tablespoons of whole milk

Prepare your favorite pastry crust chill for a least 1 hour or purchase a ready-made crust. Peel and slice the apples. Toss the apples with the lemon juice. Add the sugar and spices and mix with a spoon until evenly coated. Roll out the bottom crust and fill with the apple filling. Dot the top of the pie with diced unsalted butter. Roll out the top crust and place on top of the apples. Crimp the edges. Brush the top crust with while milk, and then cut slits in the top of crust to make a vent. Bake in a pre-heat 375 degree oven for 50-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cool and refrigerate and serve cold.

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Lazy Weekend Scrambled Eggs

A few years ago my husband and I got away for a little trip to Lewis, Delaware. We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast. It was a large old house and the new owners renovated the house from top to bottom. We ate our breakfast on the enclosed front porch. Very romantic! The breakfast we were served the first morning was southwestern scrambled eggs. It was so delicious I had to recreate it at home. I was feeling inspired so I came up with and Italian scramble as well. I call these lazy weekend scrambles. They do take a little extra time but these delicious eggs are worth it.The only thing you need to know about scrambling eggs is they are a protein and need to cook slowly so they don’t turnout like rubber.

Sothwestern Scramble
Southwestern Scramble

Southwestern scramble:
4 large eggs (organic preferred)
1-2 tablespoon of whole milk or goat milk
1 tablespoon green onion
4 tablespoon fresh corn, or frozen defrosted, cooked
3-4 tablespoon red pepper, diced
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon butter
Kosher salt, to taste
Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
Serve with:
2 slices avocado
Fresh salsa
Blue corn chips
Chop the green onion, and red pepper. In a nonstick pan add olive oil and butter over medium heat, add diced red pepper cook 3-5 minutes, add the corn cook 1-2 minutes add green onion. In a bowl crack the two eggs and lightly beat with a fork, add the milk and lightly beat with the fork again. Add eggs, salt and pepper to the mixture. Slowly stir the eggs with a wooden spoon just till they are set. Remove from heat. Serve eggs with two slices of avocado. Serve with a small amount of salsa and a few Blue corn chips.

Fresh Salsa:
3 tomatoes, chopped
½ cup red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
Juice of ½ a lime
3 tablespoons cilantro, rough chop
Place all ingredients into a blender of choice. Lightly blend to mix ingredients. Pour into a bowl chill at least 1 hour 4 hours is best.

Italian Scramble
Italian Scramble

Italian Scramble:
4 large eggs, (organic preferred)
1 tablespoon whole milk or goat milk
2 tablespoons red onion, chopped
3-4 tablespoon sweet or mild Italian sausage, remove from casing and break into pieces
3-4 tablespoon red pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 -2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil
Toasted baguette
Put olive in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add sausage, chopped onion, and the red peppers. Crack the two eggs into a bowl lightly beat with a fork, add the milk then lightly beat again with the fork. Add the eggs into the mixture add salt and pepper. Slowly stir eggs with a wooden spoon just till they are set. Add the fresh basil, lightly stir then add Parmesan cheese. Remove from heat. Serve with warmed baguette and butter.

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