Fall Harvest Favorites

Ah… Thanksgiving!

What a great time to sit back, relax and rehash the “best of” harvest recipes. Here are five of our favorite fall recipes, each featuring ingredients you might still have on hand from your Thanksgiving feast.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Cranberry Butternut Scones (above)

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (below)

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Cranberry Butternut Scones

Though I’m referring to these as scones—indeed, they require that butter be cut into the dry ingredients like traditional scones—I must admit that they seem to be closely related to muffins. That’s because they are a little more sweet and moist than what you might expect from conventional scones. In this case, the moisture [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cranberry Raisin Yogurt Bread

Moister than traditional Irish soda bread yet heavier than a typical scone, this seems a bit like a hybrid of the two. Since it doesn’t include a step for “cutting in” butter, this is actually quicker to assemble than either of the others.

Loosely based upon a recipe for soda bread that calls for 2 [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Frozen Blueberry Scones

These scones are based upon a summer favorite I’ve made for many years. Impatient for blueberry season, I decided to use frozen berries instead. The resulting scones taste wonderful, but because of the consistency of the thawed berries, their color and texture are decidedly different from those made with fresh blueberries. Scones made with the [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Gingerbread Nut Scones

For some reason—probably gingerbread cookies at Christmas time—I tend to associate gingerbread with winter. When temperatures dipped a month or so ago, I started experimenting with a gingerbread scone recipe I hadn’t baked in years. With the usual “savvy” changes—added whole grains and reduced sugar and butter—the results are worth biting into any time of [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones

I’ve seen several variations of peanut butter scones online and wanted to give them a try. Though they look really good, many call for more than half a cup of butter. Given the oil already included—courtesy of the peanut butter—I thought I’d try experimenting with “butter-free.” Admittedly, my recipe has a little more sugar, but [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Amazing Banana Nut Scones

This recipe is the result of combining a great-tasting, high-fat scone with a decent-tasting, good-for-you scone. The result is, fortunately, a great-tasting scone that is high in nutrients and low in fat and calories. The primary nutritional benefits come from the bran, whole wheat flour and bananas, boosted by some protein from the milk and [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Ham, Cheese and Broccoli Scones

I considered using “surprise” in the title to represent the broccoli hidden within these scones. I’m sorry to report, however, that the surprise was on me. My children won’t eat them. (Argh!) They like ham; they like cheddar; they like scones; they even like broccoli, but they won’t touch these. They won’t explain why, so [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]


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