Maple Walnut Scones

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: April 26, 2012
Yield: 5-6 servings
Time needed: 25 minutes

 This is simple enough and quick enough to make for breakfast.  Of course, it is in the “Spring” section of the cookbook.

Maple Walnut Scones

Maple Walnut Scones
3 ½ cups (875) ml. flour
1 cup (250 mL) walnuts or other nuts, finely chopped
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup (150 mL) chilled butter
1 cup (250 mL) milk
½ cup (125 mL) maple syrup

Preheat oven to 425oF (220oC)
Grease a baking pan.
Combine flour, nuts, baking powder and salt.
Add the butter, cutting it in until the mix is crumbly.
Quickly stir in milk and syrup.
Work mix into a soft dough.
Turn it out onto a board. Knead gently 5-6 times.
Roll out into a circle about ½” (1 cm.) thick and 7” (18 cm) across.
Cut into 10-12 wedges and place on baking pan.
Bake 15-18 minutes until golden.  Serve immediately.

Yorkshire Pudding

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: May 1, 2015
Yield: 1 8” x 8” pan or a dozen muffin tin size (6 servings)
Time needed: 2 hours chilling time + 1/2 hour in the oven

Would you believe it is the first time I ever made Yorkshire pudding myself? I can understand why they are so popular. I used the muffin tin technique for baking and they came out quite well.  Loved them!

Yorkshire Pudding with Beef Steak

Yorkshire Pudding with Beef Steak

Yorkshire Pudding
1 cup sifted whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 cup hot beef drippings (or melted butter, if you have no drippings)

Combine flour and salt in a medium bowl.
Beat eggs and milk together.
Slowly add liquid to the flour mix, beating until the batter is smooth.
Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.

When ready to bake:
Preheat oven to 425oF (400oF if using muffin tins)
Heat beef drippings in a shallow 8” x 8” pan or divide hot beef drippings among 12 muffin tins.
Pour cold batter into pan. Or fill each muffin tin half-full.
Bake 25-30 minutes.

Suggestion: Serve with salad and onion soup on a chilly night.

Sesame Crisp Crackers

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: July 15, 2013
Yield: 3-4 dozen
Time needed: 20 minutes

I do about as well with crackers as I do with pastry, which is not well at all.  However, the method for these is quite simple and quick.  Though I do hate recipes that say “bake until crisp and golden” without giving you any idea of how long that will take.  I guessed at ten minutes, and found 12 minutes did the trick.

I don’t have any cookie cutters, so these are not pretty:  just basic squares.  But they are tasty morsels.

Sesame Crisp Crackers

Sesame Crisp Crackers

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Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: August 9/16
Yield: 2 dozen
Time needed: 45 minutes

These are one of the staff-created variations on the basic muffin recipe used by Alternative Grounds, a popular fair-trade coffee roasters in Toronto. Sadly they no longer operate the restaurant where these muffins were served each morning, but the coffee is still available at various local outlets.

This is a very good muffin, moist and tasty. Good call, Elisha!

Elisha's Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Master Baking Mix

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: January 13, 2013
Yield: 4 or 8 lbs
Time needed: 5-10 minutes

Creating one’s own baking mix is very economical, saving both time and money. In a jiffyy one can put together pancakes, coffeecakes, cornbreads, muffins, cakes and cupcakes without purchasing each mix individually.  Just add liquid and eggs and any special ingredients (chocolate, nuts, fruits, etc.) called for in the recipe.  Small amounts of mix can be kept in a tightly-covered container in the cupboard and larger amounts in the freezer.

Master Baking Mix

Master Baking Mix

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Creamy Soup

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: May 21, 2016
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

Like many soup recipes, this is basically a recipe for white sauce to which one adds a choice of ingredients. Today for the vegetables, I added mostly celery along with some onion and broccoli for a “cream of celery soup”. From the optional ingredients I added celery seed, salmon and a garnish of grated cheese. You may add any combination of fresh, frozen or leftover vegetables such as corn, potatoes, carrots, green beans, peas or celery, or whatever you need to use up. And don’t feel limited to the listed options either.

Creamy Soup

Creamy Soup

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