Blueberry Scones With Orange Glaze

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Typically, blueberry scones are matched with a lemon glaze. While I’m a big lover of anything lemons, this is that one instance when I prefer an orange glaze over lemon. The blueberries I had were bit tart, so it matched really well with the sweetness of the orange. This scone recipe, however, is just perfection. Not too complicated, no surprises, not overly sweet and just perfectly tender and sumptuous.

The trick is to make sure that everything is chilled. Normally when baking, it’s ideal to keep everything at room temperature. In this case, however, it’s quite the opposite. This requires chilled butter, cold heavy cream and even the egg. It truly helps to keep the scones tender and flaky. Baking these in a very hot oven (400 degrees F) “shocks” the chilled dough, making them rise much better and become even flakier.

Scones can be eaten right away while still warm, or store in airtight containers, preferably wrapped in wax or parchment paper. You can easily warm cold scones either in a toaster oven for a crispy outside or just zap it in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds.

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Mini Blueberry Cupcakes

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I adore anything minis, so when I was asked to make something with blueberries, I immediately jumped into action and baked these mini blueberry cupcakes. These are moist and tender, and just the perfect amount of sweetness. The recipe is based from Jordan Marsh’s Blueberry Muffins, although I did make some small changes into it. The recipe calls this as muffins, but I think the recipe is more of for cupcakes. I excluded the mashing of blueberries and added a little bit of cinnamon into the batter. I reduced the amount of sugar, and added a couple of tablespoons of sour cream for that extra tenderness. I was contemplating whether to frost this mini cupcakes, but I think that these are already good as it is, so I didn’t bother with frosting. This has become one of my favorite on-the-go snacks at work!

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Banana Bread

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This is my all-time favorite banana bread recipe! I’ve searched and tried many recipes, Joanne Chang’s banana bread recipe stands out the most for me. I did tweak it a little bit such as reducing the amount of sugar and making the walnuts and sour cream optional. Also, instead of just baking soda, I also added baking powder for extra leavening.

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Turkey Empanadas

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If you read my Turkey Ramblings post, you would know how I approached cooking the turkey for this year’s Thanksgiving. I did say that it was very delicious and everyone just loved it. And believe me, it’s true! However, we were still left with some leftovers from that big bird. And now, the dilemma was what to do with the leftovers. We could simply eat it as it is, with the gravy and lingonberry jam. Still delicious! But, admit it, it’s not as exciting to eat it compared to when you eat it on Thanksgiving Day.

I came upon my friend’s Facebook post on how she’s making pork empanada for her daughter’s snack for the afternoon. And it was like a light bulb was lit on my mind. Why not make a turkey empanada? My aunt would sometimes bring chicken empanadas whenever she comes over. Though I don’t know the recipe, I could figure out from the taste on how to do it. I didn’t have specific quantities of the ingredients as I added stuffs as I go along with the cooking.

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Rolled Ham & Cheese Sandwich

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When you’re the one in charge of cooking breakfast day after day after day, you’d eventually run out of any breakfast ideas to feed the hungry stomachs of your family. And that’s what happened to me! Because let’s face it, it’s hard to feed people when they’re appetites are barely awake (at least to some people). So, my conundrum is to come up with a breakfast meal that’s appealing for them, and at the same time, something they can eat and not just merely nibble. Of course, there’s your regular bacon, egg, sausage, oats, pancakes, etc. But here’s something new that I tried: rolled ham and cheese sandwich! It requires more work than your regular ham and cheese sandwich, but it’s something to pique the interest of anyone’s appetite.

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Breakfast Cookies

 

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Or, Oatmeal Craisin Walnut Rice Krispies Cookies.

Well, you can tell I’m not sure what to call this one. Breakfast cookies is so easy to remember, but Oatmeal Craisin Walnut Rice Krispies cookies makes it easy to remember on what’s in the cookies. Regardless, these are very good! Goodness, I can munch on these for days and you won’t hear any complaints from me. Nope, not this cookie lover right here!

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