Chocolate Chip Muffins

Recently, we spent a delightful weekend in Charleston, SC.  Charleston is a great food town with lots of various eateries to try.  One of our friends recommended the Fat Hen on St. John’s Island for brunch.  After a fun evening celebrating at a wedding and a late Sunday morning start, the idea of coffee and brunch was just what we needed.  When we arrived at the Fat Hen, we were asked if we would like to start with their bakery basket.  Well, of course, we were definitely interested.  The bakery item of the day was chocolate chip muffins.  What a wonderful way to start brunch with a great cup of coffee.  I decided it was time to bake some chocolate chip muffins.  Time to brew some coffee!

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Orange Twist Rolls

These yeast rolls are not your everyday rolls, these are the rolls to bake when you have a special occasion, brunch, or luncheon.  They are over the top delicious with the orange filling and orange glaze.  If you want a show stopper recipe, Orange Twist Rolls are just what you are looking for.  Serve these for breakfast or brunch, it will be hard to eat only one!

orange twist rolls

 

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Two Quick Breads

Both of these recipes are quick to prepare and are great gifts, office treats, weekend breakfast goodies, afternoon tea accompaniment, after school snack, …..

I could go on and on – let’s just say, they are terrific for any occasion.

two quick breads

 

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Baked Doughnuts

Every once in awhile it is fun to make something unexpected.  Baked Doughnuts are the perfect thing to make when you want to experiment in the kitchen and serve an unexpected delight.  I want to think these are a bit healthier than traditional fried doughnuts since these are baked.   So, when you want to make something special, these are the perfect treat!

baked doughnuts

 

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Berry Scones

I remember years ago the small bakery in England where we had scones during afternoon tea.  After that day, I became a huge fan of scones.  I had some fresh blueberries in the refrigerator, dried cranberries and cherries in the pantry.  A cool winter afternoon and I thought what a great day for scones.  My house smells delightful and I am ready to bring out the tea pot. 

berry scones

 

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Orange Date Crumble Cake

Put the coffee pot on!  This cake is just perfect to serve for breakfast or brunch.  The brown sugar crumble tops a moist orange cake studded with dates.  Just too good to pass up.  Time to sit, relax and enjoy this wonderful cake with friends and family.

As a side note – I sent this crumble cake to my husband’s office – First comments on the coffee cake, “These are ridiculous!” and “Best coffee cake – ever!”

orange date crumble cake

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Piadina

The recent snowfall gave me the opportunity to go though my recipe collection.   Here is one that you must try. Piadina is a thin Italian flat bread or sometimes referred to as a griddle flat bread.  They are typically filled with a variety of cheeses, cold cuts and vegetables, but also with sweet fillings such as jam or Nutella.  They are quick and easy to make, I make the dough in my food processor and the dough is done in a flash. After you make the dough, you simply divide the dough in 5 pieces, roll them into thin circles and quickly cook them.  Absolutely delicious served warm. 

dough 1.   dough 2

             Roll dough into circles                              Cook in large hot skillet or griddle

piadina

 

piadina sandwich  

    Delicious served with meat and cheeses. (also fantastic with Nutella)

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Pecan Muffins with Orange Honey Cream Cheese

Recipe #2 – Spartan Oil  #EVOOChallenge

Why olive oil?  I know we have all heard the benefits of using olive oil in recipes.  I did a bit of research and found this interesting article; http://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-health-benefits.  After you read this article, I think we will all rethink the oils we use when we cook.  Take a look, very interesting.

On to my second challenge recipe.  Ever thought of replacing butter with olive oil?  That is exactly what I did with my muffin recipe, this recipe has always been good with butter, but I must say, delicious when using olive oil.  The oil makes these muffins very moist and delicious.  I baked these in miniature muffin tins and then flipped them over when I removed them from the pans.  I like the look of the flat tops.  Top with a dollop of Orange Honey Cream Cheese, it is hard to eat just one!

Pecan Muffins with Orange Honey Cream Cheese

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

 

We were out of town over the holidays and when we returned I had a nice bunch of over ripe bananas looking at me.  I just cannot bring myself to throwing those gems away – so, out came my banana bread recipe.  This one is delicious with the addition of chocolate chips and pecans.  A great way to start the new year.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread 

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