Peach Scones with Vanilla Glaze: soft, tender scones filled with bits of peach and topped with a vanilla glaze. Easy to make and perfect for summer!
Happy Tuesday, Friends. Today I am sharing a first on Sempre Dolce: scones! I love scones, but actually don’t make them very often. Lately I’ve been doing so much baking for the blog that there has been a decrease in baked goodies for breakfast (strangely there has been an increase of cereal and bagel mornings in this house).
These peach scones were slightly adapted from my favorite chocolate chip scone recipe. It’s no news that I’m usually a chocolate girl, but I thought a peachy variation would be perfect for summer.
If you have ever heard people say that making bread is therapeutic, let me just say it’s true (well, only if you give yourself plenty of time, otherwise it’s anything but therapeutic). And I would also venture to say working with dough in general is calming and pleasant. There’s something about turning the dough onto the work surface and gently working with your hands to create something delicious. I don’t know, I think it somehow transports me back to simpler times.
This recipe yields a tender scone that’s moist, but not wet, and features bits of peach throughout. The reviews from my in-house taste testers were positive. (Actually, most of the reviews came through the fact that all but one of said scones were gone in only a matter of hours. Though the verbal reviews were positive as well. ;)
I added a simple glaze on top because somehow it kicks them up another notch (perhaps that’s just a mental thing?) and because a drizzle of glaze makes anything pretty.
An element I considered adding but nixed, was white chocolate. If this idea strikes your fancy, feel free to add some chopped white chocolate. I don’t use white chocolate often – to be honest, it’s not my favorite thing out there – but if memory serves me correctly, my preferred brands of white chocolate are Ghiradelli and Baker’s. If you use Ghiradelli, I recommend using their white chocolate bar, not their chips. The taste of the chips is too strong for me and rather artificial(?). If you decide to add this element, let me know how they turn out!
These peach scones are not difficult at all to make (gosh, I didn’t even peel the peaches) and are truly perfect for Summer.
Some Things to Note:
If you look (unfortunately, you don’t have to look closely), you can see that my scones are not very brown on top (horrors!). I believe this is because I chose to do an egg wash on top – better for pastries such as puff pastry, crusts, etc. – instead of using cream. So in the recipe, I’ll have you just brush the tops with heavy cream, this should give you a nice brown crust on the top.
Preheat oven to 350° F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or lightly spray with cooking spray.
Place first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir briefly to combine.
Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into flour mixture until butter is the size of peas or smaller, and is evenly distributed.
Add peaches to flour/butter mixture and lightly toss to combine.
In a small bowl, whisk together ½ C. heavy cream, egg, and vanilla.
Add wet ingredients to dry and, using a rubber spatula, stir until dough comes together - do not overstir!
If there are some dry patches of flour and dough has not come completely together, add in a little more cream (targeting the dry patches), about 1 tbsp. at a time until dough comes together (I added in 2 tbsp. more total).
Turn dough on a lightly floured surface and form into a ball (if dough is really sticky and hard to work with, sprinkle some flour over the dough and on surface - lightly knead to incorporate flour).
Pat dough into a circle 8” in diameter and about 1” thick.
Using a sharp knife, cut into 8 triangles and transfer to the baking sheet, placed slightly apart (you can also transfer the whole disc to the sheet and cut them on there, carefully pulling the wedges away from the center to separate them slightly).
Brush the scones with some cream and sprinkle with white sparkling sugar, if desired.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.
Remove scones from oven and transfer baking sheet to a cooling rack to cool slightly.
While scones are cooling, make glaze.
In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, heavy cream + milk, and vanilla until combined.
Chorizo & Egg Breakfast Stuffed Peppers:bell peppers are filled with a delicious creamy chorizo & egg mixture making for a healthy, yet hearty breakfast.
Hello there! Remember me? I’m the girl who gets on here and posts a recipe every five weeks or so… It’s been too long since I last posted a recipe, but I’m glad to share this one with you today.
Today, I’m breaking the promise of my blog’s name – always sweet – and bringing you a savory dish (I suppose life can’t be all sugar, huh? Or can it? Hmm…). Though not as strict as at one time, I like to keep our meals (mainly dinner) as low in carbs as possible. So this particular recipe emerged from an attempt to make this Egg & Sausage Breakfast Ring a bit healthier and lower in carbs. The filling was already quite delicious, but I did do some tweaking: I added a little spice with the chorizo, omitted the bell pepper (because you already have a lot of that!), substituted a yellow onion for the green, and added a handful of cilantro for flavor. Then, of course, to ditch the extra carbs, used bell peppers to nest the filling instead of crescent biscuits.
Of course, the original version with the bread is quite tasty and I still like to make it every now and then, but I love that the bell peppers add an extra dose of healthy and also makes this quite a filling breakfast/brunch.
Something to note is that I used a 9×13 in. pan, but am thinking that I might could have gotten away with using my 8 in. square as there was a bit too much room in the former mentioned size. I think it depends on the size of your peppers and not all mine were the biggest.
Another thing to note is that if you’re not a fan of chorizo, feel free to substitute with 1 lb of pork bulk sausage. You can also omit the cilantro, if you desire. Also, if you like extra spice (YES, please!! #spicemylife), I think adding some chopped jalapeno would just take this dish to another world. In fact, next time I make these you can bet a jalpeno party is happening…
Oh, one more note: usually I pre-roast the peppers, then fill and bake them. However, this time round I skipped the preliminary roasting and baked them the entire time with the filling inside. If you want to cut down on time, which I usually do, then I recommend you do it this way – you just might want to bake it a little longer than the 30 minutes, as my peppers were still a bit crunchy.
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as my family has!
Sour Cream Pancakes with Apple Pie Topping: these sour cream pancakes are luscious, rich, and melt-in-your-mouth. Topped with an apple pie topping, which adds just the right amount of sweetness, these pancakes are a fall breakfast must!
Happy Thanksgiving week, dear readers! Do you have any special plans for the days leading up to and for the holiday? Do you travel? Do you spend it with family/friends? Do you have a nice quiet celebration at home? What do you do??
My family alternates between Boston and Texas every year and this year we’re in Texas. I’m hoping to start baking as early as tomorrow (thank goodness for cheesecakes which can be made ahead of time!), but we’ll see – I don’t have any of the groceries yet. :/
I do hope that no matter where and how you are celebrating, and who you are celebrating with, that this holiday will bring much joy and times of grateful musings – even in the midst of possible pain and sadness.
There is always so much to think about, so many things that need to be done, and time seems to quickly be running out. There are times of sadness and anxiety; times when life seems to be nothing but a nightmare and you wonder why you’re even here. However, even in the midst of such times, you can look up and see a gorgeous sunset or sunrise, experience the joy of a sudden breeze, watch the snow fall and the earth become quiet and still, and all of a sudden joy and light creeps into even the darkest of places. You become full of gratitude, and thankful that you should be granted such a gift.
My mom picked up the children’s picture book (sometimes I think these books are written more for the adults, don’t you?), Penguin Problems by Jory John some days ago and brought it over for me to look at – we both ♥ children’s picture books – and I fell in love. Not only is it a cute and humorous story full of lovely illustrations, but it also contains this quote which I think speaks to what I’ve been talking about. It is delivered by a walrus who is speaking to the main character, a penguin, who goes about the day complaining about this and that.
“Good afternoon. I sense that today has been difficult, but lo! Look around you, Penguin. Have you noticed the way the mountains are reflected in the ocean like a painting? Have you gazed upon the blue of the cloudless, winter sky, my friend? Have you felt the sun as it gently warms your back? Have you simply stood with your penguin brothers and sisters and elders, who adore you? Yes, some things are challenging out here. Yes, we all have difficult moments, from the walruses to the polar bears, from the whales to the penguins. But hear me now, my new friend: I wouldn’t trade my life for any other, and I am quite sure you wouldn’t, either. I am certain that when you think about it, you’ll realize that you are exactly where you need to be.”
I think that about says it all right there! Sometimes we need to stop and look around and see the joys and beauty about us. And occasionally it can be a little hard to make out, but it’s there. It’s there.
OK, moving off my Thanksgiving clichés (bless you if you’ve made it this far!) and onto these sour cream pancakes! My older brother is the pancake/waffle maker in the family and has been making them on Sundays for yeeears now. So it’s only natural that he be the one to introduce me to these pancakes, which have become a personal favorite.
These sour cream pancakes are not too thin and not super thick either. They are the perfect middle ground and the flavor is outstanding. They are a richer pancake and out of this world with chocolate chips (I’m drooling over here…).
Did I mention they melt in your mouth?
It is a pancake of many qualities.
I’ve been wanting to share this recipe for a while now and am super happy to share this version perfect for fall mornings (or evenings – I’m a believer in breakfast for dinner). What I did was made the original recipe (with a couple of tweaks) and added some nutmeg to complement the apple topping. The apple topping is actually the filling I use in these apple hand pies and I love it as it can double as a topping (my sister just made it as a topping for pound cake) and is so perfect for fall.
Now an important thing to note is that if you are making these for 6 or less people, half the pancake recipe. It makes enough to feed a small army, which is perfect if you have visiting guests.
The Best Chocolate Baked Doughnuts: These baked chocolate doughnuts are easy to make and so decadently delicious. Studded with chocolate chips inside and full of chocolate flavor, you won’t miss the fryer for these!
Do you ever get those cravings that hit full force and won’t let go until satisfied?
Uh-huh, you know what I’m talking about. The thing which makes a person tell every poor soul around that they feel like _____ for days, weeks (maybe even months!) on end until the glorious moment when they finally get it. I had been dealing with one of these cravings until it was finally put to rest yesterday. For weeks I had this craving for a sour cream doughnut, and even more specifically, a sour cream doughnut from Krispy Kreme. So yesterday I finally had enough.
Sometimes on Sunday after church, we as a family like to occasionally to treat ourselves to some goodies from our favorite bakery in Dallas or maybe to some doughnuts from Top Pot. Yesterday was one of those days and the favored choice going around the car was the bakery. But me? I wanted a doughnut, I wanted Top Pot. I don’t know why, but sometimes I would happily pass on a Kouign Amann (seriously??) for the simple pleasure of a doughnut. I don’t know why – maybe it’s like the difference between classical and easy listening music; one is a more involved experience that requires most, if not all of a person’s attention to hear and process the beauties within, while the other requires very little thought and attention and is thus turned to in times when heavy brain involvement is not desired.
Or maybe it’s like comfort food; that occasional desire for chicken pot pie, pizza, macaroni etc. as opposed to the more refined meal.
Whatever the reason, I wanted a doughnut. And even when the decision for the bakery was made, I was still determined to get my doughnut. So I did. After picking up some croissants and kouign amann, we went to Krispy Kreme and I finally got my long desired sour cream doughnut. I am satisfied. (However, Landon has been dealing with cravings involving a special In n Out burger and I have a feeling we won’t hear the end of it until he gets one. Patience, Landon, patience.)
I don’t know what cravings you might have right now, but I sure hope doughnuts are in there somewhere, because today I have for you a baked doughnut recipe to end all baked doughnut recipes. I’ve talked before about my thoughts on doughnuts and fried vs baked and how fried is usually better for the authentic doughnut experience, but sometimes there are recipes that will not leave you missing the fried ones. This is one of them.
This is a recipe my brother Parker has been making for years and it’s always a special treat when he does. Oh my goodness, they are the best home-baked chocolate doughnuts I’ve ever had. They are so perfectly chocolaty and melt-in-your-mouth. Some doughnut recipes can taste fudgy (which, depending on the recipe, can be good or bad) but these have just the right chocolate flavor. They also have a good texture as they’re not (sorry to use this word again) too fudgy and also not dry.
Unfortunately, I’m not doing this recipe any justice in my description – I’m finding it very hard to explain why these are so so darn good! So all I can do is to strongly urge you to make them for yourself and taste the awesomeness. Make them and see why my family raves about and begs for these doughnuts.
Please be sure to read the recipe notes before baking!