Linzer Tart Scones

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Tender and crumbly scones are hands down one of my favorite treats to bake. I also love a traditional linzer tart cookie with its sweet jam filling and nutty almond crunch. Let’s combine the two and while we are at it make them sugar-free. Perfect with a warm beverage these cinnamon laced triangles with a touch of jam are simply the best. Linzer tart scones are actually a remix of a recipe I have been baking for nearly 30 years with an aim to make them healthier. Small changes like eliminating sugar make a big difference in improved health over time. Selected for the Steviva Blogger Recipe Challenge here is what I did.

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Sugar-free with a big boost of protein from almonds and almond flour these scones get their sweetness from all natural Fructevia. Fructevia looks just like granulated sugar, but with twice the sweetness a little goes a long way. Did you notice how brown these scones are? That’s because fructevia bakes up just like sugar with all the golden goodness. Not only that these scones are tender and flaky with lovely crunchy, crumbly almond bits. What’s not to love about a healthy-full of flavor-jam topped scone? Tender, sweet, flaky, nutty….sounds a lot like me!

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While I loved them warm from the oven the truth is the flavors are even more fantastic the next day. Like a linzer tart the cinnamon, almonds and zest meld together and the jam just sinks into the dough. Unlike other sugar-free sweeteners the Fructeviva leaves no aftertaste. It’s super clean and a total healthy win. Even my brother, the doctor, approves. He explained that using products like Fructevia helps to reduce inflammatory processes on the body.

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Here is the quick drill on mixing up a simple batch of scones. Whisk the dry ingredients together; cut in the butter until crumbly. Then whisk the wet ingredients together.

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Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet in. Blend the two just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Knead the dough 3 or 4 times and pat it into a circle right on the baking sheet. Edge with the almonds and fill a small indent with your favorite sugar-free jam. Raspberry is traditional, but I used blackberry here.

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Linzer Tart Scones

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

½ cup almond flour

1 ½ tablespoons Fructevia

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. grated orange zest

¼ cup cold, unsalted butter

2/3 cup half-and-half

1 egg

2 to 3 teaspoons no sugar added jam or whole fruit preserves

Heat oven to 400ºF. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In large bowl, combine flours, fructevia, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and zest; mix well. Using fork or pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In small bowl, combine half-and-half and egg; blend well. Add to flour mixture. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto well-floured surface; knead lightly 4 times. Pat or roll dough into 8” circle on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle edge with almonds. Cut into 8 wedges; do not separate. Make an indentation in each scone with tip of your index finger; fill with ¼ teaspoon of jam. Bake 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden. Cut through scones. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 210  
Total Fat 12.4g 16%
Saturated Fat 5.5g 28%
Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 43mg 16%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Potassium 271mg 6%
Total Carb 21.1g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2.3g 8%
Sugars 0.6g  
Protein 5.5g  
Vitamin A 9% · Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 10% · Iron 8%
*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Crispy Coconut Curried Devils

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Today is about food. I know it’s been awhile. Moving forward the blog should mirror real life. Lately, real life is less about obvious grief and more about cooking, baking, photography, gardening and that little jelly bean better known as my grand-daughter. Make no mistake. My son is my first thought when I open my eyes in the morning, the last when I close them at night and many moments in between. I celebrate William in all that I do. Like grief, his inspiration is never ending. Enough said. Let’s move on. More food and less grief. I NEED it to be this way.

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Do you like deviled eggs? How about Crispy Coconut Curried Deviled eggs? I created this recipe for a contest sponsored by Eggland’s Best. As many of you know (because you have been voting for my entries non-stop) the contest theme is “foodtography” and I was lucky enough to have 3 of my food photos accepted. One, my smoothie bowl cake, made it to the final 4 (woot woot). While voting for the deviled eggs many of you asked for the recipe. Today, I am happy to be able to share it with you.

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Crispy Coconut Curried Devils

6 Eggland’s Best Eggs, hard-boiled, cooled and peeled

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon sweet Asian chili sauce

½ teaspoon curry powder

1 tablespoon finely chopped flat leaf parsley, plus additional for garnish

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil for deep frying

1-cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

½ cup flaked unsweetened coconut

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 Eggland’s Best Egg, lightly beaten with 1-teaspoon water

1 scallion, finely chopped

Slice hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Press yolks through a strainer into a bowl. Add mayonnaise, lemon juice, chili sauce and curry powder; blend well. Stir in parsley and salt and pepper to taste; set aside. Heat 3-inches of vegetable oil to 350°F. In another bowl, mix panko and coconut. Dredge each egg white half in flour. Dip in egg wash to coat and then dredge in panko-coconut mixture. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels. Pipe or spoon yolk mixture into hollows of egg whites. Arrange on serving platter. Sprinkle with parsley and scallions.

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Respect Your ElderBerries

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Retirement? What’s that? I have never been so busy in my life. On any given day I am cooking/baking up a storm, baby-sitting my grand-daughter, tending the garden and traveling here or there. I am not complaining, but here is the thing. While my mind still thinks I am 30, the body knows I am double that number. I get a bit tired a bit quicker, but that is not going to stop me. While I always taught my children to respect their elders I just can’t believe I am that person now. I will do whatever it takes to stay healthy, vibrant and energetic because I have a sweet grand-daughter who is no longer walking, but running. “Wait for Kiki Annabelle”!

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Enter elderberries. Recently, I was gifted some elderberry products from Ann & Rodger Lenhardt of Norm’s Farms. The information on the web site is fascinating. I didn’t know much about elderberries, but in my research learned that Hippocrates (ancient Greek father of medicine) referred to “elders” as his “medicine chest”. High in vitamin C, iron, antioxidants and potassium elderberries outshine all those other “super fruits” that seem to have gotten lots of press lately. Not only are the berries nutritious, but they are delicious and come in a variety of supplements, syrups and jams to boost your immune system and good health.

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I very much enjoyed developing a few recipes with Norm’s Farms products. First up is a very simple appetizer (great for those outdoor deck parties y’all are throwing right now) using the most sweet and savory Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam. I love the crunch contrast of the pecans mixed in with the fruit. Next Thanksgiving skip the cranberry sauce and serve this jam with your roast turkey. You heard it here first.

Crispy Melted Cheese Cups with Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1-package (15 count) mini fillo shells

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Norm’s Farms Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam

Heat oven 350F. Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese and pepper until well blended. Remove shells from all packaging. Fill shells with cheese mixture and place on a baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes. Remove tray from oven and top each with a small spoonful of jam. Return to oven and bake 1 to 2 more minutes or until heated through. Makes 15 small bites.

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The next recipe uses Norm’s Farms Blueberry Elderberry Preserves. While developing a dessert recipe would have been the obvious choice I decided on another savory one. Plus this vinaigrette does double duty as a salad dressing and marinade taking full advantage of all the greens in my garden and the grill. After all, the weather is so fine right now I’m betting you’d rather be outside enjoying yourself rather than stuck in the kitchen.

Blueberry Elderberry Vinaigrette & Marinade

¼ cup Norm’s Farms Blueberry Elderberry Preserves

¼ cup canola oil

¼ cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

2 tablespoons soy sauce (regular or low-sodium)

2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Whisk all ingredients until well blended. Drizzle over your favorite salad as a vinaigrette or use as a marinade on fresh chicken and/or pork. I like to marinade meat overnight and grill the next day.

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Norm’s Farms products are sold in many stores across the USA and can also be ordered directly from their web site. Click on the link, Norm’s Farms for more great recipes, too. Enjoy.

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elderberries from Norm’s Farm