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Ginger Chai Toddy – Last Farewell to Winter

Winter is almost over!!! Chicago brightened up with one day of 60’s then went back down to the 30’s, my hope is still alive though! With this change of season, we found it best to say goodbye to winter with a ginger chai toddy. Not only because we will soon be changing to summer-y iced cocktails and fruit infused beverages, but because it also sends a nice warmth down your body to clear up any lingering cold left from winter.

Ginger Chai Toddy Recipe | Scones in the Sky

Ginger Chai Toddy | Scones in the Sky
Our simple recipe & what you’ll need:

  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 bags of Ginger Tea (real ginger if preferred)
  • 4 bags of Chai Tea
  • Rum (for the extra warmth :))

Steep bags of tea in about 4 cups of hot water for 5-8 minutes. {You can either boil water in the kettle and put into carafe like shown, or steep in pot on the stove after water has come to a boil.} Cut the lemon into slices and put into pot or carafe while tea is steeping (leaving a few slices for garnish). Add fresh ginger and cloves if desired. After, pour into desired glass and add 1-2oz of Rum. Stir and garnish with lemon.

Now you have a yummy drink to warm up the tummy & to get through the last days of winter.

Ginger Chai Toddy Recipe | Scones in the Sky

Enjoy!

Erika

 

Fall Drinks & Tea Time

Fall happens to be a lot of people’s favorite season. And I think I know why…not the colorful leaves or the cute boots…but the DRINKS. With the falling leaves come tasty beverages! Below, I have pictures with corresponding links, where you can find recipes to my three favorite Fall drinks. Also if you go by a Trader Joe’s, they have incredible Fall everything! Today, I bought pumpkin ravioli,  pumpkin chai tea mix and spiced apple cider…amazing.

:::The Chai Tea Latte:::

Chai Tea Recipe | Scones in the SkyHomemade Chai Hot, Iced & Concentrate — by Gimme Some Oven

Chai Tea Recipe | Scones in the SkyAuthentic Chai– by the kithcn

Chai Tea Recipe | Scones in the SkySmall Measures Homemade Chai — by Design Sponge

:::The Apple Cider:::

Apple Cider  Recipe | Scones in the Sky Homemade Hot Apple Cider — by Hint of Vanilla

Apple Cider Tea | David's Tea | Scones in the SkySweet Apple Cider Tea — by David’s Tea

Apple Cider Recipe | Scones in the SkyApple Cider — by DELICIOUS SHOTS

::: The Hot Toddy:::

Hot Toddy Recipe | Scones in the SkyIntensi-Toddy — by joylicious

Hot Toddy Recipe | Scones in the SkyMaple + Oatmeal Stout Hot Toddy — by The Gouda Life

Hot Toddy Recipe | Scones in the SkyMeyer Lemon & Sage Hot Toddy — by Katie at the Kitchen Door

This will be getting whipped up in my kitchen ASAP! Once our kitchen is done with it’s renovation of course. Our loft management company is taking up valuable fall drink-making space! 😉 But it will be nice to have an update, that’s for sure.

I’m in the process of thinking of a new beverage creation that really says, “Drink Me, I taste like Fall.” So wish me luck on that endeavor and if you have any suggestions let me hear ’em!

Happy warm & cozy drinking!

Erika

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

I love lemon and poppy seeds together…pancakes, muffins, scones, bread…it’s just a great pair.

I hope you try it…it’s delicious. Jake said it’s better than the lemon pound cake from Costco haha. So yeah, it’s pretty good. 😉

Poppy and Lemon

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:::Ingredients:::

1 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour

2 tbsp poppy seeds

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tbsp lemon zest

1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

3 large eggs (room temperature)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp sour cream

1/4 cup milk

2 tbsp lemon juice

:::Lemon Glaze:::

3 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup granulated sugar

DSC_05091::Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2:::In a mixing bowl combine flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt. Set this mixture aside.

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3:::Next add lemon zest and sugar to a separate bowl, combine using your fingers, and until sugar is yellow and moist. Add butter to this sugar mixture until pale and fluffy. (I used spatula, but paddle attachment on mixer would work great.) Mix in eggs one at a time, finally add in the vanilla after the last egg.

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4::: In a third bowl, whisk together the milk and sour cream. Then warm it in the microwave until room temperature and no longer cold.

5::: Next, I poured half of my dry mix into a separate bowl (yes a lot of bowls being used…let’s hope you have a dishwasher ;)). Then pour half of your yellow sugar mixture into your starter dry mix, along with half  of the milk mixture and 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Then repeat with the second halves along with the second tbsp of lemon juice. Basically, slowly combining all mixtures along with the lemon juice.

Scones in the Sky Poppy Seed

6::: Butter and flour a 4 x 8 inch bread pan, pour in your batter and cook for 45 minutes, then create an aluminum “tent” (not touching bread) and cook for another 10 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean.

Once out of the oven, cool for 5 minutes then pour on the glaze:

7:::Combing lemon juice and sugar and heat in microwave until sugar is fully dissolved. Brush the glaze on layer by layer, letting it soak in.

After another few minutes, remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack. When storing, put into a closed container to keep in the moisture.

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Recipe Source : Cooking Classy 

Enjoy!

Erika

 

 

Birthday Banana Bread

Yesterday was my birthday! Woot! Woot! I had such a great time, hanging with friends, spending quality time with the hubby and exploring new places to eat in Chicago (which I will have to share in a later post).

Today, I would like to share the recipe for the delicious banana bread I made to kick off the birthday festivities.

Being “on call” for work can be a little stressful. My phone is glued to my hand, and I mostly end up staying home and getting to projects and recipes that I have been meaning to get to. I was on call on the 18th, and I’m happy to say something great came from it…this Banana Crumble Bread!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

:::Ingredients:::

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

:::CRUMBLE TOP:::

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

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:::Instructions:::

In mixer, beat together sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add butter and mix until smooth. Next, add the mashed bananas. Next, take your yogurt and milk and mix those two items in separate small bowl or cup until well combined (no lumps). Mix in that combination after the bananas.

In a separate bowl, combine your dry items: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Slowly pour your dry mix into your other bowl of “wet” ingredients.

Take your loaf pan, spray with non-stick spray or coconut oil spray. Pour in batter.

To make the crumble topping: add all crumble top ingredients, use fork to mix and break up the larger “crumbles.” When pouring on top of the batter use your hands to press it into the batter.

Bake at 350 degrees, for 50 minutes (or until knife/toothpick comes out clean).

Enjoy!

Erika