Thursday, September 22, 2011

Not One, but Two Great Scones

Our daughter and her family stayed with us for a few days before they moved north, which was very nice for us. It was great having them real close before they moved away. It's a mom/gramma thing! One of her family's weekly excursions is a trip to Starbucks for "coffee" and blueberry scones, so I decided to make some scones that could knock Starbucks socks off! 

Let me say they were amazing! We all enjoyed them very much. I had to hide two of them in the cupboard so my son-in-law and dear hubby could enjoy one the next morning. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of them, but the great recipe comes from "The Joy of Baking" blog and you can find the recipe for Blueberry Streusel Scones at this link. You should try them! They are so good! I will definitely make them again. My son-in-law told me they were the best scones he had every eaten, so of course, that made them extra special!

I found myself thinking about those scones several times after they were gone and considered making them again, but I decided it was mainly having our family staying here with us that made me think about them so fondly. Once I realized that, I decided I would wait until they were back for a visit before I make that recipe again. One thing for sure, all that thinking about scones made me decide I had to make a batch of scones. I had several bananas and peanut butter always sounds good, so I decided to make scones with banana, peanut butter and a few chocolate chips!

You can see little white chunks of bananas in the picture. I don't like to mash the bananas too vigorously because I like little bites of banana. I added crunchy peanut butter as the fat, but you can use creamy. As these scones began to develop, I made mental notes of getting the ingredient ratio right because it's all about getting the dough right; not to sloppy wet and not too stiff. Once you have the ingredients mixed together, you don't want to over mix them because that will make them tough as rocks! They turned out even better than I had hoped or expected. They are so easy and very fast to put together. I'm not going to call them super "healthy," but they don't have butter or cream which is a staple in most scones and they are certainly healthier than many others I have made! :-)

When dear hubby came home and saw them on the counter I told him they started out as scones and ended up more like a big cookie, which puts them somewhere between a scone and a big cookie, so I am calling them "skookies."

I put them in the freezer the same day and it has been nice to take one out to enjoy every couple days. They are still very moist and are just as good straight out of the freezer. I have tried very hard to wait until they are completely defrosted before taking a nibble but, alas, I don't think I have managed to do that yet!


Peanut Butter Banana Chip Scones


Banana, peanut butter, scone,


        See Peanut Butter Banana Chip Scones on Key Ingredient.



P.S. Enjoy your day today! It is the last full day of Summer 2011! Fall officially begins at 5:05am tomorrow!

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