Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones

Britter's Bakery 1st Anniversary graphic

Good morning! Now, before I get to the Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones, does everyone know what day it is? Yes, it IS Friday the 13th, but that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s Britter’s Bakery’s first anniversary! Yep, one year ago today the blog launched and I shared with you this recipe for “Desserted” Island Fruit Pie (still one of the tastiest creations if I do say so myself). Thank you, everyone, who has been following along over the past year, supporting my baking habit and even placing orders! I really enjoy spending my time baking up a storm. Anywho, just wanted to give myself a little shout-out, now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Now that fall has officially set in, I’ve been in the mood for a little pumpkin-inspired baking. I had never really made scones before, but seeing as how you really can’t go wrong with a breakfast-y baked good (muffins, coffee cake, sweet rolls, mmm) I thought this would be a great option for all you pumpkin lovers out there. Plus, I love how grab-and-go friendly they are.

Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones

After a couple attempts at the perfect pumpkin scone, I opted for a pumpkin purée and dark chocolate version – Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones! These babies will make your kitchen smell like fall while they bake and are most excellent when paired with a mug of coffee. So #basic, so #blessed.

Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk SconesPumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk SconesThe outside is nice and crunchy due to the high baking temperature. Meanwhile, the inside is soft and fluffy, thanks to the buttermilk and pumpkin purée.

Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones

They’re quite easy to make, you just have to be willing to get your hands dirty when handling the dough. BONUS: Leftover scones reheat nicely in the toaster oven, too! Adapted from King Arthur Flour’s basic scone recipe, here is the recipe for Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones:

Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones

I’ve gotta say, making these may have created a bit of a scone obsession in me. I also made vanilla bean raspberry almond scones in one of my previous experiments. What are your favorite scone flavor combos? I’m open to suggestions on what to try next!

With sprinkles on top,
Love, Britt

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Hello, there! Today I wanted to share one of my baking classics – my family banana bread recipe. This recipe is an oldie but goodie handed down from my Granny (my great-grandma). This recipe has to be one of my biggest crowd pleasers and is easily the one baked good most often requested by my friends and coworkers.

Chocolate chip banana bread

Banana Bread, Schmanana Bread

My mom used to make this banana cake for my siblings and me as kids, in the form of a sheet cake. In fact, my twin brother used to request this as his birthday cake, while my sophisticated palette opted for my own personal Oreo cheesecake (but this banana cake is still pretty bomb).

Chocolate chip banana bread

Over the years, my Granny’s old banana cake recipe turned into a banana “bread” recipe, because if you bake it in a loaf pan that makes it bread, right? For those of you who’ve said to me, “This is the best banana bread I’ve ever had!” I have a confession to make: I tricked you. I’ve been feeding you cake all along. So naturally, why wouldn’t cake be the best “bread” you’ve ever had?

chocolate chip banana bread

As I kept bringing in loaves of banana bread to work, I eventually experimented with a handful of chocolate chips in one loaf and left the second loaf plain to see what people’s preferences were (In fact, that’s what I did with the batch of banana bread I photographed here, so you’ll notice some slices are plain and some contain chocolate chips). Chocolate chip banana bread won out every time, so I’m including chocolate chips in this recipe, even though the plain banana bread version can easily stand alone without them.

Chocolate chip banana bread

I hope you enjoy this banana-y delight! Happy baking!

Britter’s Bakery Updates

Still reading? Awesome! So, just wanted to sneak in a little update. I haven’t been posting as frequently as I would like, but trust me, I am definitely still baking a lot. I’ve had a few custom baking orders this summer that have been keeping me busy. Here are a few things I’ve been up to:

In July, my friend Skylor over at Smirk Photobooth Co. hired me to bake treats for her company’s first birthday party. You can hire her for any event for unlimited photos (digital and printed) with dozens of fun props to choose from. We couldn’t help but test out her photo booth!

Smirk Photobooth Co
Photo cred: Smirk Photobooth Co.
Smirk Photobooth Co
Photo cred: Smirk Photobooth Co.

 

Skylor had a professional photographer, Madeline, on site to capture the event, and she took a few beautiful photographs of the dessert table.

red velvet cake bites
Photo Cred: Madeline Metcalf
red velvet cake bites
Photo Cred: Madeline Metcalf

I made a few dozen red velvet cake bites (essentially a cake pop but without the stick) and red velvet mini cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for the event. Mmmm! They were so tasty! Many thanks to Madeline Metcalf for sharing these photos, and for loving these sweets as much as I did!

I also have been hired throughout the summer to bake several birthday cakes and baby shower cakes. Here’s a pic of a really fun cake I made for one of those orders: yellow funfetti cake inside, vanilla frosting on the outside covered in rainbow sprinkles!

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I wish I would have been able to get a shot of this cake with a slice cut out of it for the full effect, but I had to hand it off in mint condition for the b-day party. 🙂

Baked to Order

So, all that being said, please reach out if you’d like me to bake any sweet treats for your next special occasion. You can use my contact form to reach me initially (this helps weed out any spam). Can’t wait to hear from you!

With sprinkles on top,


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Key Lime Cheesecake with Nilla Wafer Crust

Hello, again! In early February my number one fan and I flew down to sunny Florida to visit my mom and her love interest for several days. This tropical trip inspired my latest recipe, Key Lime Cheesecake (with a Nilla wafer crust), which I will get to in just a minute after I share a few photos from our trip.

PART 1: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

We narrowly escaped ANOTHER bout of freezing rain at home to find ourselves basking in the sun (and humidity) among the Florida palm trees. It was the perfect escape.

Florida trip - Beware of Alligators Florida trip - Gulf of Mexico

We spent some time lounging at the neighborhood pool, a day at Bonita Beach, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, and spent an afternoon at the Naples Botanical Garden, soaking in the beautiful, tropical plant life we certainly don’t have here in Portland.

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The Naples Botanical Garden had a Butterfly Room, Orchid Garden, preserved wetlands and plants and flowers from all over the world. We saw plenty of pelicans, herons and even an alligator!

Florida trip - Naples Botanical Garden

There was so much lush vegetation here, we couldn’t stop taking pictures.

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PART 2: KEY WEST

Midweek we took a ferry down to Key West where we finished up the last few days of our sunny vacay. While in the Keys, we tried everything we could get our hands on that was flavored key lime: key lime pie (obviously), frozen drinks, key lime pie ice cream and even conch fritters with key lime aioli (bomb!).

Florida Trip - Key West 

Key West was absolutely beautiful, the epitome of paradise. I’ve never seen anything like a Key West sunset!

Florida trip - Key West

We enjoyed a little brunch on Duval street and got a kick out of all the iguanas that roamed the pool area of our hotel. We even caught one stopping for a drink out of the pool!

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Another sunset and shades, tourist tees and coconut drinks!

Florida Trip - Key West

THE RECIPE: KEY LIME CHEESECAKE

We reluctantly said goodbye to Key West, but I knew the trip would inspire me to make something new, incorporating the tangy key lime flavor you’ll find all over the island. I thought about making a key lime pie, but the ones we tried were so overly sweet, and maybe even too limey (if that’s a thing). I wanted to bake something key lime flavored but certainly wanted to cut back on the sweetness so I didn’t feel the need to put down my fork after two bites.

 

I decided to use my fave cheesecake recipe and adjust it for an added key lime flavor. My “baking assistant” suggested I try a Nilla wafer crust and I loved this idea as an alternative to the graham cracker crust I most likely would have used. The sweet vanilla cookie in the crust ended up pairing nicely with the tangy kick of the key lime cheesecake.

Key Lime Cheesecake with Nilla Wafer Crust

So, without further ado, here is how to make this creamy Key Lime Cheesecake with a Nilla Wafer Crust:

I hope you like it! Happy baking!

With sprinkles on top,
Love, Britt

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Blueberry Buckle

Hello, there. I’ve got the perfect tasty breakfast treat for you to bake this Sunday morning — Blueberry Buckle. This recipe is a sweet coffee cake sprinkled with fresh blueberries and topped with a crunchy brown sugar streusel. Serve warm with a mug of coffee and then please let me know how much you loved it!

Blueberry Buckle

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German Chocolate Caramel Bars

Hello, again! I’ve been looking forward to blogging about this weekend ALL. YEAR. LONG. My mom and I started an annual holiday season tradition where we spend an entire weekend together baking all of our Christmas cookies in one fell swoop.

Christmas Baking Weekend 2016 cookie platter

We start out by making a list of all our family’s traditional Christmas cookies that we simply HAVE to make

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Halloween Sugar Cookies

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Hello, cookie fiends! I wanted to share something a little more fun and festive today, especially with Halloween right around the corner ????. This is hands down my favorite sugar cookie and by far and away one of the top two favorite treats I make (according to coworkers and friends who’ve helped gobble up my baked goods over the years).

This is a family recipe we bust out for holidays, and I occasionally bust out for any reason at all. My mom has been making these cookies for 30+ years and got the recipe from her grandma

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Desserted Island Fruit Pie

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Hello, friends! I’m very excited to kick off my baking blog with you all – Britter’s Bakery! And, what better way to launch my blog “pilot” than by recreating the recipe that really got the baking juices bubbling, inspiring me to pursue my baking passion with a little more devotion – Desserted Island Fruit Pie.

Several months ago, I spent a long weekend in Seattle. I ate my way through the city, visiting

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