Cinnamon Vanilla Walnut Scones

scone photo
Photo by BryanAlexander

Ingredients:
1 tsp/5 mL Watkins Organic Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp/5 mL Watkins Baking Vanilla
2 cups/500 mL all-purpose flour
1/4 cup/60 mL chopped walnuts
2 tbsp/30 mL sugar
2 tsp/10 mL baking powder
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL salt
1/4 cup/60 mL cold butter, cut into cubes
2 eggs
1/3 cup/80 mL heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp/30 mL milk

Simple Glaze
1½ cups/375 mL powdered sugar, sifted
3–4 tbsp/45-60 mL of milk or water
2 tsp/10 mL Watkins Baking Vanilla.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400ºF/200ºC and place a piece of parchment on a baking sheet. In a large bowl, mix together flour, walnuts, sugar, baking powder, salt, and Watkins Organic Ground Cinnamon. Using a pastry cutter or your hands, cut in the butter until the mixture looks like small peas. In a small bowl combine eggs, heavy cream, and Watkins Baking Vanilla. Pour into the dry ingredients. Using your hands, mix until the dough is just moistened. Turn onto a floured surface and shape into a 6-inch/115-cm circle. Place the dough on the parchment paper and score into 8 wedges, but keeping the scone together. Brush top of dough with 2 tbsp/30 mL of milk and bake in the oven until browned and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Serve warm with butter. Makes 8 Scones. Total Time: 25 Minutes (10 minutes prep, 15 cooking). Simple Glaze (optional) Place the sugar in a medium bowl and slowly stir in the milk and Watkins Baking Vanilla, a little at a time, until smooth. Makes approx. 1¾ cups/430 mL of glaze. Total Time: 5 minutes.

BANANA SPICE BREAD

banana bread photo
Photo by RBerteig

BANANA SPICE BREAD

Ingredients:
1/3 cup/80 mL vegetable shortening
1/2 cup/125 mL sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp/5 mL Watkins Original Double-Strength Vanilla
3/4 tsp/4 mL Watkins Banana Extract
1-3/4 cups/440 mL all-purpose flour
1 tsp/5 mL  baking powder
1-1/2 tsp/7.5 mL Watkins Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL baking soda
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL Watkins Sea Salt
1/4 tsp/1.2 Watkins Ground Nutmeg
1 cup/250 mL mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup/125 mL chopped walnuts

Directions
Grease bottom only of a 9 × 5-inch/23 × 13-cm loaf pan; set aside. In large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs and vanilla and banana extracts until well combined. In another bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Add alternately with bananas to sugar mixture; mix well. Stir in nuts. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350°F/180ºC for 45 to 50 minutes or until bread tests done. Cool in pan on rack 5 minutes. Turn out of pan and cool completely on rack. To store, wrap tightly and refrigerate.

Makes 1 loaf, 12 servings.