A friend of mine is visiting the area for a couple weeks, so yesterday we thought it would be fun to get out of Boston for a bit and head down to Providence. We ended up going to The Duck and Bunny, which is the worlds most adorable cafe. They call themselves “A snuggery” because it’s such a cozy place. We had fancy snacks like bacon wrapped dates, a ricotta spread, and Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea consisted of a sampling of finger sandwiches, scones, cupcakes, and of course tea. It was delightful. You should all go to this place.
I have since been craving nothing but scones, and decided to revisit my favorite scone recipe from Joy of Baking and play around with it a bit. I had all those leftover mini-chocolate chips, so of course I used them. And I wanted to make one of my favorite flavor combos: orange and chocolate. And I wanted to put an orange glaze on them because being a baker at Panera ruined me forever and I now feel like scones must always have a glaze.
Now I think I might have some tea and get caught up on Downton Abbey!
Chocolate and orange are combined in this light, fluffy, delicate scone.
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
1¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter, cold and cut into little pieces
¾ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
⅔ cup milk (more if necessary)
For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar
½ tsp orange zest
2-3 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
Preheat oven to 400, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Blend small pieces of butter into the mixture (with a pastry blender, two knives, or crumbling in your hands) until it resembles crumbs.
Stir in chocolate chips and orange zest. Add vanilla and milk, and stir until dough comes together. You may need to add more milk or flour.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead a few times, then shape dough into a circle about 1½" thick. Divide into 8 triangles, and arrange them on the baking sheet. Lightly brush with milk.
Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let cool slightly, and while still warm spread glaze over the top so it can melt into the scones. Let cool until glaze hardens.
To make the glaze:
Whisk together confectioners sugar, zest, and orange juice (adding more if necessary) until it's pourable but not overly runny.
Is the title confusing? I don’t know how else to describe these! Any ideas, let me know! I thought I would try these out after seeing a picture on Pinterest of a piece of apple being rolled up in a crescent roll. It seemed like an easy enough thing to do, so why not try it out? For mine I added a bit of sharp cheddar cheese because I had some left over from my fancy Cheesy Rice recipe and because my dad claims that apple pie is best with cheese. So again, why not?
It’s easy enough. I didn’t really measure things like cinnamon. Just a light dusting I suppose? My dad is Diabetic, so I didn’t add any sugar to these and they were still quite tasty, but I do think they would have been a tad better with extra sweetness, so go ahead an add a dash of sugar too if you want.
I only used a small bit of sharp cheddar cheese because I was unsure of it. The result? Next time I’ll definitely use more!
Then I just put the apple on top and rolled it up!
That’s right. Donut muffins. Are the donuts in the shape of muffins, or are they muffins that taste like donuts? You know what, it doesn’t even matter. I’m just glad I found this recipe. In the past I have tried various donut recipes. One was for baked donuts, which ended up tasting and having the texture of bagels. Another was for deep fried donuts, which were quite delicious but still a little off-putting when you realize how much oil you’re eating later on. And then I found these.
These are fantastic. They are cakey donuts, like a plain donut, except they have flavor and are baked instead of fried. I didn’t mess with the recipe this time, but I’m getting ideas already for different flavors I can make with this. It’s incredibly easy, and only makes 12 donuts so I wasn’t feeling overwhelmed and thinking “oh crap, now I have to eat ALL of these?” like I did last time when I made a batch of about 30. At least both times I had roommates to help
I won’t go into a whole spiel about how I created these and what was going through my mind, because I didn’t create the recipe and all I was thinking was how it’s a cold night and I wanted to bake something to make the house warm. Mission accomplished.