Cinnamon Babka

This is a rich buttery yeast bread (almost cake or dessert), full of cinnamon flavor. It’s not hard to make, just takes a little time, and so worth the wait!

Cinnamon Babka

Babka Dough
1/2 cup whole milk (heat to 110°)
1½ tsp yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks (reserve egg whites, 1 for filling & 1 for top of loaf)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbl butter, softened

Cinnamon Filling
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 Tbl butter, melted and cooled
1 egg white
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

In bowl of mixer with dough hook, pour heated milk. Sprinkle yeast over milk, sprinkle sugar over yeast, and let sit until yeast is activated and bubbly. Add egg yolks, egg, and vanilla; mix. Add flour and salt; mix about 3 minutes. Increase mixer speed to medium and softened butter in pieces, one piece at a time. Mix until butter is incorporated and dough smooth, about 5 minutes. Turn dough out into a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until at least doubled (probably about 2 hours).

Mix cinnamon filling ingredients and set aside. Turn risen dough out onto well floured surface. Using enough flour so dough doesn’t stick, roll out into a 12″x16″ rectangle. Gently spread cinnamon filling evenly over surface of dough. Roll up starting from short side and pinch seam. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut all the way down the center of your dough cylinder (use flour on knife to help keep from sticking). Turn both halves of dough so filling is facing up. Twist one half over the other starting in the middle to the end (keeping cut edges facing up) and twist other end from center to the end. Tuck ends under and loaf together to length of loaf pan. Liberally grease loaf pan and carefully lift loaf into pan. Cover and let rise about 1½ hours.

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly beat the one reserved egg white until frothy. Gently brush over risen loaf and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired. Bake about 45 minutes. Cool in pan on cooling rack about 20 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely for clean, neat slices.

Cinnamon Babka 1  Cinnamon Babka 2

Cinnamon Babka 3  Cinnamon Babka 4

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Chocolate Orange Fudge Cake

A rich, fudgy, moist chocolate cake with a hint of orange. I put gauche on top but next time I will just sprinkle it with powdered sugar. The cake can totally stand alone with it’s incredible flavor. You might want to grab some vanilla ice cream and a glass of milk!

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1 Devil’s Food cake mix
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
4 eggs
1 (small) pkg instant chocolate pudding
2 Tbl fine orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 (12oz) pkg semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray and flour a bundt or tube pan. Combine cake mix, sour cream, oil water, eggs, pudding mix, orange juice, orange zest, and cinnamon. Mix with electric mixer on low until blended. Beat on medium for 4 minutes. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, invert onto cooling rack and cool completely. To serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with glaze if desired.

Other Ways to get Your Chocolate Fix:

Chocolate Nutella Granola     Brick Street Cafe Chocolate Cake 2

Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts     Chocolate Snack Cake

Chocolate Fudge Pie     Brownie Cookies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Chocolate Zucchini Bread     Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls 1     Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Marshmallow

Double Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread     Chocolate Sheet Cake

Coconut Cake

This is an easy recipe that tastes sensational!

coconut-cake

1 white cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1½ cups cold milk
1 (15oz) can Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut (in mixer section at grocery store)
1½ cup whipping cream
1 cup coconut

Preheat oven to 350°. With electric mixer, mix cake mix, eggs, oil, and milk for 2 minutes. Pour into sprayed 9″x13″ baking pan. Bake for 28-32 minutes, until done in center. Remove from oven and poke all over cake with chopstick or skewer. Mix the cream of coconut and spoon all over the top of cake, letting it soak down into holes. Let cake cool to room temperature. Whip the whipping cream, sweeten with a little powdered sugar and spread evenly over top of cake. Sprinkle coconut evenly over top of whipped cream. Keep cake in refrigerator. Serve with berries or other garnish.

Brick Street Cafe Chocolate Cake

I am hoping to visit South Carolina someday, but for now I will settle for a big chocolate taste of the South. The Brick Street Cafe is in Greenville, SC and is famous for their cakes and pies. This recipe is said to be their cake named “The Best Chocolate Cake I’ve Ever Had”, it is definitely fudgy, chocolatey amazing!

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Cake:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 large eggs
2½ cups cake flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Liberally spray a bundt or tube pan. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and sugar.  Mix in vanilla and eggs. Add cake flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and buttermilk; mix thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 30 minutes, turn oven heat down to 325° and bake 30-40 minutes more. Test with cake tester. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto cooling rack and cool completely.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
3½ cups powdered sugar
2-4 Tbl heavy cream

In sauce pan over medium heat, melt and stir together butter, water, and vanilla. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa. Stir in powdered sugar. Stir in cream one tablespoon at a time, to achieve a creamy yet pour-able frosting to spread over top of cake and run slowly down the side and puddle. There is a lot of frosting, you can put half on and wait a bit for that to set up and then pour the remaining over frosting over (microwave the remaining frosting a few seconds to get it liquid enough to pour).

Poppy Seed Cake

This is an easy throw together cake that looks simply beautiful. This is a revised version of our family favorite growing up. Revised because the original recipe uses a yellow cake mix and about four years ago cake mixes were downsized. So, this is it, new and improved. So moist and tasty, no frosting needed (or fork, pick up a piece and eat!). Of course, if you so desire, a drizzle of chocolate and a scoop of ice cream never hurts anything. Enjoy!

Poppy Seed Cake

1 yellow cake mix
1 (oz) pkg instant vanilla pudding
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
5 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup water
2 tsp almond extract
1/3 cup poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, pudding, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, mix eggs, sour cream, oil, pineapple juice, water, and almond extract. Pour egg mixture into dry mixture and mix with electric mixer until well combined. Mix in poppy seeds. Pour into well sprayed bundt pan. Bake 55-60 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Turn out of pan onto cooling rack and continue cooling. Level the bottom with serrated knife (early taste treat!) for even surface to invert onto serving plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Other Bundts:

Intense Chocolate Bundt Cake   Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake 2   Nutter Butter Snack Cake

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake   Banana Cream Bundt Cake 1

Sensible Chocolate Cake

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day! If you didn’t know it, now you do, get out there and eat chocolate cake! Here’s my problem, I live in a small household now (less eaters), I have very little self-control, and I love to bake! It is a problem! Well, this cake recipe helps a little. If you make things smaller then there is less to eat, so very sensible. So, while you are out today looking for chocolate cake, go buy yourself two 6″ round cake pans and we’ll make smaller cakes together. It’s the sensible thing to do.

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Chocolate Cake
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350°. With electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, sour cream, and milk. Mix until all ingredients are whipped together. Divide batter evenly into two sprayed and floured 6″ round baking pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Nutella Buttercream Frosting
4 Tbl butter, softened
1/3 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 Tbl milk

With electric mixer, whip butter and Nutella. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk one tablespoon at a time to desired frosting consistency. Spread frosting on top of first cake layer, place second layer over frosting and frost sides and top of cake.

Cranberry & White Chocolate Scones

A warm scone on a cold winter morning, lovely.

Cranberry & White Chocolate Scones

Cranberry & White Chocolate Scones 1    Cranberry & White Chocolate Scones 2    Cranberry & White Chocolate Scones 3

2½ cups flour
3 Tbl sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter, cold, cut in pieces
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped frozen cranberries tossed in 2 tsp sugar

Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheet with silpat, parchment or spray. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. In small bowl, stir together milk, egg, and vanilla. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients, mix to incorporate. Mix in white chocolate and cranberries. Mixture will look dry. At this point I use my hands to bring all together, knead slightly to form a ball (don’t work too much or your warm hands will melt the butter). On well flour surface, press into a round disc about 1 inch in height. Cut into eight wedges. I like to make smaller scones, pictured above. Divide dough in half, press each half into a round disc 1 inch in height and cut into six wedges. Place scone wedges on prepared baking sheet. Optional:  brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 16-20 minutes (depending on size), until scones just start turning golden brown.

More Scones:

Sun Dried Tomato Basil & Feta Scones

Raspberry Scones

Orange Cranberry Scones

Spiced Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones 3

 

Honey Wheat Rolls

Homemade rolls right from the oven, I usually don’t even take the time to get the butter!

Honey Wheat Rolls

Honey Wheat Rolls 1    Honey Wheat Rolls 2

3 cups very warm water (approx 110°)
2 packets (4½ tsp) dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbl salt
5½ cups whole wheat flour

In bowl of stand mixer, pour warm water, sprinkle yeast over water, and then sprinkle sugar over yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add butter, honey, white flour, and salt. Mix well. Add wheat flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing to incorporate. Knead well. Turn dough out into greased or sprayed bowl, turn dough over to coat. Cover and let rise in warm place 1 hour. Divide dough into 24 even pieces, shape into desired roll shape, and put in sprayed sheet pan. Let rise in warm place 45-60 minutes. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 15-20 minutes. I brush with 2 Tbl melted butter as they come from the oven.

More Rolls!

Sweet Bread Dinner Rolls  Lion House Rolls  One Hour Homemade Dinner Rolls 4

Dinner Rolls with a Twist!  40 Minute Rolls  Whole Wheat Refrigerator Rolls

CookiesCakesPiesOhMy.com  Cream Cheese Onion Rolls  Georgian Khachapuri

 

Apple Bran Muffins

I went to breakfast with some friends and had a wonderful apple bran muffin. It was so memorable that I went back to the café a couple days later and asked for an apple bran muffin To-Go. I really can’t keep popping in there and taking all their muffins, so I decided to give it a go at home. These satisfy the craving, loaded with apple and cinnamon spice!

Apple Bran Muffins

Apple Bran Muffins 2   Apple Bran Muffins 3

1/4 cup butter
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut in small pieces
1½ cups All-Bran Cereal
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1¼ cups flour
1¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°. Prepare 10-12 muffin cups with papers or spray with nonstick spray. I made 10 muffins, original recipe says it should make 12, you decide.

In small pan, melt butter and sauté apples for 5-10 minutes just until tender, remove from heat to cool. Combine cereal and water in large bowl; stir in buttermilk, egg, and sugar. Stir in apples with butter. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt; stir into apple mixture. Stir in nuts if desired. Scoop into prepared muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes or until muffins test done in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes, remove to cooling rack. Original recipe from tasteofhome.com.

One Year Ago: Breakfast Cookies Breakfast Cookies

Two Years Ago: Chocolate Zucchini Bread Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Three Years Ago: Dark Chocolate Nutella Brownies Dark Chocolate Nutella Brownies

Four Years Ago: White Chocolate Macadamia Blondies White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

A yummy solution for one over-ripe banana sitting on the counter!

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones 2   Banana Chocolate Chip Scones 3

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup cold butter, cut in small pieces
3/4 cup cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 banana, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Coarse/Turbinado sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 400°. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat. In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter. Add cream and vanilla; stir gently just until dough comes together. Gently fold in bananas and chocolate chips. Transfer dough to floured surface and knead dough gently a few times, until ball forms. Pat dough into 9″ circle, about 3/4-inch thick. Cut into 8 even wedges. Place wedges on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with a bit of cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. Recipe from prettysimplesweet.com.

One Year Ago: Brownie Cookies w/Chocolate Frosting Brownie Cookies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Two Years Ago: Birthday Cake Oreo Blondies Birthday Cake Oreo Sprinkle Blondies

Three Years Ago: Chocolate Cherry Bars Chocolate Cherry Bars

Four Years Ago: Mini Oreo Cheesecakes Mini Oreo Cheesecakes