Blood Red Orange Dark Chocolate Scones

I’m on a bit of a kick these days … a deep – intense –  flavour kick.

I’ve been in the mood for food with not just great textures, but goodies and delectable that look as appealing as they taste and when it comes to taste … I want it to be through the roof.

If I’m going spicy – I want to feel the heat!

If I’m yearning for something sweet – bring on the sugar!

Pizza? – I want it extra saucy and good quality cheese.

Doughnuts? – Chocolaty and crazy amounts of sprinkles … or jam-packed with jelly.

Oatmeal? – Extra cinnamon

Coffee? – Dark Roast Please.

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I guess it’s not a kick … I guess it’s life.

If I’m going to eat, I might as well eat good food and fall in love with the experience.

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Hence Dark chocolate and blood red oranges; Bonjour Belle

YES … let it happen.

Let the sweetness of this stunning fruit play with the emotions of the dark chocolate. Let the two romance each other – have a little alone time

… and taadaaa beautiful Blood Red Orange, Dark Chocolate Scone babies are born.

Don’t kid yourself, your food gets frisky too.

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Blood Red Orange, Dark Chocolate Scones

Fresh Zest and Juice of 2 Blood Red Oranges

1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 Cups Flour

1 Tsp Baking  Powder

1/4 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Egg

1/2 Tbsp Vanilla  Extract

1/2 Cup Cold Butter

1 100g Dark Chocolate Bar – coarsely chopped ( the bigger the chunks, the better ;) )

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare a large baking sheet, by spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside until ready to bake

In a medium-sized bowl, mix sugar and blood-red orange zest.

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In a large bowl, sift together all of your dry ingredients (Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda & Sea Salt). Toss in your orange-sugar.

In a separate bowl, mix together sour cream, egg, vanilla extract and orange juice.

Next, using a box greater ( or you can use 2 forks, or a pastry cutter) grate cold butter into your dry ingredients. Note: the colder the butter, the better!! 

Mix together the dry ingredients and the butter. Next, toss in the chopped chocolate.

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Add your liquid mixture to your dry. Mix until well combined.

On a well floured surface, form a 1 inch round disk. Cut your dough into half – then quarters – then eighths ( or you could form round scones, by using a biscuit cutter :) )

Bake 25 minuets.

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I say, put up a pot of dark roast to percolate – we’re just about ready for the weekend!!

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Bread

Hola my fine-looking friends in magical internet world, how you doin’ ??

Did you have a good weekend?

Are you as sad as I am that Friday night takes sooo long to get here, and Monday morning arrives lickity split?!?

Do you do anything special to add a little glitter to your Mondays?

An extra large coffee?

A doughnut?

An extra snazzy outfit?

Special shoes?

Special work arrangements?

Sweet notes in lunch boxes?

Are you a little weirded out that I’m questioning the bejeebers out of you???

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I made you bread.

With lots of butter on it, and it’s equally crunchy while being soft and pillow like.

And it’s easy.

And cinnamony.

And like Mama LTSL says, bread fixes everything.

Also,I ate it on a unicorn plate!!

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Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Loaf

5 1/2 cups Flour

2 Tbsp Quick Rising Yeast

1 Tbsp Honey

1/4 Cup Warm Water

2 Tsp Sea Salt

1/4 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tbsp Cinnamon Powder

2 1/4 Cups Warm Whole Milk

1/2 Raisins

1 Tbsp Coarse Cornmeal ( for dusting your loaf pan)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare 2  standard bread loaf pans ( each 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches) by either buttering or spraying with nonstick spray. Dust each pan with coarse cornmeal. Set aside until ready to bake.

In a large bowl, combine yeast, honey and warm water. Stir and set aside to sit for 10 minuets ( you want the mixture to get all nice and bubbly).

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In an other large bowl, sift together Flour, Sea Salt, Baking Powder, Cinnamon.

To your yeast mixture, add milk and 1 cup of the mixed dry ingredients. Mix until well combined ( it’s going to be sticky … not to worry).

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Once combined, add the rest of the dry ingredients. Last add raisins.

Separate bread down in two even halves – filling each prepared pan.

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Bake 45 minutes, until golden brown

Allow to cool and then slice and eat on your coolest mary-go-round unicorn plate … or any other plate that fancifies your monday.

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Seriously, slather some butta on a slice and chomp away!!

xo