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Incredible Lip-Smacking Orange Scones

JACY’S LIP-SMACKING ORANGE SCONES*

Lip-Smacking defined “tasting extremely good” and that is exactly what this scone recipe is and more.  It, along with my cream scones recipe is my favorite.  There is just something about the taste and aroma of orange that is romantic, calming, colorful and yum.  If you haven’t tried one of my earlier recipes for scones, try this one.  You will love it and yes, your lips will smack with a smile!

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Recipe:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange zest (or orange peel)
1/2 cup butter, cut up (very cold butter) (not vegetable shortening!!)
2/3 cup buttermilk (or 2/3 cup of cream/milk and 1 tablespoon vinegar set out for 1/2 hour)
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/4 teaspoon each: cinnamon, nutmeg (optional)*

1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon sugar
(for sprinkling on top) or use icing recipe below (I use both)

If desired:

  • Add 1 cup of your favorite goodies to this recipe:
  • chocolate or vanilla chips *(I love them with dark chocolate chips)
  • cranberries or raisins
  • chopped almond or nuts

ICING
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 tablespoon orange juice
Cream by teaspoon until right consistency achieved.

COMBINE first 6 ingredients; cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add buttermilk and dark chocolate chips (or favored goodie) stirring just until moistened.

TURN dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead 5 or 6 times, Pat into a an 10-inch circle. Cut into wedges, and place 1 inch apart on a lightly greased baking sheet (I use pizza pan). Brush with milk, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon milk.

BAKE at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until scones are golden brown (do not overbake!!).

Remove from oven and cool. If using the icing as well, drizzle by tablespoons on scones while still warm.

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* my version of Southern Living’s old recipe

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Oh YUM, Chocolate Strawberry Croissants

Happy National Croissant Day!

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How about a mouth-watering yummy dessert for your weekend pleasure? This one is not only extra-yummy but also reduced in calories and you would never know. If you really want something special to wow your family and friends, give this a try.

Delish Double Chocolate Strawberry Cream Croissants

Ingredients:

12 large Croissants

Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Filling:
1 8oz. Philadephia Cream Cheese (regular or low fat, softened)
2 Tbsp Strawberry Preserves (w/Splenda)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Splenda (sweeten to your taste)
1/4 cup Mini-Chocolate Chips

Fresh Strawberries: (or sub with your favorite fresh fruit)
Fresh Strawberries (washed, sliced or chopped) (as many as you want)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Splenda (sweeten to your taste)
Vanilla Extract

Dark Chocolate Ganache:
1/2 Cup Extra Dark Chocolate Chips
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp. Cream (optional)

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1. Prepare Croissants:
Slice Croissants in half on large cookie sheet and toast face up in broiler until brown. Remove from oven to cool.

2. Prepare Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Filling:
Mix softened cream cheese in bowl with 2 tablespoons of Strawberry Preserves, 1 tsp. vanilla, Splenda to taste, mix well; add 1/4 cup of mini-chocolate chips, mix.

3. Prepare Fresh Strawberries:
Place sliced/chopped strawberries in bowl; add Spenda and Vanilla Extract and blend.

4. Assemble Croissants:
Spread strawberry-chocolate chip cream cheese mixture on bottom layer of each croissant; top with fresh strawberries; place croissant top on.

5. Place assembled croissants under broiler to brown top.

6. Prepare: Dark Chocolate Ganache: Melt chocolate chips in microwave; add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp cream, mix until smooth.

7. Spread or drizzle ganache on warm toasted croissants. Cool.

8. Grab a hot cup of your favorite tea or latte and bon appetit!

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Notes: You can use any kind of croissants or mini-broche for this recipe. I use the large Costco croissants which are yummy and fresh. All Splenda and low calorie ingredients can be substituted with regular ingredients. For a really quick version, you can use any Strawberry Cream Cheese and even frozen strawberries. Improvise to your own preference and taste. Refrigerate leftovers.

Yummy Pecan Sticky Buns

A favorite breakfast treat especially when it is cold and we need a pick-me-up lip-smacking, happy munching, crunching start of the day treat.  Pecan Sticky Buns rate #2 on our favorite breakfast bun list with Cinnamon Raisin Buns being #1.  There are many great recipes for them.  Pictured here is mine from  a recipe I created from Maida Heatter Cinnamon Buns redo as Pecan Sticky Buns.

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You can choose many excellent recipes online if you do not have one of your own. Here are a few I recommend:

Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns by Martha Stewart

Caramel-Pecan Sticky Rolls

Bon appetit!

 

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