Blueberries

Orange Blueberry Scones

Orange Blueberry Scones

So I really like scones, so I made these scrumptious little morsels! Orange blueberry scones with a glaze made of blueberry juice and orange zest.

Orange Blueberry Scones

Sometimes I’m not always a lover of blueberries in baked goods, since they become squishy and loose that tart bite that I love about blueberries.  With that being said, I decided to use dried blueberries instead of fresh!  I’ve never eaten or used dried blueberries before.  I was surprised by how sweet they were, which is kind of silly really, since dried fruits have a concentrated sweetness.

Orange Blueberry Scones

For this recipe I let the blueberries soak in a small amount of water,  just barely covering them.  This isn’t something that has to be done, but I wanted the residual blueberry water for the glaze.  By the way, scones are always better with glaze!

Orange Zest and Blueberry Juice

Orange Blueberry Scones

Orange Blueberry Scone Recipe:
2 C. All Purpose Flour
3 tbsp. Sugar
2.5 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 the zest from 1 Orange
1/3 C. Cold Butter
1 Egg Beaten
1/2 C. Dried Blueberries (Soaked in water – optional)
4-6 tbsp. Milk

Glaze:
1 C. Powdered Sugar
1-1 1/2 tbsp Blueberry Water or Milk
1/2 the zest from 1 Orange

Preheat oven to 400.

Instructions:
1. In a small dish, soak the dried blueberries in water. The water should just barely cover the dried blueberries. Set aside.

2. In a larger bowl, combine the dry ingredients and orange zest.

3. With a pastry cutter, combine the butter and dry ingredients. The consistency should look like wet sand.

4. Add the wet blueberries (without the liquid) into the dry/butter mixture. Be sure to save the blueberry water (you will want to use it for the glaze). Add the beaten egg and milk and mix together.

5. On a floured surface, form the dough and flatten to a 1/2 to 1 inch thickness and cut into any desired shape. Place onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are a light golden brown.

6. Once cooled, combine the ingredients for the glaze and top each scone.

Orange Blueberry Scones

I hope you try these at home! They’re really good – I promise!

xo,
Marlee

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Honey Banana Blueberry Muffins

IMG_1546It’s the ugly cupcake, known as the muffin! So have you seen that SNL skit with Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer and Betty White where they’re on a radio show talking about muffins? Well, thanks to SNL, I can’t shake the image of that skit when baking muffins.  Thanks SNL for making the honest muffin seem so dirty…

Back then, millions of years ago, there was such a thing as a muffin fad.  People couldn’t get enough of the bran muffin. Yummmm… (Que the sarcasm).  But really, why were people so obsessed with muffins?  I mean muffins are awesome, but really, a muffin fad? Bizarre.

Bananas and Blueberries

Honey Banana Blueberry Muffins

Honey Banana Blueberry Muffins

If you’re on a health kick like I am, but don’t want a “healthy” bran muffin, these muffins are slightly guilt free.  Their sweetness comes from raw honey, bananas and apple sauce!  This muffin recipe is all my own, no recipe that I found online or a family recipe! I guess working in a bakery has really inspired me to experiment!

Honey Banana Blueberry Muffins

Honey Banana Blueberry Muffin Recipe: Makes 12 muffins

2 Very Ripe Bananas (Mashed)
1 tbsp. Plain Greek Yogurt
1 1/2 C. All-Pourpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
Dash of Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 Stick Butter
1/4 C. Raw Honey (or what’s on hand)
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 Egg
1/4 C. Apple Sauce
1/2 C. Fresh Blueberries + 1/4 tsp. Flour
Dried Unsweetened Coconut (Optional)
Sliced Almonds (Optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

Instructions:
1.  Mash 2 ripe bananas and mix 1 tablespoon of greek yogurt together. Set aside.

2.  In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients.

3.  In a standmixer, cream softened butter.  Then add honey and vanilla. After incorporated, add 1 egg and 1/4 cup of apple sauce.  (I used mixed berry apple sauce, because that was what was on hand).

4.  In three parts, alternate the dry ingredients with the mashed bananas.  Once all incorporated, fold the blueberries that were tossed in 1/4 teaspoon of flour.

5.  Scoop the batter 3/4 of the way full between 12 muffin cups.  Top each muffin with coconut flakes and sliced almonds. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

Honey Banana Blueberry Muffins

Thank you for reading! Happy baking!

xo,
Marlee