Rich, tender scones loaded with cheese and bacon. These are perfect for Sunday brunch or you could even serve these with soup or salad for dinner.

Bacon and Cheddar scones
I love scones. Some people call them biscuits. Some people insist scones are not biscuits. Whatever you want to call them, I just want to say I love them.

I have posted about scones (and even biscuits) before. This Sarabeth buttermilk biscuit recipe is one of my favorites. Everyone who has tried the cranberry and cinnamon scones has loved it. There is a video also on the blog on how to make scones. While I love a sweet scone, I have been wanting to make a savory bacon scone for a while now. So last Sunday, I decided to add bacon and cheese to my scones and they turned out even better than what I expected.

Bacon and Cheddar scones

The recipe for these bacon and cheese scones is adapted from kingarthurflour.com . The original recipe has chives in it and while I would have loved to add them, I did not have any on hand so skipped that ingredient out. We just planted some chives in our garden, so hopefully soon that will not be a problem for future bakes of these bacon and cheddar scones. I did add a few fresh herbs from the garden though. Another change that I made was that I did half whole wheat, and half all purpose flour. It worked well, and I love the slightly healthier touch (only slightly because bacon and cheese kind of offset the healthiness that the whole wheat flour brings). The third change I made was decreasing the amount of baking powder called for. I have mentioned it earlier on the blog that I feel whenever I add 1 tbsp of baking powder to a recipe that calls for 2 cups of flour, there is always this slightly bitter taste in the baked product. Probably its the kind of baking powder that I use. So now whenever I bake I make sure not to use more than 1 tsp of baking powder per cup of flour and I have made that adjustment in this recipe too. Also, always sift your dry ingredients. Baking powder and baking soda tend to lump and if you don’t sift you will get lumps in your baked product which leave a bitter after taste. Remember, always sift!

To make life simpler, you can make the dough and shape the scones a day in advance. Keep them on a parchment lined baking tray covered with saran wrap/ clingfilm in the freezer. The next day when you are ready to bake them, just remove the tray from the freezer and let sit on your kitchen counter at room temperature while you preheat the oven. Bake and have warm freshly baked scones first thing in the morning without dirtying the kitchen sink. There is no reason why you should not be making these. You can also serve these scones with a soup or salad and make it a meal.

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Orange Chocolate Chiffon Cake

This cake, guys, needs to be made. I baked it the other day, served it to my mom, my biggest critic, and one bite and she was pleasantly surprised with how good it was. When she gives it a go in the first bite without any criticism I know its a recipe that is worth sharing. Orange and chocolate are a classic combination and if you haven’t tried it yet, you definitely must try it in this orange and chocolate chiffon cake.

Chiffon cakes are light, airy cakes that get their light texture from whipped egg whites. The oil in the cake lends moisture to the cake, making them more tender than sponge cakes. The recipe I have used is one from a cookbook I own and have baked from before, Sarabeth’s Bakery. All the recipes in this book have been great successes. In case you are interested you can check it out on amazon here.

According to the cookbook, chiffon cake was a well guarded secret recipe of a Los Angeles caterer, who for the right price sold the formula and now many have developed their own variations and spins to this lovely cake.

While orange provides a fresh citrus flavor to this cake, the chocolate brings a little bit of decadence. The ganache on top is a must.

I baked the cake in an angel food cake pan, which is what is recommended. Do not use a fluted pan. Since the pan is not greased, getting the cake out will be a task.

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Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce

 

I love pasta. If it were up to me and I could eat as much as I want without the worry of carbs, I would eat pasta at least 3-4 times a week.

For me the secret to good pasta lies in its sauce. Today I am sharing one of my favorite ways to prepare pasta/pizza sauce from scratch. I have quite a few tried and tested recipes. For a meat based sauce I use my dad’s spaghetti sauce recipe. When I have cherry tomatoes, this Marco Pierre’s pasta sauce recipe is what I make. But on most days when I make pasta sauce from scratch I use this recipe that I am sharing today.

The recipe is easy but takes some time to come together. It isn’t active cooking time, since the oven does most of the work. Slow roasting the tomatoes releases the sweet juices in them and imparts a lovely flavor. Roasting a red bell pepper along with the tomatoes gives the final sauce that lovely red color you see in store bought sauces, without adding any canned tomatoes to the sauce. And to it, if you add roasted garlic, the sauce becomes absolute perfection in terms of flavor.

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