Flour Tortilla Chips

Happy Monday!

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to try a couple new things.  I love getting to try new things, especially when they are food-related and especially when they turn out well.  These homemade tortilla chips (well, maybe semi-homemade) have been on my mind for quite some time now and I needed a quick appetizer for a dinner party so decided to try it out.

They turned out great!!! I just munched on some leftover chips and am sad that there are only a few left.  I will have to make more soon.

These chips are quick and easy and so light and crisp.  I love them! Maybe even more than normal tortilla chips from the store!  I served them with some Roasted Eggplant Spread that I had made a couple months ago (with eggplants from my garden!) and everyone loved it!  I am so thankful for a freezer in which to store such yummy goodness!

Flour Tortilla Chips

Flour Tortilla Chips
from combining various methods I found online

Ingredients
flour tortillas
olive oil
kosher salt

What To Do
Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Now there are a couple ways to go about this.  You will need to cut the flour tortilla into triangles.  I chose to cut out 8 pieces.  You will also need to lightly brush olive oil on each piece.  So, you can brush the entire tortilla then cut, or cut then brush.  Totally up to you.  I started out cutting one tortilla at a time then brushing, but then decided to brush, stack, then cut so I was cutting 3 brushed tortillas at the same time.  Again, up to you.

Place each brushed triangle on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt.  Bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.

Remove from oven and let cool before storing in an airtight container.

Enjoy with or without something to dip them in or with or without something piled on top of them (I’m thinking nachos!).

Some Photos Along the Way
Cutting the tortilla
Flour Tortilla Chips

Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
Flour Tortilla Chips

Fresh out of the oven
Flour Tortilla Chips

Enjoy!
Flour Tortilla Chips

 

This is a busy time of year so if you need something quick, try out these chips.  I bet you could use a cookie cutter to make festive shapes to take to a party or even leave for Santa.  They are delicious!

Have a great week!

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Baked Apple Chips

These are nacho typical chips.  Haha, get it?

Anyway, apples are good for you and these apple chips are a great way to get in your apple a day, as prescribed by the doctor.  And apples are so in season right now.  Apples are the new peach.

Okay, enough.  Better get your ovens ready, before it’s too late.

 

Apple Chips

 

Baked Apple Chips
inspired by Fifteen Spatulas and Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients
2 golden delicious apples
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp sugar

What To Do
Preheat the oven to 225ºF.

Stir together the cinnamon and sugar to combine. Set aside.

Decide whether or not to core your apples, then slice them thinly with a mandolin slicer. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper, and place the apple slices side by side on the parchment, in a single layer. Make sure not to overlap the apple slices or place them on top of each other, otherwise they won’t crisp up. Sprinkle the apple slices with the cinnamon sugar, and note that if you sprinkle from high above, the cinnamon sugar will disperse more evenly.

Bake the apple slices for 1 hour, then remove them from the oven and flip them over. The apples will be floppy, but they will crisp up later. Return the apple slices to the oven for another hour, then turn the oven off. Let the apple chips cool completely in the oven, this is when they will crisp up.

My Comments
I have no idea what kind of apples I have used so far.  I have a friend with a tree in her yard and used those.  They are red with some green in them too.  I think you should just use your favorite apple or experiment a little to see what you like best.

I did not measure the cinnamon and sugar.  I just mixed some together.  Start with sugar and then add a little cinnamon to your liking.

These are really tasty! Crisp and delicious!

Some Photos Along the Way
Slicing an apple with my friend’s mandolinApple Chips
Apple slices on my silicone baking mat, sprinkled with cinnamon sugarApple Chips
After the first hourApple Chips
Flipped overApple Chips
After the second hour and cooled in the ovenApple Chips

 

These do take some time to make.  Perhaps if you have a food dehydrator it would go faster.  But to me, it’s totally worth the time.  I was so surprised at how good these are! These are so great to munch on and I really hope you give them a try!

Have a great week!

Banana Granola

Summer produce is everywhere right now.  I know I’ve been a busy little bee putting up various tomato-based foods and pepper-based foods and peach-based foods up for future consumption.  If you’re like me, you kinda forget about food for now.  Case in point, some very ripe bananas “suddenly” appeared on the counter.  What? Bananas were not on my list of “produce to do something with now.”

Well, this granola recipe came to my rescue.  I didn’t want to make anything to put in the freezer because well, my freezer was well on its way to being full.  Plus, I was getting ready for a weekend getaway with a couple girl friends so I thought this would be a great snack to take along.  And you all know how I like snacks!

Turned out this was the perfect way to use the neglected bananas.  Poor little bananas…I’m so sorry I forgot about you…but not really, because this granola = a delicious snack to take on the go, whether on a trip out of town or to your desk at work or you know, it’s back-to-school season…it’d be great to give your kids too.

 

Banana Granola

 

Banana Granola
from Two Peas and Their Pod

Ingredients
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup chopped walnuts (see My Comments below)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 large ripe banana, mashed (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil (see My Comments below)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

What To Do
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.

In a medium bowl, combined mashed banana, coconut oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Pour liquid mixture over oat mixture and stir until oats are coated. Spread evenly on prepared baking sheet.

Bake granola for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and cool granola completely on baking sheet. The granola will crisp up as it cools. When granola is completely cooled, stir in the chocolate chips, if using. Store in an airtight container or glass jar with a lid for up to two weeks.

My Comments
I didn’t have walnuts…I used a mixture of chopped pecans and slivered almonds.

I didn’t have any coconut oil either so used regular vegetable oil.

I lined my tray with foil and sprayed it with non-stick cooking spray.

Some Photos Along the Way
Banana Granola

Banana Granola

Banana Granola

 

I made another batch and am munching on it now as I share this with you.  I think I’m going to add some mini chocolate chips now.  Have a great weekend!

S’more Granola Bars

For a lot of people, summer means travel.  Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a road trip across the country or even a trip overseas, you’ll need sustenance.  I’m only going a couple hours away for a day and felt the need to have snacks ready.  I know I’m not the only snack packer out there.  I love a good snack.  Snacks keep you going.  And these S’more Granola Bars hit the spot for sure.  I’ve made these a few times now and have loved them each time.

Gooey marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers all in a easy-to-pack, easy-to-eat bar.  What more could you ask for when you’re on the go?

 

S'more Granola Bars

 

S’more Granola Bars
from The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

Ingredients
6 T unsalted butter
1/4 c firmly packed light brown sugar
6 T golden syrup, maple syrup or dark corn syrup
2 1/4 c rolled oats
1/2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 t salt
1 c graham cracker crumbs
1 c semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 c miniature marshmallows or 1 c marshmallow creme

What To Do
In a medium-sized saucepan set over medium heat, melt and stir together the butter, sugar and syrup, cooking until the sugar has dissolved.

Stir in the oats, flour, salt and graham crackers crumbs.

Press slightly more than half of the mixture into a lightly greased 9×9-inch pan.  Let cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top, then the marshmallows.  If using marshmallow creme, oil your fingers and a spoon and drop by teaspoonfuls evenly over the chocolate chips.

Top with the remaining crust mixture.  Bake the bars for 15-20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let them rest for 20 minutes, then cut into squares while still slightly warm.

My Comments
For the syrup, I used maple syrup.

I used miniature M-n-M’s instead of chocolate chips, just because…

I lined my baking dish with foil so it’d be easy to take the bars out and then slice them with a large knife.  I sprayed the foil with non-stick cooking spray.

I let mine rest for more than 20 minutes – it still seems pretty hot so I waited.  I still didn’t get a super clean cut but these taste so good, I don’t really care!

Some Photos Along the Way
S'more Granola Bars

S'more Granola Bars

S'more Granola Bars

S'more Granola Bars

S'more Granola Bars

 

I can’t wait to eat these and am so happy they’ll be available to munch on during my tiny little excursion.  Happy snacking, my friends!!

Orange Chocolate Chunk Bread

Happy weekend, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I had a long week and am ready for some R&R.  But what good is R&R without something yummy to munch on?

 

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Mmmm…bread! And not just any bread.  Orange Chocolate Chunk Bread!! This is easy and quick to whip up (no mixer required) and your house will smell wonderful (like a spa!) while it’s baking!

 

Orange Chocolate Chunk Bread

 

Orange Chocolate Chunk Bread
from My Baking Addiction
makes 1 loaf

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk
zest of 1 orange
3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks

What To Do
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a glass loaf pan with non stick spray and set aside.

In a large large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, baking powder and ground ginger. In a second bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, milk and orange zest. Pour wet mixture into the dry and stir until combined. Toss dark chocolate chunks with remaining 2 tablespoons of flour then gently fold them into batter.

Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow bread to cool completely before removing from the pan. Slice and serve!

My Comments
I doubled the recipe to make 2 loaves.

FUN – I got to use my microplane grater/zester, one of my favorite handy kitchen gadgets!

When digging out my dark chocolate chips, I found a Lindt Excellence Intense Orange Dark Chocolate Bar so chopped it up.  It wasn’t quite enough so I used dark chocolate chips for the rest.

My batter was rather thin so I didn’t really see the need to “gently” fold in the chocolate.  And, even though I tossed the chocolate with flour, the majority of the chocolate sunk to the bottom of the bread anyway.  I was kinda disappointed in that so next time I might sprinkle the chocolate chunks on top of the bread batter or pour half the batter in the pan then sprinkle with some chocolate then add the remaining batter and put the rest on top.

I highly recommend lining your bread pans with parchment paper (spray the paper with non-stick spray) because I had a little trouble getting the baked loaves out of the pan because some chocolate chunks got stuck to the bottom of the pan.

My loaves took 75 minutes to bake.

 

Orange Chocolate Chunk Bread

 

This bread tastes great and I love how you can see the orange zest throughout.  Orange and Chocolate go great together, just like Rest and Relaxation!

Have a great weekend!