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Banana Pancakes

October 13, 2017

20170917 Banana PancakesR really loves pancakes and bananas, so we made some banana pancakes the other weekend as a treat. They also freeze well after you cool them, so that you can defrost in the microwave for a quick toddler breakfast before school or work.

You will need:

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1 c milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 3 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 T sugar
  • 2 t baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 c flour

Then you will…

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the banana with the milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and melted butter.
  2. Whisk in the sugar, baking powder and pinch of salt.
  3. Gently stir in the flour, just until mixed.
  4. Warm a nonstick pan over medium heat. Lightly grease with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Drop the batter onto the pan to get your desired size. They will puff up, so be sure to leave space between the pancakes. We made silver dollar pancakes with about 2-3 tablespoons per pancake.
  6. Cook until the edges look like they are starting to set and there are small holes on the top, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Flip and allow to finish cooking through until golden brown, about another 2 minutes.
  8. You will likely need to cook in batches, so you can always preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and keep the pancakes warm on a cookie sheet until you are done.
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Puff Pastry Quiche with Spinach and Cheese

February 27, 2017

There are many great things about this recipe. First, you get to use puff pastry, which is flaky and buttery. Then you get to make quiche that is portable and easily customized, which makes this perfect for brunch or households where tastes vary. You can always mix up the egg base and set out a “filling bar” so hungry diners can choose-their-own meal adventure.

This recipe will give you a dozen muffin-sized quiches and a dozen mini quiches. You will likely have some extra filling mixture at the end too, which is perfect for making a quick egg scramble!

You will need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 c fat-free half and half
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 c frozen chopped spinach, thawed with the extra water squeezed out
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 c shredded cheese (I used a cheddar-jack blend)
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed according to the directions

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Set a regular and a mini-sized muffin tin on the counter to the side. Lightly grease the tins.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together with the half and half, garlic powder, pepper, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes until light and airy.
  3. Stir in the spinach, onion and cheese (or whatever fillings you want…be creative!).
  4. Set aside.
  5. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and cut into 9 pieces (3×3). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular sized muffin tin well.
  6. Unfold the second piece of puff pastry. Cut one-third of it into 3 pieces; these should be roughly equal in size to what you just cut. Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular muffin tin well.
  7. At this point you should have a dozen regular-sized muffin tin wells lined with puff pastry. The next step will line a dozen mini-sized muffin tin wells.
  8. Cut the remaining puff pastry into 12 pieces (3×4). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press into the mini muffin tin wells.
  9. Pour a little water into any unused mini muffin tin wells to protect them while baking.
  10. Gently spoon the egg mixture into each lined muffin tin well. The egg will rise a little, so you do not need to fill it to the top of the well. I recommend filling to about 2/3 full.
  11. Bake until the egg center is not wet/jiggly in the middle and the puff pastry is golden. It will take about 12-17 minutes for the mini quiches and another 5 or so for the regular muffin-sized ones. Check frequently near the end.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing. Finish cooling on a wire rack until they are cool enough to eat.

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Bread

February 13, 2017

This sweet treat is a crowd pleaser. I baked it as a thank you for some coworkers, and the whole loaf was almost gone in the first few minutes.

You will need:

  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 c cranberries, fresh or frozen

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9×5 loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with the cream cheese and sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Mix in the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  5. Mix in the flour just until combined.
  6. Gently fold in the cranberries.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until golden and a tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before flipping out onto a wire rack to continue cooling.
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Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

January 30, 2017

I made these for a new year’s brunch; they were quick to bake the day prior and tasted great. I love the pumpkin and warming spices. I am also a huge fan of tart cranberries. I had some leftover fresh cranberries from Thanksgiving that I’d frozen. You could use them whole, but I decided to chop them up slightly in the food processor.

You will need:

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c brown sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 T + 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 c old-fashioned oats

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin tray with paper liners.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of melted butter with 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
  3. Stir in the eggs and pumpkin puree, whisking until smooth.
  4. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, the nutmeg, the ginger, the cloves, and the baking soda.
  5. Mix in the flour until just combined.
  6. Fold in the cranberries.
  7. Spoon batter into the muffin cups until each one is about 3/4 of the way full.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the 5 tablespoons room temperature butter with the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar, the tablespoon of cinnamon, and the oats.
  9. Crumble the topping on each of the muffins. Gently press into the top.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and a tester in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan and then remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.

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Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

August 25, 2016

Growing up in New England, my family frequently went blueberry picking. Fresh blueberries, hot from the sun, are delicious. This overnight oatmeal recipe is chock full of blueberries for a refreshing breakfast. While the below recipe is dairy-free, you can always substitute regular yogurt and milk if you wanted. This makes roughly 4 generous portions.

You can also test out the banana nut, chocolate coconut, chocolate peanut butter, or tropical summer versions!

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
  • 10 oz coconut milk yogurt
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 4 T honey
  • 2 1/2 c soy milk
  • 2 pints fresh blueberries
  • 1 c chopped pecans, toasted

Then you will…

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients, except for the nuts.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Stir and serve topped with nuts.
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Tropical Summer Overnight Oats

August 9, 2016

I love the summer. All the sun is a perfect match for pineapple, coconut and the beach. This is a no-cook overnight oatmeal that has all the fun flavors of summer. The below recipe is dairy-free. However you could substitute regular yogurt and milk if you wanted. This makes roughly 4 generous portions. Pineapple or coconut not your thing? Check out the banana nut, chocolate coconut, or chocolate peanut butter versions!

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You will need:

  • 2 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
  • 4 T honey
  • 1 pineapple, cored and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can (14 oz) lite coconut milk
  • 1 c soy milk
  • 1 c sweetened coconut, shredded
  • 1/2 c sliced almonds
  • 1/2 c chopped macadamia nuts

Then you will…

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients, except for the nuts.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Stir and serve topped with nuts.
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Brown Butter Granola

June 27, 2016

D and I eat a fair amount of granola. I kept thinking, “why haven’t I tried to make my own?” Then I would forget about it until the next time I was picking up granola at the store. This is a basic recipe that can be tailored based on your tastes; use your favorite nuts and add in whatever dried fruits get you excited.

You will need:

  • 8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 3 T pure maple syrup
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 c nuts (I recommend pecans or walnuts)
  • 2 c slow cooking old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c coconut flakes
  • 1/2 c unsweetened chocolate chips or chunks
  • 3/4 c dried fruit, chopped (I used a mix of apricots and cherries)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. I recommend one with sides.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Allow the butter to foam and then brown, stirring regularly, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Pour the browned butter into a small mixing bowl. Whisk in the brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pinch of salt.
  4. Pulse the nuts in a food processor until coarse ground.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the nuts with the oats and coconut flakes.
  6. Stir in the browned butter mixture. Mix well.
  7. Spread the granola on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake 45-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven when golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool on the baking sheet.
  10. Break apart into a large mixing bowl.
  11. Mix in the chocolate and dried fruit.
  12. The granola will keep for about one week in an airtight container.

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