bread & muffins

To me, the holidays don’t start until you have a box of clementines in your fridge.  But if you’re also like me, after the 30th clementine, you’re getting over them.  So I was happy to find a recipe for clementine yogurt muffins from Stonyfield’s Web site.  I originally linked to the recipe, but realized the link wasn’t working so here’s the recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup Stonyfield Farm plain yogurt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 large egg
1 tbs. grated clementine peel
1 cup diced clementine

In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt, melted butter, egg, grated clementine peel, and diced clementine. Pour clementine mixture into flour mixture and stir just until combined. Spoon the batter into a greased muffin tins, filling two-thirds full. Bake in 400°F. oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

And I know I said I wouldn’t post until January 5th, but I didn’t think I should hold back on this recipe…especially since some of you may be like me with clementines.

Anyway, I followed as instructed…except I just threw everything into my bowl and mixed.  Also, I put in about 2 TBSP of zest and 4 chopped clementines (a little more than 1 cup).  I found I had a lot of dough, but put in equal amounts in all 12 tins.  Thankfully, it worked and the tins didn’t overflow. 

Clementine Yogurt Muffin Dough

Then I baked as directed.

Clementine Yogurt Muffins  Clementine Yogurt Muffins  Clementine Yogurt Muffins  Clementine Yogurt Muffins

Once they cooled, they were delicate and had a pleasant orange flavor.  I liked the small chunks of clementines and even better — I liked I used up the last of my clementines!  I thought it was a good recipe.

OK, back to my blog-cation…

As you can probably guess, I did a little surfing on King Arthur’s Web site.  Anyway, I found this very interesting recipe for cheddar and black pepper scones

When making any scones, DON’TOVER MIX.  If you follow that code, you’re going to find yourself with savory and awesome scones.  The black pepper gives it a little kick while the cheddar gives it a sharp taste. 

Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone Dough  Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone  Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone  Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone

Seriously delicious!

If you’re like me, when I hear “schmear” I think of cream cheese, but apparently, it really means things that go together.

Whatever you want to call it, I thought King Arthur’s recipe for cinnamon schmear scones was awesome.

I didn’t have their cinnamon mixture, but I made my own.  I combined 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2-3/4 sugar. 

When you start to mold the dough (after just mixing it so all the ingredients combine), this is a great time to add the cinnamon sugar mixture.  What I did was I’d sprinkle it on, then fold the dough and sprinkle more mixture.  I did this 3 times. 

Cinnamon Schmear Scone Dough  Cinnamon Schmear Scone Dough  Cinnamon Schmear Scone Dough

Then when I divided the dough, I made sure to use the excess mixture to put no the sides.  You could see the three layers.  But as you can probably see from the end result photos, I did over-bake them a little bit.  Bummer, but they still taste pretty good!

Cinnamon Schmear Scone  Cinnamon Schmear Scone

And yes, King Arthur’s recipe is way better than this one.

I can only eat so many eggs and cereal so I have continued to try to find and make low fat versions of delicious breakfast ideas.

Using this recipe as the base, I only modified it a little.  Instead of 4 TBSP of butter, I used 2 TBSP of butter and 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce.  It was a little sticky, but it was good and low fat. 

It was also so easy to heat up in the morning for breakfast. 

Low fat Blueberry Cake  Low fat Blueberry Cake  Low fat Blueberry Cake

When my mom was in college, she mentioned she had two roommates and one of them worked at a candy store.  This roommate always brought home tons of chocolate and candy from the store.  The other one had a mom who baked a lot — especially kolaches.

So anyway, now that you know a little bit about my mom’s college roommates, here’s the recipe for bread machine kolaches

In most of the kolaches, I put raspberry jam and baked as instructed.  In the others, I baked them without any filling.   When they came out of the oven, I put in Nutella.

Bread Machine Kolaches  Bread Machine Kolaches

I don’t know what kolaches are supposed to taste like, but these taste like a standard bread roll with jelly on top.  Is that right?  I have to think no…

[Mom WhereInDC was shipped these kolaches and concurred.  Then she said she hated the roommate’s mom’s kolaches.  Oh well…]

Penzy’s spices. Love them.  While they are expensive, their spices are such high quality that you can’t go wrong.

So I thought I’d try to make their recipe for pumpkin spice bars.  They were incredibly moist and flavorful.  They were also very delicate so make sure you spray your pan well with non-stick spray! 

Penzy’s Pumpkin Spice Bars  Penzy’s Pumpkin Spice Bars  Penzy’s Pumpkin Spice Bars

But seriously good!

I thought this was an OK recipe for cinnamon swirl bread.  What I liked was the fact it was using the bread machine for the dough.

As always with a bread machine recipe though, make sure to check your dough 5 minutes after it starts mixing.  You want to make sure that the dough isn’t too wet or too dry and everything is mixing well together.

Since I don’t have a loaf pan, I used my french loaf pan for the two loaves.  I think it worked out just fine, but the regular loaf pan would have made them prettier. 

It did remind me of making cinnamon rolls when I put the butter on the rolled out dough and then sprinkled the cinnamon and sugar mixture.  The only difference was that when I was done rolling into a log, I didn’t cut into 12 rolls.

Here are my step-by-step photos:

Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs

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