Cinnamon Apple Chocolate Chip Scones
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.
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.)
- 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
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.
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.
“Dancin” used to be one of my favorite dance tracks back in 06-07, this remix by Krono is pretty sweet.
Spicy Honey Pulled Chicken
One of my favorite types of meat is pulled chicken or pork, and despite that fact I somehow just discovered the crock pot. Growing up my family never used one, except for pot roast which I despised, because vegetables touched everything thereby making everything inedible.
My love for ketchup is renowned and I also like honey and some kick for my taste buds. I had some chicken so I decided to make spicy honey ketchup pulled chicken sandwiches. After the chicken finished cooking I put some in a wheat bun and made my first ever crock pot sandwich… It was
Amazing not nearly up to my standards. I think I used too much ketchup and something else was missing. Truth be told, the buns I bought were not very good, but (Rule 76.) no excuses, play like a champion. I had to boost to work for a few hours and when I came home I tried my concoction in a quesadilla with some baby spinach and it tasted exponentially better (no pictures of this). I told you it was the buns! If I were to do this again I would use about 1/4 cup of ketchup and 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. I’ll chalk this up as a good first attempt at using a crock pot.
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/2 cup of ketchup (I’d use about 1/4 if I were to make this recipe again.)
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. basil
- Sandwich buns
Pulled Chicken Quesadillas
- Shredded cheese
- Baby spinach
Mix honey, ketchup, and dry ingredients in bowl. Evenly coat the chicken with the mixture. Place chicken in crock pot and pour remaining mixture into the crock pot. Cook for 5 hours and when finished you have some spicy honey ketchup pulled chicken
sandwiches, quesadillas or tacos.
Since it’s Throwback Thursday, here’s a classic house banger for you!
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.
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!!!
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
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?
The aptly named track Amazing from Suspect 44. I have been feeling this track ever since ABGT 47.
Ever since college I have enjoyed experimenting with food and cooking. A lot of the things that I make are pretty simple, but as I gain more experience I will attempt more intricate recipes and creations. I am going to try to post 2-3 times per week but hopefully once I get into the swing of things I’ll post more. My go to’s are pizza, any kind of meat, chocolate, sandwiches, Italian, BBQ, Asian, and breakfast. I attempt to stay healthy but I am not afraid to have a “cheat meal”. Experimenting with spices is what I enjoy most about cooking and things can get weird in the kitchen!
I have never taken pictures of food so that’s exciting and scary, because how do you take tantalizing pictures of food? I also love music and I will be posting a song or mix or live show with every post or in a separate post depending on the formatting.
Being 25 and from Seattle, I grew up with boy bands, Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock and some alternative music. Despite growing up on these genres I discovered my favorite one in the summer of 2003. My Dad was working on something in the garage and he was listening to c89.5, a local radio station (that I had never even heard of) that played dance music. That station played dance music and what has now evolved into electronic dance music or EDM as everyone knows. What I realized about EDM back when I was 15 was that it brought happiness. I was hooked! I have since delved further into the sub-genres such as trance, house, progressive trance and house, deep-house, drum n’ bass, etc… This new found inspiration led me to thinking I wanted to DJ and I have more than 50 mixes that I’ve created. My latest one is posted below. My other music love is hip-hop and I am sad to say that in the words of Nas, “Hip-Hop is dead”. There are a few guys who are trying to keep it going but the support just isn’t there anymore.
I love sports or pretty much any kind and have grown up playing them all. Ask anyone who knows me and I’ll drop almost anything to engage in some competition. Seattle might be the second most depressing sports city next to Cleveland but that doesn’t keep me from supporting them, especially the Seahawks. The Sounders are solid and have the pieces but they have yet to put it all together and the Mariners haven’t been close to making the playoffs in 10 years. I graduated from Washington State University, and it is probably the proudest fan-base with the worst teams. The tagline for our fan-base is “undefeated fans”. To make up for all that losing I am a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan and I’ve loved them since they traded for Kobe Bryant, I don’t know what I would do without them.
I love to talk about any of the above so if you want to chat, drop me a line.