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Gilding the lily – sure, but why not? A little sweet milk for flavor, some sour cream for additional dairy fat (it’s not a dirty word, shame on you) and some buttermilk for the extra acid and rise it affords. Stone ground cornmeal is best – the rest is like yellow sawdust. Make this in a graniteware pie pan to authenticate Americana corn bread baking or use a 10 inch cast iron skillet (The Lodge, America's best know cast iron cookware makers offer the best cast iron skillets(a square one is another good choice for cornbread). Nowadays The Lodge cast iron classics come pre-seasoned – for the prettiest cornbread ever, check out www.Lodgemfg.com)

Two English inventions (scones and nippy dry mustard such as Coleman's) come together quite  nicely. Don't spare the cheese - measure a bit more and it's fine and don't spare the quality either. Opt for a flavorful, strong orange Cheddar. These scones are lofty, golden-crusted and buttery - pure heaven. Perfect with a good cuppa Breakfast tea or a fine Assam.

You might call this a coffeecake with all the wonderful elements and flavors of soda bread. Moist, fine-grained and a good keeper. It is an Americanized soda bread and a great introduction for neophytes. If you have some Kerry's Irish Gold butter, this would be over the top delicious but American or Canadian sweet butter is just fine.

This is a staple that is respun. If you want your banana loaf plain and simple, omit that riveting ripple of coffee nut streusel that streaks through it. If using this streusel, omit the walnuts later on in the cake batter.

Rustic and comforting sweetness in a scone.

These yeasted scones are an adaptation of a recipe given to me by George Fenn. According to George, the bakery was started by the late Don Lloyd in 1949 and they were/are renown for Don's Scones. In summer they make hundreds of these daily and  this part of Muskoka loves them; this recipe should make a fan out of you too. These are not quite scones, not quite a swet roll but something totally different. They are best fresh but incredible toasted; they are simply wonderful, lightly sweet, buttery pillows that have scone taste and look with a sweet bun attitude.  I would also try this recipe with raisins or dried cranberries and a touch of vanilla.

These are not quite scones, not quite rolls but quick and easy deeply cheddared buns. They are best fresh but incredible toasted.

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