Double, Double Bake? No Trouble.

Posted on July 28, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Scones didn’t burn

But blondies bubbled

See? I can do Shakespeare no prob 😛 Haha. Anyway, like I said, yesterday was a get ‘er done type of day.

To do:
The Beak of the Finch Letter
Blog
Core Workout
Cut Nails
Check Mail
Plan Dinner
Bake Loaded Vegan Scones
Bake Toffee Almond Blondies
Run
Contests
Start College Checklist
Read Blogs

See how they all have lines through them? Yeah, I’m that good. And yes, I’m totally one of those people who needs to give forethought to simple things like cutting my nails/toe nails, because otherwise I’ll just push it off until god knows when.

One of the easiest things on that list was checking the mail. I was kind of hoping for my order from Naturally Nutty to come in(no luck yet :-(). I did, however, get this from Odwalla:

Coupons And Stickers From Odwalla

Coupons And Stickers From Odwalla

You’ve probably seen Odwalla carrot juice on my blog many many times. Well, the last carton I had was pretty nashtay; it had long carrot skins and a weird fermented taste to it–not good eats. I contacted the company and they were more than generous in reimbursing me. And how did they know I like stickers? Can you say dorm room decoration? After reading some blogs I was starving. Apparently, I need to put Eat on my to-do list from now on or else I’ll forget to do it. Once I remembered, I whipped up this:

Tuna Burger With Banana Pineapple Jam And Honey Hickory BBQ Chips

Tuna Burger With Banana Pineapple Jam And Honey Hickory BBQ Chips

Honestly, I really just wanted the Banana Pineapple Jam, but I figured I needed to eat something real and filling, so I slathered it on a tuna burger for a tropical delight. And we have so many chips around here, it’s basically a casino. I ended up choosing the flavor by which will (almost) finish the bag.

Again, I worked on more list stuff after lunch, and snacked on this:

Clif Dark Chocolate Walnut Bar

Clif Dark Chocolate Walnut Bar

I love these Nectar bars; they’re kind of like Larabars but with more fruit and less nuts. This definitely isn’t my favorite flavor but I was craving something chocolaty. The cocoa powder in this adds great flavor, but combined with the walnut makes it a little dry overall. Still, it’s a good chocolate fix. It’s also loaded with fiber and a smattering of nutrients(such as selenium, where else are you going to get that?).

Finally it came time to preheat that oven and get things acookin’. I love the combination of apricots and white chocolate, and, as I’ve learnt through my amazing peanut butter cookie sandwiches, White Chocolate Wonderful blends amazingly with light cream cheese. So I combined the peanut butter boy’s scone recipe with an apricot cream cheese scone recipe from King Arthur’s website, substituted a lil’ flaxseed because I could, and voila, these were born. I’m just going to call them Loaded Scones because a more descriptive name would get very long very fast.

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

5 tablespoons peanut butter(I used white chocolate wonderful)

5 tablespoons light cream cheese

1/2 cup white sugar(I used 80 grams which is just slightly less)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup dried apricots(80 grams), diced

Cutting In The Peanut Butter And Cream Cheese

Cutting In The Peanut Butter And Cream Cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a measuring cup, stir the flaxseed into the almond milk until gelatenous. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and chopped apricots in a large bowl. Cut in the peanut butter and cream cheese until coarse and crumbly. Slowly incorporate the almond milk mixture and vanilla extract. Move the mixture onto a hard surface and work a few times over. Break into 3 identical pieces and form each into a large circle. Cut each circle into 4 pieces and soften the edges. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.

Loaded Scones

Loaded Scones

I wish I could capture smells, because these made my kitchen smell heavenly. If you’re vegan, simply replace the cream cheese with more peanut butter, or use a substitute like Tofutti. I’m a cream cheesaholic myself. It has to be my favorite cheese, which is a little sad because I don’t think it’s definitively a cheese? Be careful not to overwork the batter, and work quickly. Mine got a little soft and before I knew it, there was dough all over my hands. Still, they were delicious.

My second recipe was what I plan on giving to my new neighbors. These are my absolute favorite brownies/blondies because they’re so delicious and sinful tasting. They’re called Toffee Almond Blondies and are a recipe from Starbucks. You can find the original recipe on my recipe page, but know that for this batch I made some health(ier) substitutions after looking at tponz’s(www.tponz.wordpress.com) fig and almond blondies. I dropped the canola oil from 1/4 cup to 2 tablespoons, and replaced the 1/4 cup applesauce and 3/4 cup brown sugar with 1/2 cup apple butter. All that removed 640 calories from the pan, and you would absolutely never know it. I wasn’t too afraid to make those substitutions, since the star of the blondies is the mix-ins anyway. Even so, the base is just as moist and sweet, and the apple butter gives it more of a toffee color.

Apple Butter, Eggs, Canola Oil, And Almond Extract

Apple Butter, Eggs, Canola Oil, And Almond Extract

Batter With White Chocolate Chips, Heath Morsels, And Slivered Almonds

Batter With White Chocolate Chips, Heath Morsels, And Slivered Almonds

If you do take these on, know that the batter is VERY thick. This is not a mistake and it will bake just fine, but it certainly nerved me.

Fresh Out Of The Oven

Fresh Out Of The Oven

I can’t wait to pass these on to the neighbors and people at work. I’ll admit, I’ve already snuck 6 into the freezer for myself 🙂

After all that cooking, I still had to make dinner for myself and my dad. Can you say “what a drag”? Well I phoned it in worked my brain and decided to grill a frozen pizza since it worked so well last time, and also threw some frozen oven fries on the grill while it was on.

Magharita Pizza And Oven Fries

Magharita Pizza And Oven Fries

Meals like this remind me of two things. 1) An herb garden can make anything taste gourmet. I picked some basil and threw that over the pizza, and cooked some parsley in with the fries–delicious. 2) I’m so american. Seriously, where else would you get pizza and fries? It reminds me of going to a little town house restaurant and getting an order of fries to split with the table no matter what you’re eating.

Finally I brewed up a pot of coffee and sat down with my lil’ addiction:

Toffee Almond Blondie

Toffee Almond Blondie

Can you see the white chocolate chips, almonds, and toffee? I should hide the pan from myself until I figure out how many I’m giving away.

This morning I was a little sore but pounded out a strong 6.7 miles. I’ve been listening to the same playlist for the past 3 days which is full of songs I don’t usually hear. Would people be interested in seeing that? Finally I’ll leave you with a snapshot of breakfast. Today’s a lot less hectic than yesterday luckily, so I’ll see what I can snap pictures of to keep it looking interesting at least.

English Muffin With Mighty Maple & Raspberry Jam, Carrot Juice, VoskosGreek Yogurt, Peaches And Raspberries

English Muffin With Mighty Maple & Raspberry Jam, Carrot Juice, VoskosGreek Yogurt, Peaches And Raspberries

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That was great of odwalla to send the coupons!

yay- a visual of the scones!! i gotta make them soon!

If you do I’d love to hear how they come out. I was pleasantly surprised how well this recipe worked seeing as how it was the first time. My batter was a *tad* too wet and sticky but I used 3/4 of a cup almond breeze so I cut the amount in the recipe down to 2/3

i really want to make them- they will for sure be my next baking adventure haha- minus the apricots though im going to sub something in for them!

Why am I so simple. I went through this and all I craved was mighty maple & raspberry preserves. Good job hittin’ out the to-do list.

Ahh man! I wish my to do list all had lines through them….. :/ haha

That blondie looks…..GOOOOOOOOOOOD! 😀

I can’t function without having a to do list handy! I feel so accomplished when I can mark things off! Your scones look really good, btw! I wish you lived in this area. I would totally come by and eat them for you! Lol!


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