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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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Greek Yogurt Ranch

January 8, 2017

Not everyone likes ranch, but if you do, try out this recipe. It can be used as a dip or a sauce, and it tastes even better if you let it sit overnight.

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You will need:

  • 1 c plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • 1/2 t dried dill
  • 1/2 t dried garlic powder
  • 3/4 t dried onion powder
  • 1/2 t dried chives
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Mix everything together in a small bowl, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.

Note: if you want a thinner dip/sauce, slowly mix in milkĀ  until you reach the desired consistency.

 

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Baked Ricotta Parmesan Dip

September 6, 2016

This is an easy to pull together appetizer or party snack. It is deliciously cheesy, and the lemon and herbs help lighten it as a dish. We served it with some grilled bread, but it would just as good with some crackers. Be creative!

You will need:

  • 16 oz ricotta
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1/3 c grated Parmesan
  • 2 T fresh thyme, roughly chopped
  • 2 t fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
  3. Spread into a small baking dish, ideally about 9-inches wide.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.
  5. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before serving.

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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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Grapefruit Curd Tea Cake

May 19, 2016

We get a box of fruit delivered every month. This month’s delivery had some gorgeous grapefruits. Since D and I drink lots of tea, I decided to make an afternoon tea cake that highlighted the yumminess of the grapefruit.

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You will need:

  • 3 grapefruits, zested and juiced (strain out the seeds; you should have roughly 1 cup of juice)
  • 17 T unsalted butter, room temperature and divided
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 t + pinch of salt, divided
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • Powdered sugar

Then you will…

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the grapefruit juice to a simmer and reduce until it is about a half cup in volume. Remove from heat.
  2. In a medium heatproof bowl (e.g., metal), cream together 5 tablespoons of the butter with 1/2 cup of the sugar until fluffy and well combined.
  3. Whisk in the egg yolks and two eggs until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the pinch of salt and lime juice. It won’t be smooth, which is fine.
  5. Whisk in the grapefruit juice.
  6. Bring a few inches of water to a simmer in a small saucepan. Place the bowl with the grapefruit mixture on top to create a double boiler.
  7. Whisk for about 10 minutes until the sugars dissolve, the mixture smooths out, and it thickens to a pudding-like consistency. This creates the grapefruit curd.
  8. Remove the curd from the heat and whisk in a third of the grapefruit zest. Set the curd aside.
  9. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch springform with parchment paper. Grease the pan and set aside on top of a baking sheet.
  10. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the remaining 12 tablespoons of butter, 3/4 c sugar, and leftover grapefruit zest until well combined and fluffy.
  11. Whisk in half of the grapefruit curd.
  12. Whisk in the remaining three eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  13. Whisk in the baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the flour until well combined.
  14. Spread the batter in the prepared springform.
  15. Top with the remaining curd.
  16. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until a tester in the center comes out clean.
  17. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing the cake from the springform and transferring to a wire rack.
  18. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with your favorite tea.

 

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Baked Oatmeal-Cranberry Apples

February 4, 2016

We used to have baked apples as an afternoon school snack; it was a treat best enjoyed in the fall and winter on a cool day. This variant can be prepped ahead of time and then popped in the oven just before you want them. If you have extra filling and topping, don’t fret! Place it in a little baking dish and cook alongside the apples to get a mini apple crisp.

You will need:

  • 4 apples (I used honeycrisp)
  • 4 T unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 c brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 c walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 c dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 4 T flour
  • 1/4 c old-fashioned oats
  • Pinch of salt

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking dish with foil.
  2. Using a spoon, core and scoop out the middle of each apple. You want to leave at least a 1/4 inch of the sides left and no more than a 1/2 inch from the bottom. This will create a shell to fill and bake.
  3. Discard the seeds and pieces with core. Cut off any peel from the apple bits.
  4. In a small sauce pan, combine the apple bits with 2 tablespoons of the butter, 1/4 cup of the brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon, the nutmeg, walnuts and cranberries.
  5. Heat over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes. The apple should be tender and most juice cooked off. Remove from heat.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, oats, remaining brown sugar, salt and remaining cinnamon.
  7. Cut the remaining two tablespoons of butter into rough pieces. Cut the butter into the dry ingredient mixture until it is integrated and crumbly.
  8. Fill the apple shells with the apple-walnut filling.
  9. Top generously with the crumb topping.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the topping is golden and crispy.
  11. Serve warm with a little ice cream (or even fresh cream or yogurt!).

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