Category: Baked Goods

Cranberry Orange Scones with Cardamom and Toasted Pecans

Cranberry Orange Scones with Cardamom and Toasted Pecans
Scones….done right…their flaky texture is irresistible. This recipe will walk you through how to master the technique and these cranberry orange scones will become a holiday staple…

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins with Fresh Nutmeg

Ingredients
‘Tis the season for pumpkin…these muffins, more like a dessert, will be gone as soon as you pull them out of the oven…when they have perfect little melty bites of chocolate throughout each one..

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Banana-Blueberry, Oatmeal Muffins with Toasted Almond Topping

Banana-Blueberry, Oatmeal Muffins with Toasted Almond Topping

I am always in need of a great recipe to use up those over-ripe bananas I have on the counter or the ones that are starting to seriously multiply in my freezer.  If you are like me in this way, banana-blueberry, oatmeal muffins with toasted almond topping is your answer.  These muffins are bursting with banana flavor along with juicy, fresh blueberries and a hint of cinnamon.  The toasted almonds on the top along with the oatmeal in the muffin make for an incredible texture in your bite.  Bake these up and they, along with that stock-pile of bananas in you freezer will be gone before you know it.  (more…)

Maple, Oatmeal, Almond Granola with Cinnamon and Craisins

Maple, Oatmeal, Almond Granola with Cinnamon and Craisins
WARNING, your house will smell AMAZING when you make this. A few ingredients and this will be your response to, “what can we have for a snack?”

Granola, so good as a topping for yogurt, alone in a bowl with some milk or just as a plain handful.  This recipe for maple, oatmeal, almond granola is easy, makes a ton and like I said, it will make your house smell AMAZING!!   Yes, you can buy all different kinds of granola in grocery stores and specialty food shops so why make your own??  Here’s why….you control what ingredients go into this one and you won’t need any sort of stabilizer or ingredient you cannot identify.  As an added bonus this one is packing nutrition with lots of fiber from the oatmeal and healthy fats and protein from the almonds and pepitas. (more…)

Rhubarb Streusel

This is the one, you know from that worn, tattered, church cookbook that everyone LOVES…this is that recipe.  My mom has been making this since I can remember and it never fails that there is a pan of this on her counter at all times during the summer.  I now make it for my family and friends and it is a favorite here as well.  Rest-assured this may be the ONLY recipe I will use Jello  in, but it is a must here to provide a “jammy” layer to the dessert.  Rhubarb is a sure sign Spring is here to stay despite a MN, May 1st snowfall.   Grab some from a neighbor or from your local market, you won’t be sorry!! (more…)

Le Bete Noire

DECADENT…that is all.

THIS is the chocolate cake you want to make when you really want to impress.  I recently made this one for my mom for her 70th birthday and it is truly divine.  I can’t take credit for this one, but I learned of it from a wonderful establishment here in Minneapolis, the Wilde Roast Café.  It is quite easy to make and can be made a day or 2 ahead of time.  Cheers!! (more…)

White Bread

WOW your loved ones with the mouth-watering aroma of homemade bread…

I know…I know…white bread is shameful.  No, it’s not!  Once in a while it is a wonderful, delicious baked good that will make your house smell amazing for hours.  This recipe is fool proof, even if you have never made bread before.  I have subbed some whole wheat flour at times, but it is not an even swap. You will have to rely on consistency of the dough and if you feel comfortable doing that go for it, otherwise it is a fabulous recipe as is.   This is great with that homemade soup you are going to make, as the base for a BLT dinner or with a good smear of PB and honey.  Enjoy friends!! (more…)