Monday, August 31, 2015

Whole Wheat Scones with Broccoli Cheese Soup

Hello Dear Friends, 
I hope that you had a lovely weekend! 

It has finally rained here, 
which has made everyone
very happy, especially
the parched and thirsty trees. 

You can practically hear 
them sighing with relief! 

With the rain, came cooler temperatures, 
which put me in the mood for 
a bowl of Broccoli Cheese Soup
and Whole Wheat Scones

The soup is a slimmed down version
with only 140 calories per serving, 
but with all the flavor and satisfaction! 

I have been trying to incorporate 
more whole grains into my baking
and these scones are flaky and delicious. 

So take a seat and I will cook for you! 
(I'll post the recipes at the end)

Simple ingredients for a flavorful soup! 

There is something very satisfying 
in preparing soup home-made. 

You know everything that goes into it! 

To begin, chop the broccoli
into small, bite sized pieces. 

You will also need chopped onion. 
I like sweet onion:)

Washington State grows its own 
delicious sweet onion called 

There are even festivals honoring this onion! 

Chopped celery 
makes up the rest of the veggies. 

Add these to the chicken broth 
and bring to a boil. 

Reduce the heat and simmer until 
veggies are tender. 

Soup simmering on the stove.....

Wonderful on a rainy day! 

Grated cheese, milk, thyme and cornstarch
to thicken. 

I used Swiss cheese, but you could
use any cheese you like! 

I also add a little fat-free half and half for flavor. 

Here's the recipe:

Broccoli Cheese Soup 

Serves 6-8

2 lg heads chopped broccoli
2 lg stalks chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
32 oz chicken broth
8 oz grated Swiss cheese
4 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp dried thyme
 2 cups low fat milk
1/2 cup fat-free half and half (if desired)
salt and pepper to taste

Place vegetables and broth in soup pot, 
bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook until
vegetables are tender. 

In a medium bowl combine milk, half and half, 
cornstarch, thyme, and salt and pepper. 
Whisk thoroughly and add to soup pot. 

Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly.
(you might need to increase heat)

Cook 1 minute more. 

Remove from heat and add cheese, stirring
until melted. 

Keep warm on low heat while preparing scones. 

Whole Wheat Scones:

Bake at 350 degrees - 35 min. 

1 cup whole wheat flour
2+1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2+1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1+1/2 cups chopped dried fruit such as
apricots, currents, or cherries
(I used whole golden raisins)
2/3 cup buttermilk
cream or milk for brushing on scones
sugar for sprinkling on top

Combine flours, salt and baking powder in large 
mixing bowl. Add butter and cut in
 until crumbly and lumpy. 
Add dried fruit and buttermilk. 
Mix just until combined. 

On floured surface, pat dough into 8 inch round.
Cut into 8 triangles. Place 1/2 inch apart 
on lightly buttered baking sheet.

At this point you can cover and place in 
refrigerator for later, or overnight, if you like.  

I used a buttered cast-iron fry pan.

Brush with milk or cream
and sprinkle with sugar. 

 Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes 
until golden and cooked through. 

Oh my! So good! 

Flaky and delicious! 



Today I am linking with:

Cooking and Crafting with J&J

Won't you join the fun? 


  1. It's all dark and rainy here, I could just do with some of your delicious soup. :-)

  2. The smoke has finally cleared and cooler weather is on its way here and this would be the perfect meal! I may just have to make it this week in celebration. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by!


  3. Mmmm... what a tasty and cozy meal, my friend. It has been raining here since last night and this would have been perfect for supper :)

    May you have a splendid week, sweet Karen. Hugs to you!

  4. Sounds simple and looks sooo delicious! There's nothing better than a yummy bowl of soup and fresh baked bread. Delicious!

  5. All bright and sunny outside but will keep in mind for next winter.

  6. Hi Karen, thank goodness you received some much needed rain but I hear you had wind too? We are just getting over from having a heat wave down here in southern California. Still no rain...Thank you for sharing such yummy recipes. I'm going to try them for sure. I love scones anytime of day. I so enjoyed your posts about your daughter's lovely cottage and your trip back east. I hope that you and your family are all doing well. My best to you, Pat xx

  7. That soup is a favorite of mine. Looks delicious!

  8. This sounds so amazing! YUM! I've pinned it!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  9. Yes, it is wonderful to get rain and cooler weather. Not only the plants and trees were crying for it, my heart was too. Yay, I am so happy. And yes, broccoli cheese soup is a perfect meal for this weather. I have just the right ingredients already so I plan on making this soon.

  10. Hi Karen,
    thank you for this so delicious recipe! Wonderful for coming autumn! I surely will try this !
    Have a lovely week, my dear friend,
    sending Love and hugs and blessings!
    Claudia xo

  11. Hi Karen,
    Wow the broccoli soup and scones look so yummy. Thanks so much for joining and sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    I hope you have a nice week.
    Julie xo

  12. Hello, dear Karen!
    Your recipes are always delicious and the photos you share are gorgeous.
    Thank you! xx

  13. Oh Mrs Karen,
    Yum yum yum! They look so inviting! and the soup just perfect for the wether.
    Thank you for sharing this to us.
    I love the simple ingredients.

  14. Thanks Karen! I am going to give these recipes a try when our weather gets cooler. We are expecting 90's this week:(

  15. What a delight this post was! I've saved your recipes they look delicious!

    Right now down here in s.e. FL it is 86 and with the humidity it feels like 103, not nice weather.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

  16. Umm, looks so good. And with the cooler weather getting here soon, I always love a good soup. And cheesy broccoli is one of my favorites. But I have never made it homemade like this yet. But I think I will give it a try.
    PS. Love the hanging mason jar above your stove! I have tons of jars and love them in all kinds of places.

  17. Today the wind is blowing cool... though the sky is blue and sunny, you feel the hints of autumn. Which makes your soup and scones post perfect. Both look delicious.

    Wishing you a beautiful day and wonderful September ahead...

  18. Your soup and scones sound delicious, just the sort of meal that we will all be looking forward to as we head into autumn! Glad that it rained for you, I hope that it has done some good and helped to put out or at least ease some of the fires. xx

  19. Hi dear Karen!! Both of these recipes look scrummy!!

    Of course - just in time for back to school it's been hot here again (80's). Poor kiddos aren't going to like being cooped up in school. Lol But I know it won't last and I'll be looking forward to hearty warming dishes again soon. Think I'll get some final grilling in for these hot days though. There is something so therapeutic about making homemade soup though. I'm with you there!

    Blessings for a beautiful Fall as it comes and yay for rain and cooler temps your way!! xoxo

  20. What a perfect meal for a rainy day, Karen! I'm happy that you had some rain, and yet we are still waiting. I'll try your soup when the weather turns cooler. However, the scones I would love any time! Thanks for sharing your heartwarming meal with us.

  21. yummy scones...indeed and I love Broccoli cream soup as well.. Got rain here too...happy dance!!

  22. I love broccoli soup and scones! Thank you for sharing the recipes. Will definitely make. We are still waiting for rain, but it's supposed to be nice and warm all week. I don't mind though.
    Enjoy the rest your week. Diane

  23. It looks yummy! I'm keeping the idea for cooler days.


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