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Blueberry Lemon Scones

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This Blueberry Scones recipe is all over Pinterest, with the original recipe linking back to Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa). Ina used dried Strawberries, but that didn’t sound too appealing to me. The recipe I found uses blueberries and orange zest, but I thought it would taste even better with lemon zest. And it is really delectable. No low fat here – but it is Friday and time to plan a weekend brunch… Or just an indulgent breakfast. These Blueberry Lemon Scones are to die for. Enjoy!

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Blueberry Lemon Scones

What you need (for 8 scones):

  • 2 cups of all purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon Zest
  • 1 Stick/8 tbsp., or 1/2 Cold Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream (or Half & Half or Whole Milk)
  • 1 cup of Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Blueberry Lemon Scone

Blueberry Lemon Scone

What to do:

  1. In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and lemon zestIngredients
  2. Grate or crumble butter finely – and mix in with flour mixtureGrated Butter
  3. Whisk egg and cream – then add to bowl. Combine all ingredients until kind of lumpy, but sticking togetherAdd Cream
  4. Add blueberries. Try to incorporate into dough with mashing the blueberries : )
  5. Transfer dough to floured to a lined cookie sheet – and shape in to an inch thick circle. Cut across middle one time, then another time etc. until you have 8 trianglesScones
  6. Brush scones with cream or milk and sprinkle some sugar on top
  7. Place triangles an inch apart on cookie sheetScones
  8. Bake at 400 F for about 20-25 minutes – until golden brown. Start checking a minute or two before 20 minutes (my oven is HOT)
Blueberry Lemon Scone

Blueberry Lemon Scone

Dig in! I know people like to serve scones with butter and jam etc., but considering the amount of butter (and cream) in these, and blueberries – I would suggest eating them as they are. Believe me – these Blueberry Lemon Scones are delicious by themselves. Yum! Serve with some tea or coffee.

Happy Weekend!

Annika

 

 

 

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Oatmeal Bread – In One Hour

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If you know me, you will often here me say how much I miss the bread in Sweden. My favorite varieties have oats in them – which makes the bread more moist (and healthy…). So, instead of complaining I’m trying to come up with recipes for some Oatmeal Breads. Here is one version that I made this afternoon. Tasty, if I do say so myself. And only an hour away.

Oatmeal Bread – In One Hour

Oatmeal Bread

Oatmeal Bread

What you need (for 2 loaves):

  • 4 cups of Flour (I used Organic All Purpose Flour/White Flour)
  • I cup of Rolled Oats
  • 2-4 tbsp. Ground Flax Seeds (mine has dried berries in the mix, as you can tell in the pictures)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Instant Yeast /Bread Machine Yeast
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1-2 tbsp. of Honey or Sugar (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. of Vegetable Oil (I used Canola)
  • 1/2 cup of Milk (substitute for non dairy if you like)
  • 1 1/2 cups of Warm Water

 

Oatmeal Bread

Oatmeal Bread

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (you could wait – but I just would hate for you to forget!)
  2. In microwavable bowl add Oats and Milk – cook in microwave for 90 seconds
  3. In large bowl – add and mix dry ingredients (flour, yeast, salt, flax seeds, sugar)
  4. Add oat/milk mixture – stir
  5. Add oil and warm water. If the dough is watery/porridgy – add a little more flour.
  6. Mix/stir/knead until the ingredients are combined to a nice sticky ball of dough.
  7. Cover bowl with clean kitchen towel – let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  8. Cut dough ball in half – form two loaves (put some flour on your hands if needed) – and place on lined cookie sheet.
  9. Cover with kitchen towel – let rise for about 20 minutes (should just about double in size)
  10. Make a couple of 1 inch deep cuts in each loaf – then bake bread for about 25 minutes – at 350 F, until golden brown.
  11. Let cool on wire rack.

    Oatmeal Bread

    Oatmeal Bread

  12. In about 5 minutes (if you are as impatient as me) – slice yourself a delicious slice of homemade Oatmeal Bread. All you need is butter, but please go ahead and add a good quality jam/jelly or some cheese ( I love creamy Havarti) if you like.

I was really happy with the result! What do you think?

Also – I used mostly organic ingredients – so I’m happy about that too : ) And the price. A loaf of good organic bread can cost up to $5.00 (or more sometimes) – and here I spent maybe $1.00 (if that). A really good deal all around.

That’s enough of my babble. Now, go enjoy your homemade bread.

Oatmeal Bread

Oatmeal Bread

Bon Appetite!

Annika

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Minute Rolls

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Europeans love their fresh baked bread in the mornings. In Denmark, where my family is from, there’s practically a Bakery on every corner. So, in the wee early hours of the morning you can go pick up some fresh bread or pastries. But if you don’t have a bakery around the corner – fear not!  On this Sunday (or any day) morning you can have some homemade rolls in about 30 minutes.

30 Minute Rolls

30 Minute Rolls - With Ground Flax Seeds

30 Minute Rolls – With Ground Flax Seeds

What you need:

  • 5 1/4 cups of All Purpose or Bread Flour (preferably Organic)
  • 4 tbps. Ground Flax Seeds (to add some fiber and Omegas)
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Instant or Bread Machine Yeast
  • 2 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp. of Honey
  • 2 cups of Warm Water
30 Minute Rolls - Rising

30 Minute Rolls – Rising

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Mix dry ingredients (flour, ground flax seeds, salt, instant yeast) in large bowl
  3. Add warm water, oil, and honey
  4. Mix/combine & knead ingredients until it forms a smooth (somewhat sticky) ball of dough
  5. Cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let dough rest for 10 minutes
  6. Make 12-16 balls and place on lined cookie sheet. Prick the rolls with a fork.  Let rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Bake at 400 F for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  8. Let cool on wire rack.
30 Minute Rolls

30 Minute Rolls

So there you have it – fresh homemade delicious healthy rolls in about 30 minutes! Please enjoy with some butter and perhaps some homemade jam, and a nice cup of coffee or tea (or several).

Happy Sunday Morning!

P.S. If you have a small household – please freeze half the batch, as these taste best the first couple of days (no nasty preservatives in these goodies).

Enjoy! Let me know what you think, and let me know your versions!

Annika

 

 

 

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Homemade Bread in One Hour – Only 5 Ingredients! No Breadmachine Necessary

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Bread - 5 IngredientsBread RisingFresh Baked BreadDo you have an hour to spare? And some flour, bread(or instant) yeast, salt, sugar(or honey), and oil (some kind of vegetable oil)? Then you are all set to bake your own delicious bread!

All you need is some measuring cups and spoons, a bowl, and perhaps a wooden spoon. If you have a bread machine – that’s great, but I don’t. If you are doing all the baking by hand, you are only adding a tiny bit of muscle and a couple of minutes to the recipe : ) You can do this!

So – without taking up anymore of your valuable time, here is the recipe:

One Hour, Easy, Delicious Homemade Bread (Makes 2 Loaves)

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/4 flour (all purpose works fine)
  • 2 – 4 tbsp sugar (or some honey)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (teaspoon not tablespoon!)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Bread/Instant Dry Yeast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups of warm (lukewarm) water

Directions:

  1. Mix dry ingredients (i.e. flour, sugar, yeast, and salt). Add water and oil to flour mixture.
  2. Mix together with a wooden spoon and then get your hands dirty (after you washed them hopefully) and kneed the dough into a ball. A rather sticky ball. At this point divide the ball in two and form into two loaves. Place loaves on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper (or greased with oil). Dust the loaves with some flour and cover with clean kitchen towel.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit
  4. Let the loaves rest/rise for about 25 minutes (most of the rising happens in the oven).
  5. Before putting the bread in the oven, cut a few slits on top of the loaves (see picture).
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown. My mom says if you knock on the bread and it sounds hollow – it means the bread is fully baked. Tack Mamma!
  7. Let cool on a rack (otherwise there will be a build up of moisture under the bread).
  8. Enjoy with some butter!!!!

You have now baked your very own bread! Easy, right? Congratulations. Hope you like it.

Annika

Several versions of this recipe is on Pinterest – so I can’t credit one exact source, but one source listed was La Fuji Mama.

 

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