Chocolate and orange. They're an irresistible pair, especially in the form of a sweet breakfast pastry. A sprinkling of orange-sugar is a festive finishing touch that really brings out the flavor of these Double-Chocolate Orange Scones.
I don't know about you, but I am ready for some holiday baking! The past few days I've had all sorts of ideas swirling around in my head. The flavors that are highlighted this time of year are some of my very favorites. Gingerbread, peppermint, cranberry, cinnamon... so many possibilities. And there is always chocolate. Chocolate is a favorite any time of year!
The pairing of chocolate and orange is especially festive during the holiday season. ... [Continue Reading]
This Cranberry Orange Pecan Quick Bread is made with whole-wheat flour, honey, and Greek yogurt. A little bit tart, a little bit sweet, it's the perfect way to kick off cranberry season!
I feel like my mind should be on all things Thanksgiving, like new side dishes and desserts that I want to try out for the big meal. I'm just not quite there yet. Anyone else with me? We are still eating Halloween candy, after all. (Or at least my kids are. One piece a day. How long until I can disappear it all?)
I promise I'll try to think up some inventive Thanksgiving dishes soon, but in the meantime I'd rather focus on some healthy-ish baking. Last week I spotted fresh cranberries in my ... [Continue Reading]
These Cherry Cream Scones are the lightest, flakiest scones ever. They are melt-in-your-mouth good!
The weekend is near, and for many of us it means an end to Daylight Saving Time and a change of the clocks. While I don't enjoy the early darkness in the evenings, I do love gaining that extra hour once a year! It's amazing how much longer the day seems with the addition of just one hour. How will you spend your time? I will most likely spend it reading a book or baking something delicious. Of course. :)
I wanted to get this recipe to you before the weekend, just in case you need some baking inspiration. Baking a batch of these Cherry Cream Scones would be a perfect way to start your ... [Continue Reading]
Made with real cornmeal and corn kernels, these corn muffins really are the corniest. Spread a warm muffin with a little softened butter, and you won't be able to resist a second!
Yesterday I made a huge pot of turkey chili in my slow cooker. The day was a bit dreary, with cloudy skies and a light wind. With highs in the low 70's, it was as close to chili weather as it's been recently.
What better to serve with chili than corn muffins. The Corniest Corn Muffins, to be exact. I think the name alone makes these muffins taste a bit cornier. If you try them, you'll have to let me know if you agree. :)
I will admit that I've made quite a few batches of the just-add-water to a ... [Continue Reading]
Filled with pumpkin, spices, dried cranberries, and walnuts, these Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies are a great way to welcome fall. They're gluten-free and the perfect healthy breakfast or snack!
My new love... breakfast cookies. How can it be that a cookie made with such healthy ingredients still tastes so irresistible? Seriously, I cannot stop at just one of these. I forced myself to stop at two, but it was reeeaally hard (and I've got pretty good self-control when it comes to not overdoing it on the sweets). Julia helped herself to two and then asked for a third. This was after she told me she didn't want pumpkin in her breakfast cookies and wasn't going to have any. I said you can ... [Continue Reading]
Your regular ol' banana muffin gets a makeover with whole-wheat flour and three kinds of chocolate. These Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins will turn your so-so morning into a great one!
After a long week, I always look forward to a little baking therapy on the weekend. Most of the time I don't want anything too complicated or time-consuming, because the point is to rest up after a busy week, right? I want to save plenty of time for relaxing with a good book, hanging out at the pool with the kids, or going for a long walk.
Muffins are the perfect baking project when you crave something sweet and want it in your belly quickly. Especially these Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins. They ... [Continue Reading]
I'm totally addicted to this lemon ricotta cake with almond glaze. It is so moist and bursting with bright lemon flavor!
I just can't stop with this lemon ricotta cake. I've made it three times in a week. Well, partially that was because I was testing the recipe to make sure it was just right before sharing it with you. But really, I think I just wanted to keep eating it!
I have been on a huge lemon kick recently. Luckily my parents have a lemon tree and are always willing to share, because I've been going through lemons like crazy. I wanted this lemon cake to be bursting with bright lemon flavor, and I think I've succeeded. I added plenty of lemon juice and zest to both the cake ... [Continue Reading]
Ricotta cheese and raspberries combine in an amazingly soft and moist whole-wheat scone.
I know I've said this before, and I will say it again. I love scones. And I especially love these Whole-Wheat Raspberry Ricotta Scones. The secret to keeping these scones soft and moist is the ricotta cheese. Just like ricotta is great for adding creaminess to savory dishes, it also does wonderful things for baked goods. See also this ricotta orange pound cake, which incidentally is the all-time second most popular recipe on my site. I guess you guys share in the ricotta love!
Don't fret when you read the words whole-wheat in the name of these scones. I know, it's hard to believe that ... [Continue Reading]
Lightly sweet, with a touch of salt and plenty of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Brioche pretzels are sure to put a smile on your face.
You can consider these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, or snack time, as we did. For a very long time now, I have wanted to make chocolate croissants. I think it started when I was craving them while pregnant with William. Somehow, since then I've never found the time needed to make homemade croissants. I know, how can that be? But don't worry, these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels are the next best thing.
These pretzels are made of a very lightly sweetened brioche dough. Chopped chocolate chips- I used ... [Continue Reading]
Banana muffins are even better with crunchy granola and toasted walnuts. Enjoy these Granola Crunch Banana Muffins with your morning coffee!
By now, you are probably aware of my love of muffins. It's rare that I don't have a stash of them in my freezer, and I'm often developing new muffin recipes. As usual, I tried to keep these Granola Crunch Banana Muffins on the healthier side so that I can enjoy them often without the guilt. If you have any over-ripe bananas on your counter or in your freezer, now you know what to do with them!
I added some of my favorite homemade granola to the banana muffin batter and also sprinkled some granola on top for a little extra crunch. Unsweetened ... [Continue Reading]
Oh do I have a treat for you today! These little carrot cake oat muffins are ridiculously tasty, and good for you too! They are perfect for snacking or a grab and go breakfast, with plenty of whole grains to leave you feeling satisfied. Pair a muffin with a piece of fruit, some yogurt, or a hard boiled egg, and you'll be set to tackle your day!
These carrot cake muffins are made with white whole-wheat flour and old-fashioned oats. Applesauce keeps them moist and delicious and takes the place of most of the butter in the muffins. They are low in sugar, with only 10 grams per muffin. And let's not forget the carrots. These muffins are packed with veggies!
But really, the very first thing ... [Continue Reading]
It's the weekend between Christmas and New Year's, which in my house means lots of family time, a little relaxation, and lots of organizing and putting away of Christmas gifts. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope it was a very merry one, filled with plenty of family time and good food.
We had a quiet Christmas morning at home, sandwiched in between lots of time with our extended families. I love how magical the holiday season is when you can experience it through the eyes of your children. This year was the first year that Julia was excited to visit Santa and tell him what she wanted for Christmas. She was anxious to make sure that we placed our stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve, ... [Continue Reading]
Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Many of you are probably enjoying some yummy leftovers today, and you are likely thinking about holiday decorating, shopping, and more celebrations to come. I spent many hours in my kitchen over the past two days, but still couldn't keep myself from doing a little baking this morning. These Gingerbread Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect way to transition from Thanksgiving into the rest of the holiday season. They taste just like gingerbread and go wonderfully with a cup of coffee or tea.
I'm sure you have a packed weekend, whether it be braving the crowds at the mall, getting and decorating your tree, or attending a party or two, but I hope you find ... [Continue Reading]
Do you sometimes find yourself in the kitchen baking when you know you should be doing something else? Maybe the laundry is piled up, or the kitchen floor needs to be cleaned, or you have papers to correct, or all of the above? If so, then I think we understand each other. Sometimes you just need to put everything else on hold for a few minutes and bake something. Like doughnuts, right? Doughnuts should be the top priority, shouldn't they? That's what I convinced myself of on Saturday afternoon as soon as the kids went down for their naps/quiet time. I knew that there was probably a better use of my time at that moment than baking doughnuts, but I just really wanted to bake (and eat) ... [Continue Reading]
It's Friday- we made it! This week I am so ready for Friday to be here. It's been great to get to know my new students over the past few days, and I love the way a new school year is a fresh start to try new ideas, but I am exhausted. This first week of school business really takes it out of you. Plus, of course, I came down with a cold right at the beginning of the week, which made things much, much easier (sense a little sarcasm there, do you?).
After a long week, I like to wake up and have a relaxed weekend morning. What does a relaxed weekend morning mean around here? A cup of coffee, some quiet time, then breakfast and lots of playing with the kids. These Pecan Sour Cream biscuits ... [Continue Reading]
Mmmmm scones. Nothing goes quite so perfectly with a morning cup of coffee as a buttery, flaky scone. These Citrus Scones have it all- a flaky texture, hints of citrus, and a sweet lemon-lime glaze. Writing about them right now as I drink my morning cup of coffee, I really wish that I had one sitting here on a plate next to me, just waiting for me to nibble on.
These scones would be perfect to serve if you were having guests over for brunch. I would round out the menu with a colorful fruit salad and mini frittatas, and enjoy it all outside in the fresh air, if the weather was cooperative. Next time I make these, I think I will cut them smaller, possibly even making mini scones. Mini ... [Continue Reading]
It's been a while since I've made a loaf of banana bread. I've been on a big muffin kick lately, so whenever I found myself with a few over-ripe bananas, I baked them into muffins. This week, I decided to try a new banana bread recipe with my ripe bananas, and I cannot say enough about how much I love this bread. It is moist and has just the right amount of banana flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves add some warm spice, and then there is the brown butter. Oh yum.
From now on, when I want to bake up a loaf of banana bread, I will turn to this recipe. (Unless I'm in the mood for chocolate banana bread, in which case I will be making this.) Did I mention that this bread is quickly mixed up ... [Continue Reading]
Have you made a trip to your local farmer's market yet this season? I have not, but I can't wait. Maybe this weekend we'll make our first trip there. Visiting the farmer's market definitely makes me think of summer, and I am so looking forward to the summer months filled with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, days spent at the park and pool, and evenings spent relaxing outdoors. Plus there will be my summer break from teaching. I'm really ready for that, too. It will be nice to have more time to spend with the kids and to just not feel so rushed all of the time.
I wish I had made these muffins with fresh blueberries, but instead I made them with frozen because that's what I had ... [Continue Reading]