Thursday, June 28, 2012

Happy Herbivore Scones

 Mmmm! Welcome to breakfast! This is a bowl full of fresh cherries, blueberries,  a dash of coconut milk, and a warm scone from Happy Herbivore.

I used millet flour, so the scones came out kind of dry, but they were still really good. Awesome way to start the day with some warm coffee :)

Here's a recipe from Happy Herbivore for one variety of scones.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cranberry Scone Recipe
Yields: 6 Scones

1.5 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3.5 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup pumpkin (pureed, not pumpkin pie filling-that has spices!)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp non-dairy milk (optional)
1/2 cup cranberries (if using dry- plump them as you would raisins, by adding them to some water or orange juice and allowing them to get rehydrated)
(Edited to Add: You can use fresh pumpkin that's been cooked, if you can't find canned. Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. You can blend your own to taste)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin spice and whisk together to ensure even distribution of the ingredients.
3. Add wet ingredients; pumpkin, maple syrup, and also your cranberries. Incorporate all ingredients together, scones make a dry dough(like biscuits) but if you think your dough is too dry and all your flour hasn't been incorporated, add non-dairy milk 1 tbsp at a time.
4. You can make these 'drop' scones by using a measuring scoop and dropping the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, or you can cut them into triangles (like Starbucks!). To make triangles, roll dough into one large ball and then flatten slightly. Cut the dough like you would cut a pizza! I first cut in half, and then divide each section into 'slices'.
(I usually sprinkle a little raw sugar on top of scones, just to make them glisten and give them a pretty textured top. This is totally optional)
5. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until firm to the touch.

Monday, June 25, 2012

"Aging Beautifully"

Check out this video from one of my favorite sources of info, the lovely Angel from House of Vitalia.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I'm Baaack! With Happy Herbivore Eats!

Our vacation was awesome, my "new" job (6 months in!) is terrific, and I'm ready to get back to posting here at Pixiepine Blog. Yay!

I am currently using to help me get back on track after some summer laziness and a lot of vacation eating and drinking. My favorite cookbooks to use when counting calories are Happy Herbivore and Appetite For Reduction.

Today's treat is a breakfast meal that is big on taste and very low in calories.

This is the Frittata from Happy Herbivore, along with some sprouted grain raisin toast, a chiffonade of raw spinach, and grape tomatoes. 160 calories for the whole meal!

More Happy Herbivore eats coming soon!

In other news, I'm reading a super funny and entertaining book, She Flew The Coop.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I'm Taking a Break...

I'm taking some time to kick back, relax, and unplug...have a blissful summer :)