Baked Oranges

Do you ever crave fruit for dessert? Me neither. But I often crave a fruit-based dessert.

You know the kind, taking a perfectly healthy gem from nature and adding sugar and cream and making it less healthy but more fantastic? I know, logic says this is foolish, but tastebuds are very happy about your tomfoolery. And, in the words of the poet DMX, “Y’all gonna make me act a fool up in here, Y’all gonna make me lose my cool up in here.” I think he was talking to these baked oranges. What do you think?

Baked Oranges
This dessert is beautiful, compact and perfect for entertaining. Serve with a drizzle of chocolate or caramel, or with a scoop of ice cream on the side (vanilla or rocky road?). Best piping hot out of the oven, but can be reheated for a later indulgence. If you’re hosting dinner, just stick these in the oven when you’re about to eat, and they’ll be ready right after!


4 servings
2 large oranges
4 TB brown sugar (light or dark)
Dash of cinnamon
1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 400. Rinse oranges and slice in half. In a small dish, combine sugar and cinnamon. Peel side down, pack 1 TB of brown sugar mixture on top of each orange.

Bake for 30 minutes. Handle with tongs or oven mitts as the oranges are hot! Let cool for 5-10 min and dig in.

(optional) In a microwave-safe dish, microwave the chocolate chips in 30-second increments, stirring in-between until all chips are melted. Drizzle on top of the orange or on the plate right before serving.


I do hope this is a beautiful Saturday for you. My parents and I are having some breakfast together while Matt’s at work, and then we’ll hit up the Farmer’s Market. Yay!

Happy eating!
Laurel

~Laurel~

Blueberry Pie Breakfast

This has been my breakfast the last 2 days, and it will probably continue to be all week.

ooey, gooey blueberries
hearty, piping hot oats
melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar
crunchy, nutty pecans

So much tastiness in a bowl! It’s healthy, right at 300 calories, and has kept me full for a solid 4 hours (a feat, trust me).

Blueberry Pie Oatmeal
one bowl
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (or whatever you have)
1 cup water
1/3 cup blueberries
Dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon chopped pecans (optional)
In a microwaveable bowl (I used the trusty ceramic Fiestaware), add oats, water, blueberries, and a dash of cinnamon. No need to stir.

Microwave for 3 minutes, or until oats are bubbly and cooked. Careful, hot! Top with brown sugar and pecans.

Wait 5 minutes to cool. The longest 5 minutes of your life. Enough time to wonder if you should grab those donut holes on the kitchen counter to hold you over. Resist the donuts. Then eat this satisfying, healthy breakfast. 🙂
 
~Laurel~

Banana biscuits

This is strictly breakfast food…biscuits with warm gooey banana bits in the middle. Served warm with brown sugar on top, or buttered and drizzled with locally harvested honey.

Banana Biscuits
*8 biscuits, 1 mouth*
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons margarine
3/4 cup milk (skim, almond, soy…your choice)
1 medium banana, chopped

3 TB brown sugar

Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with two forks until a coarse dough forms. 

Pour milk in center and stir until dough is moistened and no lumps remain. Fold in banana. Knead dough for one minute. Roll out dough on floured surface and cut using biscuit cutter or (grandma’s way) the rim of a medium drinking glass. Place on nonstick cooking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar.


Bake at 400 for 12 minutes. Eat! Cut open and spread margarine and drizzle with honey (optional).



Have a great week, y’all! (I don’t actually say y’all…the biscuits just inspired that Southern speak.)


  

~Laurel~

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