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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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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

November 16, 2016

We recently celebrated a Friendsgiving, complete with seven babies. I wanted to bring a dessert that was easy to eat one-handed, so I adapted this pumpkin pie cupcake recipe and it worked great! It tastes a lot like pumpkin pie but in a cupcake form. If you really like the smooth custardy consistency of pumpkin pie, this probably won’t be your favorite dish. However, it has all the same flavors and doesn’t require a fork!

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You will need:

  • 1 can (15 oz) pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1/2 t ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 c flour
  • Whipped cream (Optional)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the pumpkin together with the sugars, eggs, vanilla, evaporated milk, salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and cinnamon.
  3. Whisk in the flour.
  4. Scoop 1/4 c of the batter into each muffin cup.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 25 minutes.
  7. Gently remove from the pan and allow to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  8. If desired, top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg before serving.
  9. Extras should be refrigerated.

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Fig and Pepper Bread

September 28, 2016

I love baking bread. There isĀ  something very satisfying about mixing all the ingredients, kneading them into a smooth dough, and then allowing the bread to slowly fill your house with all sorts of comforting scents. I always have difficulty waiting until fresh bread cools enough to eat. This recipe is no exception. I recommend it warm with some creamy goat cheese, prosciutto and a little honey.

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You will need:

  • 2 1/4 t (1 packet) dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 c warm water
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 c coarsely chopped figs (I used a package of dried, but fresh figs would be a light and fresh option)

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Allow to proof for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in the olive oil, flours, salt and pepper until the dough starts to come away from the sides.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Oil a large bowl, place the dough inside and turn to coat lightly.
  5. Cover the bowl with a damp towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, roughly 1 hour.
  6. Punch the dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
  7. Gently knead the figs into the dough, a handful at a time to get an even distribution.
  8. Form the dough into a loaf (roughly 10 inches long by 4 inches wide).
  9. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  10. Slice three lines diagonally into the top.
  11. Allow to rise in a warm place, another 15-30 minutes.
  12. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  13. Bake the bread for 45-55 minutes, or until it is lightly golden and sounds hollow when you tap the bottom.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
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Maple Dijon Pork Roast with Apples and Sweet Potato

August 17, 2016

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This is a great dinner, in part because your side dish cooks with it! It fills your house with the smells of maple, mustard, and roasting veggies and pork. Once you pop everything in the oven, there is very little work left to do. This means you can enjoy a glass of wine with friends before breaking bread with them.

You will need:

  • 2-3 lb pork roast
  • 5 T Dijon mustard
  • 3 T maple syrup
  • 1/2 c olive oil, divided
  • 1 t ground pepper, divided
  • 1/2 t salt, divided
  • 3 granny smith apples, cored and quartered
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • 1/4 t chili powder

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Pat the pork dry.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, maple syrup, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and 1/4 t salt.
  4. Coat the outside of the pork with about 3/4 of the sauce. Reserve the extra sauce.
  5. Place the pork on a roasting rack in a large baking dish.
  6. Bake the pork roast for 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, toss the apples, sweet potato and onion with the remaining 1/4 c olive oil, 1/2 t pepper, 1/4 t salt, paprika, garlic powder, cinnamon, cumin, and chili powder.
  8. Remove the roasting rack from the pan and return the pork roast to the baking dish.
  9. Spread the apple and sweet potato mixture around the pork.
  10. Reduce oven temperature to 450 degrees.
  11. Return the baking dish to the oven.
  12. Roast for another 20-30 minutes, stirring the apples and sweet potato mixture at least once and brushing the pork with the extra sauce with 10-15 minutes left on the baking time. Pork should reach 120-130 degrees before you take it out of the oven.
  13. Remove from the oven. Allow the pork to rest at least 10 minutes before slicing.
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Blackberry Mint Limeade

July 14, 2016

Summer sun goes perfectly with chilly, tart citrus drinks like lemonade and limeade. Adding blackberries here gives it some extra sweetness, while the mint makes the drink even more refreshing.

You will need:

  • 3 pints fresh blackberries
  • 6 c water, divided
  • 4 oz (~1/2 c) fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 c fresh lime juice (from about 8-10 limes)

Then you will…

  1. In a blender, puree the blackberries with one cup of the water.
  2. Strain the blackberries through a fine sieve into a large pitcher or bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the mint and sugar with one cup of water. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  4. Strain the syrup to remove the mint leaves.
  5. Pour the mint syrup into the blackberry mixture.
  6. Add the lime juice and remaining 4 cups of water.
  7. Stir and serve over ice!

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Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal

June 10, 2016

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No cook, overnight oatmeal seems to be increasingly popular these days. You mix it together the night before, pop it in your fridge, and end up with an easy breakfast the next morning. It’s fun for two reasons: 1) you can mix up quite a few different flavor combinations and 2) who doesn’t like a cool breakfast in the spring and summer? This recipe makes about 4 portions.

You will need:

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 c slow cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 4-5 oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 c chopped pecans

Then you will…

  1. In a medium bowl, combine everything but the pecans.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Divide into four portions in containers with lids.
  4. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Stir in the pecans and enjoy! (Note: you could add the pecans the night before, but they will absorb some of the liquid. If you want them to stay crunchy, add them in the morning).
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