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Apple Butter with Sage & Smoked Cheddar Biscuits

Apple Butter with Sage & Smoked Cheddar Biscuits

Delicately flaky, tall, and full of melted smoked cheddar cheese and thinly sliced sage. Perfect for a Fall Breakfast to go along with this easy Apple Butter recipe.

Apple Butter
3 pounds apple, mix of sweet and tart apples, peeled, cored, chopped
3 cups apple cider
1 cup granulated sugar
3 three-inch cinnamon stick
8 whole cloves
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Bring apples, cider, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt to a boil in a large wide pot. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated and apples are very soft, about 2 hours. Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Blend with an immersion blend or place in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. Place in four one-cup jelly jars and refrigerate or freeze.

 

Sage & Smoked Cheddar Biscuits
4 cups White Lily flour, plus more for cutting 
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 cups grated smoked cheddar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
¾  cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 ½  cups buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 450˚F. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add cheddar and sage and whisk to combine. Add butter and cut into the flour with butter with a pastry cutter until the mixture is the texture of coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces butter remaining. Add buttermilk and with a wooden spoon stir until just combined.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead just until it comes together.  Gently pat unto a large round. With a floured rolling pin, roll dough to a 3/4-inch thickness. With a floured 3-inch round biscuit cutter, cut out  the biscuits. Cut until you have 12 biscuits by rerolling and cut scraps. Place biscuits on a baking sheet, 1 ½ inches apart, and bake until puffed and golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature with the Apple Butter.

Strawberry and Cream Scones

Strawberry and Cream Scones

We’re celebrating National Strawberry and Cream day with a delicious option – classic scones with a perfectly crunchy exterior, soft, sweet fruit-filled interior, topping with a fresh cream icing.

 

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½  teaspoon salt
1/3  cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
½  cup heavy whipping cream, plus more for the top of the scones
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup chopped strawberries
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

 

For the glaze:
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
½  teaspoon vanilla bean extract

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.

 

Add to a food processor the flour, baking powder, salt, and granulated sugar. Pulse several times to break up any clumps and combine the ingredients. Add in the cubed cold butter and pulse until you have small pea sized crumbs. Pour to a large bowl and set aside.

 

In a small bowl, whisk together the heavy whipping cream, egg, and vanilla extract until combined. Pour the egg mixture over the flour/butter crumbs and gently mix with a wooden spoon until the dough just starts to come together. Add in the chopped strawberries and gently fold them into the mixture. With your hands, work the dough into a ball shape in the bowl.

 

Cut the dough ball  into eight pieces, then form each piece into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Gently  Flatten the ball of dough slightly and leave 2” between each one. Brush the tops of each dough ball with a little bit of heavy whipping cream and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

 

Bake at 400°F for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

 

To make the glaze:

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract together until well combined and no lumps remain. If the glaze is too thick, add the extra milk or if the glaze is too thin, add a little extra powdered sugar and whisk until it has reached a thick, smooth consistency.

 

Drizzle the glaze over the 8 scones and allow to sit until set. Makes 8 scones.

Toasted Coconut & Pecan Streusel Banana Bread With Brown Butter Icing

Toasted Coconut & Pecan Streusel Banana Bread With Brown Butter Icing

There must be a million banana bread recipes. Almost everyone has a most-loved version, whether it’s passed down in the family or a preferred interpretation. But we think our southern-style recipe might be your new favorite. Our quick bread not only features a delicious banana flavor with a soft cake-like interior, but a streusel topping loaded with toasted coconut and pecans. Then to push it over the top, we added a yummy brown butter icing.

INGREDIENTS
Banana Bread Base
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan, plus ¼ cup melted unsalted butter, divided
1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
4 medium very ripe peeled bananas
¼ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs, at room temperature
½ cup chopped toasted pecans

Coconut & Pecan Streusel Topping
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup sweetened, toasted, flaked coconut
1 cup toasted whole pecans,

Brown Butter Icing
¼  cup butter
½  cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons whole milk

INSTRUCTIONS
Banana Bread Base
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9×5″ loaf pan then line it with a piece of parchment paper that overlaps on the long sides of the pan. Butter the parchment paper then dust with flour. Remove any excess flour by tapping the pan upside down over the sink.

In a medium bowl, mash the bananas until smooth then combine with sour cream and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In the work bowl of an electric stand mixer or hand mixer, beat ½ cup butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 ½ minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and beat on medium speed after each egg until thoroughly combined. Add banana mixture and beat until just combined about 30 seconds. Add dry ingredients in 2 batches, beating on low after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl until fully incorporated. Using a spatula, fold in the pecans. Add the batter to prepared pan and smooth top with a spatula.

Coconut & Pecan Streusel Topping
Stir together melted butter, granulated sugar, firmly packed brown sugar, flour and vanilla extract, when combined add in the toasted coconut and whole toasted pecans. Crumble over the top of the banana bread, pressing in very lightly.

Bake, rotating halfway through until batter is set and a tester inserted into the center of bread comes out clean, about 60 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack at least 15 minutes, run a knife around the bread to loosen it, then using the parchment paper overlaps gently pull the bread out of the pan. Transfer to a cutting board and gently remove the bottom parchment. Cool completely.

Brown Butter GlazeTo make the glaze, add the butter to a saucepan and frequently stir over medium heat until it starts to foam. When the foaming ends, stop stirring, and let it continue to cook until amber brown. Remove from heat, and stir in powdered sugar and then the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, to make the glaze your desired consistency. Drizzle over cooled banana bread and slice with a serrated knife to serve. Make 12-14 servings.

Orange & Currant Irish Scones

Orange & Currant Irish Scones

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with these light and airy Irish scones. Our tender, flaky scone recipe is all about the Irish sweet butter, dried currants, tangy buttermilk, and a finish of sugared orange zest. For the best flavor, serve scones right out of the oven. So on the Saturday morning of March 17 after your scones have risen and turned to a delicious shade of golden brown, let them cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before serving with butter or clotted cream and orange marmalade.

Clotted Cream is an amazingly delicious, very thick cream made with cow’s milk and available for purchase at Whole Foods or specialty grocery stores. Kerrygold is an Irish butter available at most grocery stores.

INGREDIENTS
3 cups plus 2 tablespoons white flour, preferably White Lily
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup sugar
½ cup cold Irish butter, preferably Kerrygold, cut into small pieces
½ cup Currants
1 cup cold buttermilk
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cream

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar into a large, wide mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal with pea-size pieces of butter mixed in.

Stir in the currents then add the buttermilk. Mix the dough by hand until just combined, being careful not to overwork the dough. Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface, dust your hands with flour and gently knead until the dough just forms a rough ball. Be careful to not over-knead. Cut the dough into twelve even pieces and gently form each into a round shape. Place on the parchment lined sheet tray arranging the dough balls no less than one inch apart.

Combine the orange zest and the sugar. Lightly brush the tops with cream and sprinkle with the orange sugar mixture pressing it gently into the cream. Bake for 25 minutes, rotating the pan once. Remove from the oven and cool about 10 minutes. Serve warm with Orange Marmalade and Clotted Cream. Make 12 scones.

Sour Cream and Cardamom Quick Bread with Walnut Streusel

Sour Cream and Cardamom Quick Bread with Walnut Streusel

Perfect for a spring breakfast, brunch, or dessert, our Sour Cream and Cardamom Quick Bread is swirled inside and topped with a delicious Walnut Streusel. Moist and delicious, you can also bake the bread in cute mini loaf pans to give as gifts.

Remember to avoid over mixing the batter; combine until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Be sure to bake in the center of a preheated oven and test for doneness by inserting a wooden pick into the center of the loaf. This quick bread freezes well, so you can bake ahead and wrap tightly in foil before freezing.

INGREDIENTS
For the Cake
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for the loaf pan
¾ cup sugar
1 large egg, plus 1 egg yolk, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¾ cup sour cream
1¼ cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cardamom
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For the Streusel
¼ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
¾ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

For the Icing
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon egg white powder
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup milk

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8″x4″ loaf pan with softened butter. Then line the bottom and 8″ sides with one long piece of parchment paper. Be sure to have the paper long enough to hanging over the edges to help remove the loaf from the pan. Grease the parchment then flour the inside of the pan.

Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and all the sugar has dissolved into the butter. Add the egg and egg yolk, one at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cardamom, baking soda, and salt. Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture to the batter, mixing until just combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir the batter once or twice with a spatula to assure all ingredients are combined.

To make the cardamom streusel, in another bowl, add the brown sugar, flour, cardamom, salt, and butter. Using your fingers, cut in the butter until it forms a crumble. Insert the walnuts and combine.

Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with an offset spatula. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it evenly again, and add the remaining streusel on top. Place in the oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

Let cool on a wire rack for at 10 minutes. Run a knife around the sides without parchment and using the excess parchment, carefully lift the cake out. Remove all the parchment paper and cool completely on a rack. Whisk the confectioners’ sugar and egg white powder. Add the vanilla and milk together, then whisk in the sugar/ egg white powder to make a thick icing. Using a fork, drizzle over the loaf. Let the icing set and serve.

St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast – Easy Irish Oatmeal

St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast – Easy Irish Oatmeal

Steel-cut Irish Oatmeal is completely different than regular rolled oats. These oats are chewier and have a delicious nutty texture. In most cases, they take longer to cook, so to speed things up in this easy recipe; you soak the oats before cooking. Soaked steel cut oats not only cook faster, but they are also healthier for you. Overnight soaking in yogurt or lemon juice at room temperatures helps the vitamins and minerals from the oatmeal absorb into your body. However, we all know oatmeal is all about the toppings, so be sure to use fresh butter, cream, fruit, and toasted nuts.

INGREDIENTS
1 cup steel cut Irish Oatmeal
1 tablespoon of yogurt or fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Toppings
Butter
Cream
Fresh or dried fruit
Toasted nuts
White or brown sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
In a glass bowl, add 3 cups of warm water, the oatmeal, and yogurt or lemon juice. Stir to combine, cover and rest overnight, at least 7-8 hours. When ready to prepare, strain and rinse the oats.

In a saucepan, heat 1 cup of water and the salt on medium high to a boil. Add the soaked oatmeal to the saucepan, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until hot and creamy, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Serve warm oatmeal in bowls with fresh butter, cream, fruit and toasted nuts.