Macadamia Nut Scones

I baked a batch of these Macadamia Nut Scones this past weekend for Mother’s Day brunch, and they were an all around hit.  Macadamia nuts add a beautiful buttery flavor to this indulgent tea time treat, and push the scones slightly toward the savory side of things while still embracing a tiny hint of sweetness.  I…

Hot Cross Buns

I have been eyeballing hot cross bun recipes for years.  Every Easter I’d briefly consider baking them before settling on a “simpler” and “less time consuming” Easter bread.  This year, seeing as time was not an issue, I was determined to give these a try, and I’m glad I did.  They turned out to be…

Sourdough English Muffins

From what I have been able to gather, English muffins are actually, very much an American phenomena, and the English part of the equation seems to be a vague illusion to the English crumpet?  As someone who’s never tried a crumpet, I can’t extrapolate on their varying similarities and differences to an English muffin, but…

Peach Quick Bread

I regularly bake quick breads with whichever fruit is in season, but I have yet to come across a recipe for a peach one.  Not that I have ever really set out to look for one, but a couple of weeks ago I had some perfectly ripe peaches sitting around, and I didn’t want to…

Garden Pepper and Cheddar Cheese Bagels

The summer is wending down, in fact, if I do get around to posting this today, it will already technically be Autumn, which means both the harvesting of the last of my vegetable garden and a return to regular bread baking, which had been set aside due to the warmer weather.  This recipe encapsulates both….

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Blueberry season has arrived! At last!  It seems to have arrived late this year, strange considering the unusually warm summer, but my blueberry bushes started producing their first berries last week.  This is the first year that they have produced enough fruit to bake with, which is exciting, considering that they are of a tarter…