Cinnamon Apple Chocolate Chip Scones

Cinnamon Apple Chocolate Chip Scones

Cinnamon Apple Chocolate Chips

I have never been much of a baker except for buying pre-made cookie or brownie dough, mixing in water and putting it in the oven. I thought I would get seasonal and ambitious with cinnamon apple scones and chocolate chips to feed my the chocoholic in me. Cinnamon is in my top 3 favorite spices. I put it on tons of random stuff (chicken?!?) but I especially love it in breakfast dishes and pastries.

Apple Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Scones

The scones turned out pretty good for my first attempt at actual baking. I grated the apple so that it would have a subtler taste. (If you like a stronger apple flavor, dice them into small cubes and fry them on low-medium heat for 4 minutes or grate 2 apples instead of just 1.)

Grated Apple

Ingredients

  • 1 Apple
  • 2.5 cups Flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup of Chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of French Vanilla
  • 6 tbsp. Butter (frozen)
  • 1 tbsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 egg
  • Large cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper

Grated butter

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 F. Combine the flour, baking powder & soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until mixture is even. In a separate bowl whisk together egg, french vanilla, vanilla, buttermilk. Grate the cold butter using the large holes of a grater and whisk into the dry mixture. Grate apple and place into dry mixture. Pour the wet mixture into the dry one, add the chocolate chips and whisk until everything is evenly combined. (I added the chocolate chips into the mixture after I had placed about 50% of the dough on the cookie sheet. This way I could see if I liked them with or without chocolate chips better. I have to say they were equally good.)

Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Lightly flour the parchment paper and using a rubber spatula place 4 inch pieces about 1/2 inch apart until there is no more dough. (My mixture was very sticky, next time I would try and roll and knead dough until it was less sticky and I could form it into a circle. Then I would cut the dough into wedges. Just a thought!)  Bake 12-14 minutes. Remove and let cool on wire racks.

Apple Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Scone

Optional: Chocolate sauce topping.

I melted some butter and extra chocolate chips in the microwave and using a spoon drizzled chocolate sauce over the cooling scones to give it a finishing touch.

Cinnamon Apple Chocolate Chip Scones

Beats

“Dancin” used to be one of my favorite dance tracks back in 06-07, this remix by Krono is pretty sweet.

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

I have a love-hate relationship with breakfast. Mainly because if I have a nice hearty one I feel like I can take on the world, but if I have some cereal or no breakfast at all,  just getting to lunch can be a struggle. Breakfast should give sufficient nourishment in convenient fashion. It only takes a max of five minutes to make eggs and 10 minutes to make pancakes or french toast.  The difference for me in starting my day with cereal compared to scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and some yogurt is like night and day.

Pre-mashed batter

One thing that I have never understood is when I go to restaurants and order fruit or nut pancakes the fruits or nuts always come sliced and put on top of them. If I wanted a blueberries or a banana I would have asked for that separately but I ordered BANANA PANCAKES. I want the ingredients in the pancakes or waffles.

So the following recipe will be for pancakes that have bananas in them!!!

Mashed Banana Pancakes Batter

Ingredients

When I make either pancakes or waffles I usually use a mix for convenience.

  • 2 cup mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas (depending on how strong you like your banana flavor add or subtract as you see fit)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 masher

Optional: for sweeter dessert like pancakes.

  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Syrup
  • Butter

Banana pancakes cooking

Instructions

Whisk pancake mix, milk, eggs and cinnamon in a bowl. Peel and add bananas. Mash the bananas into the batter until there are no large chunks and whisk to create an even batter. Pour 1/4 cup onto hot frying pan. Cook until both sides are golden brown. Continue until there is no more batter. Enjoy!

Can you see the banana?

Can you see the banana?

The aptly named track Amazing from Suspect 44. I have been feeling this track ever since ABGT 47.